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Alaska By Ship
By Sid Kaplan
When was the last time you saw an eagle descend from the sky, or stood in awe as a glacier cracked and an ice berg emerged...

If You Can Afford A Vacation - You Can Afford A Cruise!
By Sid Kaplan
There will be very few times in your life when you are completely free. Free from cares, responsibilities, chores, deadlines, timetables, ringing phones or demanding voices. It’s time to start planning for such a vacation and you feel overwhelmed by all the choices.

Dining Out At Sea
By Sid Kaplan
If eating fine food is your pleasure, a cruise vacation is for you...

Entertainment At Sea
By Sid Kaplan
Are you on Broadway or a cruise ship? These amazing shows will have you wondering. They're offered several times a week, and shouldn't be missed!

Internet Cruises - Shopping Online
By Sid Kaplan
"If you build it, they will come." That advice, which prompted an Iowa farmer in the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" to plow over his corn field and build a baseball diamond, has become the mantra of many high-tech startups promoting electronic commerce on the Internet. And the cruise travel industry has also embraced this “shop by computer” concept.

QE2 - The Grand Ocean Liner
By Sid Kaplan
Imagine a floating palace where the pleasures are unmatched. Where royalty, millionaires, astronauts and film stars have been known to stroll on gleaming teak decks while savoring the earth’s most dramatic panoramas.

The Luxury Cruise
By Sid Kaplan
A great cruise is much more than a journey. A luxury cruise is blending the grandeur and nobility of seafaring with the imagination and style of the good life. It is my favorite way to explore the world. Moving up to a luxury ship helps make memories that endure forever.

SeaDream - Your Private Villa At Sea
By Sid Kaplan
Just what is the "Good Life"? Undoubtedly it’s many things to many people. But perhaps your definition is very close to mine. The Good Life allows you the freedom and privacy to be yourself, to let yourself go, so to speak, in an unstructured and unprogrammed ambience. Serenity when you want it...

Star Clippers - Romance The Wind
By Sid Kaplan
Since the earliest days of sail, there has been something special about traveling by ship. It’s about fresh air and sunshine, breathtaking vistas and 360-degree views and new cultures and delightful discoveries...

Windstar - Wind, Water, Luxury, Life
By Sid Kaplan
It has come to your attention that you absolutely need a vacation. Not of the usual sort. A vacation that blows out the cobwebs, jump-starts the spirit, and puts your senses in a state where reality and fantasy trade places...

A Land Divided - A World United - The Panama Canal
By Sid Kaplan
The Panama Canal has been called “the big ditch”, “the bridge between two continents” and “the greatest shortcut in the world”.

Tahiti -The Delightful Land beyond Imagination
By Sid Kaplan
Tahiti? Why not? The kids are grown and gone, the mortgage is paid off and it is winter! For the first time you are free to let reality and fantasy trade places with thoughts of lush faraway places. And now it’s your turn.

33 Travel Safety Tips
By Matthew Keegan
Traveling abroad or within the US to destinations unfamiliar can put you at risk. You can lessen the chance you will fall victim to crime by following these important tips.

A Stay At Old San Juan In Puerto Rico
By Clint Leung
One of the most used departure ports for cruise ships in the Caribbean is San Juan in Puerto Rico. We decided to arrive a day early to San Juan in order to see some sights before our cruise ship departure.

Santorini Cruiser's Guide
By Lauren Fisher
Santorini has long been regarded as a popular cruise destination. As you step off your ship onto the idyllic village of Thira, it’s easy to see why.

Crystal Symphony Review
By Lissa Antflick
I just returned from a wonderful 10 day cruise on the Crystal Symphony and would like to share my voyage with you.

A Yangtze River Cruise Is Still Worth It
By Judy McEuen
You know I often say we're not cruise people, but we have done some exotic river trips... the Nile in Egypt and the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea, and now this Yangtze River Cruise we included in our small group custom tour to China.

Your Talent For A Free Cruise
By Daniel Hall
Free Cruise? It’s true! You can trade your talents for free (or substantially discounted) luxury cruises...

Cruise Cabins - A FAQ guide
By Aurora Johnson
A short guide to some frequently asked questions about cruise ship cabins.

Bingo at Sea
By Sid Kaplan
Under the “G” for Great Holiday. Bingo players can take their passion for the game to new heights by enjoying play aboard most of the world’s finest cruise lines.

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Did You Know?.

CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) 62 cruise line members represent more than 90 percent of global cruise capacity, with 482,000 berths on CLIA Member ships. With more than 22 million people cruising worldwide each year, the cruise industry will invest $25 billion to launch 55 new ships between 2015 and 2020. In 2015, the industry will introduce six new oceangoing cruise ships and 16 new river cruise ships.

Top 2014 Cruise Trends (CLIA)

Rebound in luxury cruising (luxury category ships, onboard upgrades) based on an improving economy and increased consumer confidence

Multigenerational and celebration travel increase for all passenger source markets with larger sized family as well as social/ affinity groups traveling together

Continued development and availability of technology to facilitate and lower the cost of onboard communications as well as to provide more efficient passenger servicing

Expectation of first-time passenger growth driven by the 95 million Millennial generation based on population size and positive experiences cruising with their parents

Cruise lines offering more all-inclusive options and packaging in accommodations, services and amenities for increased ease in booking and ship enjoyment

Cruises increasingly attracting consumers seeking active vacations with extreme excursions, longer stays in ports for sightseeing and high-energy onboard facilities

Seeing the world in comfort and ease, especially exotic locations, will continue to drive new itinerary creation and cruise ship deployment

Hot destinations for 2014 according to CLIA cruise line members include: Trans Pacific, World Cruises, U.S. Rivers, South America, Antarctic, Middle East, Canada/New England, Africa and Exotic Rivers