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Crystal Cruisers Get to Sleep In

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Vacations are supposed to be relaxing. Especially cruises. The whole idea of cruising is to unpack only once, eat to your heart’s content, be pampered, and return to the real world feeling refreshed. But that’s not always the case. How many of us have uttered these words: “I need a vacation after that vacation!” Our travel dollars are precious, so we try to pack in as many experiences as we can in one trip. In...
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On Azamara Club Cruises, Le Club Voyage Members Get More Benefits

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If you’re one of the many fortunate travelers who have sailed on Azamara, you’re already a Le Club Voyage member. If you’re looking for another reason to try Azamara Club Cruises for the first time, this might be it. Le Club Voyage is Azamara’s loyalty program and it’s getting an upgrade in 2015, offering more benefits than ever before. Le Club Voyage has always been a leading loyalty program, with enticing benefits such as a...
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Royal Caribbean Cruises Goes High-Tech

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Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the aptly-named Quantum of the Seas, will be unveiled in November 2014 with high-tech experiences straight out of a sci-fi film. Let’s start at Two70, a multi-level entertainment environment which boasts huge mobile monitors, robotically controlled, that “dance” and move about. They are veritable performers in their own right, setting moods that range from whimsical to moody and everything in between. The vast wall of windows transforms into a seamless screen,...
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Combining Ocean Cruises with River Cruises

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A new trend in cruising is quietly growing as more cruise lines with ships small enough to navigate the world’s rivers are introducing itineraries that combine ocean and river cruising. Combination cruising is a prominent feature of Voyages to Antiquity’s 2015 Mediterranean season. The cruise line is one of several that sail up the Guadalquivir River into the heart of Seville and then explore the Roman and Moorish past of Malaga, Barcelona and Cordoba by...
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Oceania Crusies Announces Innovative 2014 Classes for Culinary Centers at Sea

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Oceania Cruises has unveiled its 2014 curriculum for the Bon Appétit Culinary Centers onboard the Marina and Riviera. A variety of classes will be offered, with wide-ranging subjects such as regional cuisines and secrets of homemade pasta and secrets to cooking fish. The multi-million-dollar, ground-breaking culinary centers feature individual work stations with induction cook tops – a first at sea – and have been a favorite onboard amenity since their debut. “While many ships offer...
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Wonderful Experience on a Barge Cruise in France

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Our Key Traveler clients just returned from a Barge Cruise in France, traveling along the Canal de Bourgogne in the Southern Burgundy region. For those of you that have never experienced a barge cruise, it ranks right at the top of the cruise experience for an intimate, small group. This particular barge holds a maximum of eight guests so this group of four couples had the barge — and its attentive crew — all to...
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises Unveils 2014-2015 Winter Collection

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises has introduced its 2014-2015 Winter Collection, spotlighting voyages to Asia, Africa, South America, South Pacific, Caribbean, Europe and Alaska. The line’s award-winning all-suite vessels will set sail for 48 itineraries and 19 Extended Voyages, visiting more than 200 destinations in 75 countries. The collection, which features voyages taking place from November 2014 through May 2015, includes 23 new destinations. “We are extremely excited about the launch of our upcoming Winter Season...
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Are Tauck Tours and River Cruises Worth More?

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In this world of Internet bargains and direct mailers, it is not always easy to determine what makes a particular tour company or river boat company a good deal. Brochures and websites don’t always tell the whole story. How does a Tauck escorted tour or a Tauck river cruise stack up against competition? This will depend on the traveler’s expectations. In Tauck’s case, the “You Get What You Pay For” motto has never been more...
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New Cruise Ships Are Increasing Again

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Cruise ship new-builds are on the move again as Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises, and now, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silversea and Celebrity Cruises are taking orders for ships about to hit the water. Regent Seven Seas has contracted with a shipyard in Italy for a 738 passenger ship featuring a completely different design than the three existing vessels, the Mariner, Voyager and the Navigator. The Regent Explorer will entertain 738 guests in...
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4 Tips On When to Book Your Next Vacation

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One of the most frequent questions Key Traveler guests ask is “When is the best time to book my cruise or land vacation?” The question could pertain to the destination or the deal. 1. Booking far in advance This is the most perplexing subject as there is no “set in stone” answer. The various scenarios depend on your own peace of mind. If you are the type of traveler that likes to plan ahead so...
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Why Is Viking River Cruises Going In The Ocean?

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If you haven’t already been aware, Viking River Cruises has expanded their fleet over the last two years at the fastest rate of any river cruise company in the world. Or, for that matter, any cruise company, river or ocean. Exciting new designs offer more spacious accommodations. Outstanding values include shore excursions, Wi-Fi, and, on their new “longships”, more full verandas to take advantage of the magnificent scenery both in port and while traveling through...
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Is Cruise Line Travel Insurance a Good Deal and Do You Really Need Trip Insurance.

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Cruise lines generally ask customers if they want travel insurance or, another phrase, travel protection, when they book direct. Is cruise line insurance a good deal? Read through the whole article. That depends on the terms and conditions of the policy and the insurance carrier that the cruise line books through. Our travel insurance advisors at Key Traveler have carefully selected policies for our clients that offer a variety of benefits from some of the...
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