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How a Luxury Cruise on Regent Seven Seas is Less than Princess and Holland America

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We took a sampling of three cruises in the Mediterranean for 2013 — Regent Seven Seas, Holland America and Princess. Since Regent is all suites, we leveled the playing field by comparing staterooms as close to each other in accommodations as possible. While not all cruisers will book a suite, we felt it was only fair to compare using an “apples to apples” approach. For our clients that prefer to save more money by booking...
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The Ultimate Alaska Vacation on a Small Cruise Ship

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Picture yourself on an Alaska cruise. What images come to mind? Mega ships teeming with families? Pricey shore excursions? Touristy, “native” villages? For travelers who want a more authentic, more adult experience, and who want to experience the real Alaska, Key Traveler has the perfect alternative. Our supplier of small-ship adventure cruises to Alaska offers guests a truly up-close and personal Alaskan experience. On these voyages, you’ll see breathtaking beauty, stunning glaciers, amazing wildlife and...
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Oceania Announces Half-Price Excursion Packages

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Oceania Cruises does Alaska the same way it does its other itineraries … with casual elegance, superb service and food that is not to be believed. Now Oceania’s gone one step farther and announced a limited-time special — half-off Unlimited Shore Excursion Packages on select Alaska sailings. Couples can save up to $999 by taking advantage of 2-for-1 Unlimited Shore Excursions. Sail in style and discover Alaska’s incomparable natural beauty and wildlife. Here are just...
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When Smaller Cruise Ships Are Better

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Most cruisers know the basic differences between small ship cruises and large (or mega) ship cruises. On small ships, there are no huge crowds to get through, no long lines to wait on, no need to make reservations for onboard activities and generally speaking, small ship cruises are all-casual or country-club casual. As far as itineraries go, small ships can dock at smaller ports, therefore allowing for more unusual destinations. And that translates back to...
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Seabourn vs Regent vs Oceania Cruises

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Cruise lines are classified as “luxury” if they meet certain criteria. Ships have to be all-suites, offer free wine and have in-suite Butler service. People who cruise with top luxury lines like Regent Seven Seas know that the higher cruise fares they’re paying “include” items that would be extra on other, less expensive cruises, where extras are a la carte. Want a Penthouse Suite on Oceania with Butler service? No problem. It’s about choices. Now,...
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Marcy & Jeff’s Silversea Cruise: Expectations Exceeded and Prejudices Shattered

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As we prepared to depart for our recent Silversea cruise, Jeff was vexed about the suit and tie, newly dry-cleaned and carefully packed in the suitcase. We’re not used to cruises that require formal dress. We’re all about casual luxury. The picture in our heads about the Silversea cruise we were embarking on was “formality.” As we soon discovered, yes, there were formal nights, but that’s where the formality ended. THE SHIP From the moment...
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The New 7 Wonders of the World, part 2 — South America

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How do you beat the winter blahs? Go south! Winter in North America means summer sunshine in South America. With South American destinations in high demand, there is an abundance of ways to explore this immense continent. Best of all, travelers can see two more of the New 7 Wonders of the World. And, if planned carefully, you can experience both of them in one trip! Christ the Redeemer Statue – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil...
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Top 23 Travel Apps for Smart Phones and Tablets

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We at Key Traveler love our technology, so we’ve compiled a list of travel apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy smart phones and tablets. Thanks to technology, global WiFi and a preponderance of smart mobile devices, travelers no longer have to be apprehensive about where to go, what to see, how to get there and more. With the number of people who own smartphones approaching 1 billion (and this number...
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Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s New, Faster WiFi

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The speed, or lack of speed, of WiFi on a cruise ship has been an ongoing subject of conversation for travelers wishing to stay connected while traveling away from home. Royal Caribbean’s cruise passengers have very little to complain about. The gorgeous, amenity-drenched ships provide experiences and services that are pretty close to perfect. But the one universal grumble – voiced by passengers across the cruise line spectrum — has to do with the excruciating...
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Are You A Celebrity?

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Get the Star Treatment You don’t have to be a Hollywood or New York “Celebrity” to enjoy one of the best vacation trips in the world. Travel on a Celebrity Cruise to the Caribbean, South America, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, the Galapagos or Europe and you will be a star. We have cruised on the Solstice Class Celebrity ships and, in our opinion, these are “as good as it gets” for the size and...
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Why Travelers Love Oceania Cruises

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In ten short years, Oceania Cruises has risen to the exclusive rating as the world’s elegant upper premium cruise line. Glowing Oceania reviews have poured in from travel forums, as well as from Key Traveler’s own large and loyal clientele. They have consistently praised their culinary experiences, and Oceania’s friendly and helpful staff, the in-depth itineraries, the casual atmosphere and most of all, the value. Anyone want good food? Where good is not good enough...
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