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Easier visas in the works for cruise passengers visiting Taiwan|Society|News|WantChinaTimes.com

Easier visas in the works for cruise passengers visiting Taiwan|Society|News|WantChinaTimes.com | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
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Plans for liners to dock in Dun Laoghaire - Herald.ie

Plans for liners to dock in Dun Laoghaire - Herald.ie | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
PLANS are progressing for Ireland's first jumbo cruise ship berth at Dun Laoghaire.
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Work resumes on Panama Canal

Work resumes on Panama Canal | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Jacksonville, like many other seaport cities in the United States, has a lot riding on a new and improved Panama Canal. The canal eventually will handle much longer and higher ships, so ports are spending billions of dollars to get ready for them.
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Couple relieve nightmare evening aboard Marco Polo cruise ship as wind and waves battered the vessel

Couple relieve nightmare evening aboard Marco Polo cruise ship as wind and waves battered the vessel | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Littleport couple Jake and Julie Coleby had a lucky escape after an enormous wave which hit their cruise ship and killed a passenger narrowly missed them.
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BYM Marine & Maritime News

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Lines previously marketed only in Europe are opening up to North Americans. 

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Travel Tip: New & Different Attractions on Mega Cruise Ships

Travel Tip: New & Different Attractions on Mega Cruise Ships | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Here are some of the craziest cruise attractions out on the sea on new mega cruise ships.
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Remember when rock climbing walls were a big deal?

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CMV thanks travel partners following Marco Polo tragedy

CMV thanks travel partners following Marco Polo tragedy | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Description: Cruise line 'mindful of responsibility to the trade', Author: Linsey McNeill - TravelMole Media Group LLC, Publish Date: 19 February 2014, Image: , Category: Travel News
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UPDATE 1-Tourism boom drives Greece to first current account surplus on record

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Cruise pax play a big role in this I'm sure.

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Explore Southeast Asia with Pandaw River Cruises

Explore Southeast Asia with Pandaw River Cruises | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Operating a fleet of 12 luxurious vessels in Burma, Vietnam and Cambodia, Pandaw River Expeditions explore destinations still largely undiscovered by American and European travelers with many areas only accessible by river.
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Pandaw pioneered the way in Southeast Asia river cruising. Good to see them expanding and thriving.

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Sheringham couple who survived Marco Polo cruise ship disaster had concerns over standard of ship

Sheringham couple who survived Marco Polo cruise ship disaster had concerns over standard of ship | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
A couple of keen birdwatchers feel lucky to be alive after their cruise ship they were holidaying on was hit by a giant wave.
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Dramatic video shows giant waves on deadly cruise

Dramatic video shows giant waves on deadly cruise | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
This amateur video shows the giant waves as seen from the cruise ship the Marco Polo on which a man was killed when a a freak wave hit the vessel.
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Cruising in the Sea of Cortés - The Boston Globe

Cruising in the Sea of Cortés - The Boston Globe | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
SAN EVARISTA, Mexico — When it comes to steering ships — and conversations — Jill Russell, captain of the sailing ship Safari Endeavour, ranks among the best. When unseasonal winds call for a light touch and quick timing, nothing sets a course like one of her favorite one-liners. Ask where her ship, an Un-Cruise Adventures vessel, is heading that evening, and she’s on it without blinking. “I don’t know,” she says, pausing for effect. “But I’ll know when we get there.” On this particular February day in the Gulf of California, it’s close to the truth. With clouds and a cold breeze moving in over the Sea of Cortés, tonight’s safe harbor has yet to be identified.
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I'm a fan of the folks behind Un-Cruise Adventures, especially Capt. ( now VP) Jill Russell. 

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British cruise line: Passenger killed after 'freak wave' hits ship

British cruise line: Passenger killed after 'freak wave' hits ship | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
A passenger aboard the UK-based cruise ship MS Marco Polo was killed after the ship was hit by a "freak wave," the cruise line said Friday (RT @CNN: British cruise line: Passenger killed after 'freak wave' hits ship.
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As a former cruise editor, I used to get asked to name my fave ship. Rather than a glitzy newbuild, I'd always say the Marco Polo. Built as a Russian icebreaker in the sixties. So saddened by this news.
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Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture

Branson's Virgin To Pilot New Cruises Venture | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
After trains and planes, Sir Richard Branson plans a cruises venture aimed at challenging industry giants, Sky News learns.
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A Rare Journey Along the Amazon River - Culture-ist

A Rare Journey Along the Amazon River - Culture-ist | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
By Maria Russo I stood holding the spindly wooden stick with a firm grasp as the voracious predator in the black waters below me mauled the bloody chunk of (A Rare Journey Along the Amazon River http://t.co/sz6iiMnobk...
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Is the Europa 2 really the world’s best cruise ship? - The Globe and Mail

Is the Europa 2 really the world’s best cruise ship? - The Globe and Mail | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
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Was on original Europa and not all that impressed.

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Dam Threatens Existence Of Rare Dolphin

Dam Threatens Existence Of Rare Dolphin | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
A rare type of freshwater dolphin is the latest species to face extinction because of humans.

In a dire warning this week, the World Wildlife Fund said a new dam planned for Laos will throw the population of Mekong River dolphins into peril.

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The Mekong is an amazingly biodiverse river. The dolphins are a highlight of the region for anyone lucky enough to spot them.

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Widow of man killed on cruise is offered 25% off future holidays

Widow of man killed on cruise is offered 25% off future holidays | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Helen Swinstead's husband James, 85, from Colchester, Essex, died 'almost instantly' after water rushed on board the British cruise ship Marco Polo.
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More bad news re tragedy on the Marco Polo.

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New company to market Amadeus river cruises in the U.S. - Travel Weekly

New company to market Amadeus river cruises in the U.S. - Travel Weekly | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Amras Cruises Worldwide,
a river cruise company that launched in the U.S. this week, will sell
Luftner Cruises’ Amadeus fleet of river cruise vessels to the North
American market.
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US-based cruise line launches China season - Headlines, features, photo and videos from ecns.cn|china|news|chinanews|ecns|cns

US-based cruise line launches China season - Headlines, features, photo and videos from ecns.cn|china|news|chinanews|ecns|cns | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
US-based cruise line launches China season
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Top river cruises of 2014

Top river cruises of 2014 | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
The new way to travel in 2014: the river cruise. Food-fuelled tours of the Caribbean and leisurely sails around the Med are all well and good, but 2014 is the year of the river cruise, and we've got the low-down on the most exciting excursions to take on the world's rivers in the coming months.
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"Best of" lists are pretty subjective, and I can add quite a bit to this one. But the more info out there about river cruising, the better.

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Plymouth couple tell of cruise ship storm death terror

Plymouth couple tell of cruise ship storm death terror | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
A COUPLE recounted the terrifying moment they thought they were going to die as water smashed through the windows of the cruise ship they were on, killing a fellow passenger.

Angela and Bernard...
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Nasty shipmate: Why norovirus spreads on cruises

Nasty shipmate: Why norovirus spreads on cruises | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
Norovirus thrives in closed-in areas such as dormitories, hospitals and cruise ships. About 1 in 200 voyages had widespread illness, estimates CDC.
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I've been on a ship where half the pax were quaranteened. Hope never again.

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Wave Death Cruise Ship Was 'Badly Maintained'

Wave Death Cruise Ship Was 'Badly Maintained' | Cruise Vacations | Scoop.it
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More details about freak wave accident on Marco Polo.

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