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Pullmantur's Blue Dream will enter the Celebrity fleet in April 2007, after getting some upgrades in dry dock and changing its name to the Celebrity Journey. In exchange, the Zenith will become part of Pullmantur's fleet....read more»

Silversea has just announced that it is going to test out a new program, called Privileged Passage, to take some of the formality out of cruising. Guests will be able to wear resort-casual clothing day and night, access the spa during expanded hours, and explore the ports on complimentary tours....read more»

In eight years, you may be able to sail on a gigantic mega-ship through the Panama Canal. According to the Associated Press, Panamanian citizens voted this week to approve construction of a third lock, which would double the capacity of the canal....read more»

Most Carnival cruisers happily get tipsy on tropical drinks and cheap beer. On December 3, those easy-to-please drinkers will have to move over for a more discriminating set. That's because the Carnival Valor will be home to the "Presidential Wine Cruise."...read more»

With only a few cruise seasons under its belt, easyCruise is still breaking every cruising tradition and inventing a few of its own. Its latest departure from the norm is a partnership with eBay, allowing would-be cruisers to bid for cruise vacations....read more»

How do cruise lines create a festive atmosphere for their guests? Royal Caribbean offers cookie decorating, eggnog parties, caroling, gift giving, ice skating, and pictures with Santa, as well as holiday movies, menorah lighting, and Christmas mass....read more»

While mainstream and premium lines have been churning out new-builds, all has been quiet on the luxury front. Until now. At a press conference today, Seabourn revealed that it has ordered two new luxury ships to be delivered in spring 2009 and 2010....read more»

For the rest of this work week, Holland America is discounting cruises around the globe. Beginning today, October 18, and continuing through Friday, October 20, you can find sale fares starting at $499....read more»

While I've been blogging from Carnival's Fantasy, much has been going on in the cruising world. Here's the recap of last week's news so you can catch up....read more»

You don't need to book a tour to have fun in Nassau. I went shopping and sightseeing in Nassau and explored the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island on my own....read more»

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