As of Friday, the enforced gratuity charge of $7.50 per adult per day won’t be charged to your shipboard account; if you want to tip any a member of crew for exceptional service, it will be a matter of choice.
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Construction on The Yachts of Seabourn’s third new ship in as many years, Seabourn Quest, is a month ahead of schedule for delivery in May 2011, leading the cruise line to announce she will sail two pre-inaugural cruises before her maiden voyage in June 2011.
Cruising in Asia and the Pacific offers the chance to explore a rich array of native folklore and art. Indigenous culture is in vogue and interest shows no sign of abating. The movie Avatar, in which audiences side with the indigenous blue-skinned Na’vi people on fictional planet Pandora, was simply highlighting a trend.
A high-Arctic wildlife smorgasbord awaits travellers to Spitsbergen. Our adventure cruise editor, Roderick Eime, fills his plate to overflowing.
Over there on the iceberg: about 100 metres,” calls Judd Hill, our sea guide, in a loud whisper. “Where?!” I respond with less restraint and more volume. “There: he’s looking at us now,” Hill replies.
After two days of jetlag recovery at Hilton Beach Resort at Fort Lauderdale, Island Princess was a blast. My wife, Dorothy, and I enjoyed a quick and smooth embarkation and the first night on board set the tone for the cruise. We walked into The Wheelhouse Bar on Promenade Deck and Raj, the bar tender, said, “How are you?” He remembered me from two previous cruises on Pacific Princess and Sun Princess.
Fondly known as ‘Beretts’ to national television audiences, Seven’s Sunrise sports anchor and occasional host Mark Beretta has covered four Olympic Games and almost every major sporting event since his career in journalism began some 16 years ago. Mark is also a 10-time Australian Water Ski Championships winner and recently he took his first ocean cruise, aboard P&O Cruises UK’s Aurora from Melbourne to Adelaide.