Silversea’s Inclusive Mediterranean, Shore Excursions & WiFi

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Interview with Silversea’s Kristian C. Anderson about the line’s newest luxury offerings Ultra-luxury line Silversea has called the Mediterranean home for all of its two-decade existence. Now, the company is rolling out the red carpet and inviting its guests to experience the Mediterranean with some enticing perks thrown in. Silversea recently unveiled a brand-new offering for 2015, available on all… [Read More]

Big Ship Cruising: MSC Divina Live Voyage Report – Day 5

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Conquest of Paradise Wednesday, February 11, 2015 If you’re wondering if you should splurge for a balcony stateroom on your next cruise, consider the morning I had aboard MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina as she slipped silently into the harbour in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The globetrotting Christopher Columbus discovered San Juan on what was literally… [Read More]

Big Ship Cruising: MSC Divina Live Voyage Report – Day 4

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European Cruising Meets Dutch Heritage in St. Maarten Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports Tuesday, February 10, 2015 Just after eight o’clock this morning, MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina came alongside in the island paradise that is Philipsburg, St. Maarten. Discovered by Christopher Columbus on November 11, 1493, the town itself was actually founded nearly 300 years… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Livorno: Ponte Vecchio In Florence

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The iconic Medieval stone-enclosed bridge crossing the Arno River is known as Ponte Vecchio. The bridge is pedestrian friendly, and you’ll definitely want to walk across it. You’ll find the bridge to be as interesting on the inside as it is on the outside. Butchers were the original occupants of the shops lining both sides of… [Read More]

Shore Excursions From Livorno: Florence, The Beautiful

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Florence is like a Tuscan jewel with its beautiful domed cathedrals and its colorful inner city, with its wide piazzas that are perfect for play and for framing the icons of Florentine beauty. Be sure to see Michelangelo’s David, the most famous of sculptures here in the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. The historic center, with… [Read More]

Big Ship Cruising: MSC Divina Live Voyage Report – Day 3

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At Sea En-Route to Philipsburg, St. Maarten Monday, February 9, 2015 In the old days, doctors used to routinely prescribe a “long sea voyage” as the cure-all for a variety of ailments. It was thought that the ocean air had rejuvenating powers, and that being at sea was good for the patient’s overall well-being. While… [Read More]

MSC Divina Live Voyage Report – Day 2

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Sailing the Caribbean Blue aboard MSC Divina Sunday, February 8, 2015 After departing from Miami, Florida last evening, MSC Cruises’ MSC Divina is making her way towards our first port of call: Philipsburg, St. Maarten. A total of 1,084 nautical miles separate us from our first stop on our Eastern Caribbean adventure, but that’s not… [Read More]