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Disney Cruise Line to upgrade Castaway Cay with new amenities and private cabanas

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 31 - 2009

Disney Cruise Line is expanding amenities and services at Castaway Cay, the line’s 1,000-acre private Bahamian island. Additions will include a 700-foot extension to the family beach, new deluxe private cabanas, new food and beverage outlets, a teen Hide Out and new water features. The new additions are scheduled to be in place by next summer, in time for special five-night cruises on Disney Wonder with two stops at Castaway Cay, and the new Disney Dream launching in early 2011.

The extended Family Beach area will add Cookies Two, a lunch buffet venue; Sand Bar which will serve specialty cocktails, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. For beach rentals, the new Flippers & Floats will provide inner tubes, snorkels, masks and fins. A new Buy the Sea Shore venue will sell Castaway Cay-exclusive items and beach essentials, complementing the existing merchandise location. The new Pelican Plunge water feature is a 2,400 square foot floating platform within swimming distance from shore that will offer two water slides, a giant ‘bucket dump’ and four water cannons to fire at floating targets. On the island, a 2,400 square foot water play area dubbed Spring-a-Leak will provide a new cooling-off spot that simulates a washed-away beach dwelling with dripping pipes, broken plumbing and hissing misters. Water jets will squirt, spray and saturate visitors. Scuttle’s Cove, the hub of the island’s youth activities, will feature a new water play area for the youngest visitors as part of the supervised youth activities on Castaway Cay. A 1,200 square foot soft wet deck area will provide pop jets, geysers and bubblers.

Twenty new private cabanas, for rent, will offer a deluxe beach retreat with included and a la carte services and the option of a cabana host. Most of the 325sq ft cabanas will dot the far side of Family Beach, but a handful will be located on Serenity Bay Beach, exclusively for adults. With all the new additions Castaway Ray’s Stingray Adventure will be moved to a different location in the lagoon, providing more space. Teens will get a new, secluded Hide Out with activities and refreshments. A new shaded game pavilion will be centrally located near Family Beach. Three new massage cabanas will be added to the adults-only beach for a total of eight. Sounds like family fun!

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Silversea Cruises announces Silver Links golf voyages for 2010

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 31 - 2009

Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will once again host its popular Silver Links golf program on 12 diverse itineraries aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper in 2010.

The program offers golf enthusiasts the chance to perfect their swing on 30 of the most beautiful and challenging courses in 15 countries and island destinations throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the Americas.

“Our golf cruises are an excellent option for the affluent traveler looking to sharpen his or her game,” said Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America. “Avid golfers of all levels can combine a luxury vacation with the chance to enjoy guided golf excursions and priority tee times at some of the world’s most celebrated links and fairways.”

The Silver Links voyages offer optional golfing excursions in multiple ports arranged and escorted by the ship’s golf professional. From the breathtaking Pacific scenery of the Cape Kidnappers Golf Club in Napier, to the gently rolling fairways at the elegant Fairmont Pierre Marques Golf Club in Acapulco, to the ancient dunes and pine groves at Zeebrugge’s Royal Zoute Golf Club, guests will have a chance to perfect their game at some of the world’s most challenging and revered championship courses.

The escorted, optional golfing excursions vary in price from course to course and include transfers to and from the select golf courses, pull or power-drive carts (where available), green and any applicable caddy fees. Should guests choose to leave their clubs at home, the finest Nike Golf clubs and golf essentials are available for rental or purchase. Golf clubs can be rented for as little as $45 per day with multiple-day and equipment packages available.

On each of these exciting voyages rich in golf destinations, guests will also have the opportunity to advance their game aboard ship with the help of a PGA “Class A” certified golf professional, who is available to organize personalized instruction, specialty group clinics, demonstrations and even putting contests. While some group activities are complimentary, there is a fee for private lessons.

Golfers have the option to further hone their skills aboard ship with sophisticated split-screen swing analysis utilizing the most advanced V1 digital coaching system, the same software selected by PGA.com as their preferred instructional technology. The cost for private swing analysis starts at just $30.

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Allergy-proofing your cruise

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 31 - 2009

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from some sort of allergy, there are ways to make your next cruise vacation easier on the sinuses. If you have allergies or asthma, planning before you cruise can help keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing, and attacks under control while sailing the seas.
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Carnival Pride Final night

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 28 - 2009

Our last day at sea was a rocky one, but the seas seem to be calming down as we approach the Chesapeake. We managed to outrun Tropical Storm Danny and fight high winds from the north.

This is the worst part of any cruise – the last night. Time to pack the bags and say good-bye to all the wonderful crew and guests we have bonded with for the past 8 nights. This cruise has been wonderful in so many ways. Great food and more importantly terrific service.

Our cabin steward Daniel from Haiti has done an amazing job keeping our stateroom fresh. Waiters Kadek and Ali from Indonesia have been superb by providing us with top-notch service in the main dining room. Maitre’d Andrea from Italy has orchestrated a perfect service ambiance for all the guests onboard and Sen, the amiable “table artist” from India, has performed amazing magic tricks for the kids.

Being able to drive to a cruise offers great convenience, not to mention tremendous cost savings by not having to buy airline tickets. Carnival has a winner sailing the Pride out of Baltimore year round. Every guest I have spoken with wants to come back for another cruise. Simply put – you can’t beat the convenience and amazing value for the money.

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Carnival Pride Day 7 – Whoa Danny boy!

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 28 - 2009

It’s 1:30 AM and the Carnival Pride is having a rodeo ride at sea. We are currently east of Jacksonville, Fla. and Tropical Storm Danny is several hundred miles to the east of our position.

Winds are gusting between 25-45 mph and the seas are rough. The Pride is hauling back to Baltimore this evening doing 21 knots. The rough seas started around 5:00 PM – a few hours after leaving Freeport, Bahamas. This evening’s show “Jazzin” had to be canceled because it was deemed too unsafe for the dancers to be on stage. In place they changed to the ship’s comedian Tommy Drake.

Stay tuned to more Pride blogs…

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Carnival Pride Day 6 Atlantis Aquaventure

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On August - 27 - 2009

The problem with a great beach day is getting a little lax on reapplying the sunscreen especially after playing various beach activities. Such was my misery this morning…I am red on the tops of my shoulders and thighs – ouch! No playing in the pool today. The kids had a great time, but I had no choice but to stay in the shade.

The Atlantis Resort is an amazing place that offers 141-acres of waterscapes comprised of 20 million gallons of fresh and saltwater. There are more than 50,000 sea creatures here from the tiniest tropical fish all the way to the massive Manta Ray. The Aquaventure area is nirvana for kids young and old alike with its mile long rapids and wave river to the Mayan Temple’s five water slides and 7-story Power Tower which offers four massive slides. This is definitely a great family fun day that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. If you go be prepared for a hit on the wallet — it’s $120 per person!

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