Cruise Ships from Around the World

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    Celebrity Eclipse Leaves the Shipyard for the First Time

    Celebrity Eclipse Leaves the Shipyard for the First Time
    ••• Third Ship in Solstice Class Makes Debut in Germany Celebrity Eclipse Leaves the Shipyard for the First Time. Celebrity Eclipse Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

    Photos of Cruise Ships

    How many times have you seen an elegant cruise ship in a harbor or at the dock and taken a photo of it? Here are some pictures of miscellaneous cruise ships of all shapes and sizes. I think it is always fun to look at ships and wonder what they look like inside, where they are going, or where they have been, don't you? Some of these cruise ships I have sailed on at different times than when these cruise ship pictures were made, but it was great to see them again!

    The Celebrity Eclipse leaves the shipyard for the first time on February 28, 2010.

    The public had their first glimpse of the Celebrity Eclipse as she emerged from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The ship entered service in April 26, 2010.

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    Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam Floats Out of Shipyard

    Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam Floats Out of Shipyard
    ••• New Holland America Cruise Ship to Launch in Summer 2010 Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam Floats Out of Shipyard. Holland America Line Nieuw Amsterdam Courtesy of Holland America Line

    The Nieuw Amsterdam floats out of the shipyard for the first time.

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    Holland America Line ms Nieuw Amsterdam Bulbous Bow

    Holland America Line ms Nieuw Amsterdam Bulbous Bow
    ••• Close-up View of Bulbous Bow on New Cruise Ship Holland America Line ms Nieuw Amsterdam Bulbous Bow. ms Nieuw Amsterdam Courtesy of Holland America Line

    The Holland America Line ms Nieuw Amsterdam floats out of the shipyard for the first time.

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    Costa Franca C

    Costa Franca C
    ••• Classic Cruise Ship Sailed the Caribbean 50 Years Ago Costa Franca C. Costa Franca C Photo Courtesy of Costa Cruises

    Passengers on the 552 berth Franca C enjoyed sleek, elegant interiors designed by Nino Zoncada. Accommodations, all in one class, featured bathrooms and air conditioning, heralding a new era of pleasure cruises.

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    Carnival Fantasy at the Shipyard in Mobile, Alabama

    Carnival Fantasy Undergoing Refurbishment in Mobile, Alabama
    ••• Carnival Fantasy-Class Ship Undergoes "Extreme Makeover" Carnival Fantasy Undergoing Refurbishment in Mobile, Alabama. Photo Courtesy of Ronnie Garrison

    My husband Ronnie was fishing in Mobile and took this photo of the Carnival Fantasy at the shipyard. See below the photo for information on the upgrade.

    Carnival Fantasy Upgrades
    The 70,000-ton Carnival Fantasy's extensive renovation in the fall of 2008 is part of the line's $250 million refurbishment program for its eight Fantasy-class vessels. The "extreme makeover" will include a new Carnival WaterWorks aqua park that will feature a 300-foot-long corkscrew water slide, dual-lane 82-foot-long racing slides and various water spray apparatus.

    Also featured will be Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat featuring plush chaise lounges and chairs, oversized umbrellas, teak decking and two whirlpools, while the "resort-style" main pool will incorporate a tropical theme with thatched roofs, faux palm trees, colorful umbrellas, and a tiled "beach" bordering the pool.

    Carnival Fantasy also offers 12 themed lounges and bars, a nine-hole miniature golf course, a...MORE 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival facility, three restaurants, full casino gambling, a comprehensive golf program where guests can play top Caribbean courses, and organized programs for children in three different age groups – "Camp Carnival" for youngsters, "Circle C" for 12- to 14-year olds, and "Club O2" for older teens.

    Carnival Fantasy also offers a variety of staterooms and suites, all of which feature the "Carnival Comfort Bed" sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows. Ship-wide Wi-Fi access and cell phone service are also available.

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    Celebrity Solstice Arrives in Florida

    Celebrity Solstice Arrives in Florida
    ••• Celebrity Cruises' Newest Ship Sails into the USA for the First Time Celebrity Solstice Arrives in Florida. Celebrity Solstice Photo Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

    Celebrity welcomed its newest ship on November 3 as the Celebrity Solstice arrived in South Florida, having crossed the Atlantic from the Meyer Werft shipyard.

    Celebrity Solstice was named in formal ceremonies on November 14, 2008 and entered service November 23, 2008.

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    Eurodam at St. Thomas in the Caribbean - Holland America Eurodam

    Eurodam at St. Thomas in the Caribbean - Holland America Eurodam
    ••• View of the Charlotte Amalie Harbor Eurodam at St. Thomas in the Caribbean - Holland America Eurodam. Eurodam Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Charolotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands almost always includes one or more cruise ships such as the Holland America Eurodam.

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    Carnival Freedom at Night

    Carnival Freedom at Night
    ••• Mediterranean Cruise on the Carnival Freedom Carnival Freedom at Night. Photo Courtesy of Paul Kinney, Used with Permission

    Paul and his wife Dee sent in this photo and an excellent review of their Mediterranean cruise on the Carnival Freedom.

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    Seven Seas Mariner, Silver Shadow, and Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Juneau

    Seven Seas Mariner, Silver Shadow, and Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Juneau Is Capital City of Alaska and Popular Port of Call for Cruise Ships Seven Seas Mariner, Silver Shadow, and Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Cruise Ship Photo in Juneau (c) Linda Garrison

    Numerous cruise ships are often in port in Juneau during the busy summer cruise season. The small ships Spirit of Yorktown, Spirit of Discovery, and Lindblad Sea Lion were also in Juneau on the day we docked on the Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Mariner. Juneau has as many as eight ships visiting on any one day!

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    Carnival Spirit and Silversea Silver Shadow in Juneau, Alaska

    Carnival Spirit and Silversea Silver Shadow in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Carnival Spirit and Silversea Silver Shadow in Juneau, Alaska. Cruise Ship Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Carnival Spirit Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Celebrity Mercury at Anchor in Sitka, Alaska

    Celebrity Mercury at Anchor in Sitka, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Celebrity Mercury at Anchor in Sitka, Alaska. Celebrity Mercury Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska

    Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska. Carnival Spirit Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska

    Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Carnival Spirit at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska. Carnival Spirit in Skagway Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown and Silversea Silver Shadow in Skagway, Alaska

    Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown and Silversea Silver Shadow in Skagway, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Cruise West Spirit of Yorktown and Silversea Silver Shadow in Skagway, Alaska. Cruise Ship Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Celebrity Mercury Sailing Away from Sitka, Alaska

    Celebrity Mercury Sailing Away from Sitka, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Celebrity Mercury Sailing Away from Sitka, Alaska. Celebrity Mercury Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Coral Princess at Sea in Alaska

    Coral Princess at Sea in Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Coral Princess at Sea in Alaska. Coral Princess Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Carnival Spirit in Juneau, Alaska

    Carnival Spirit in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Cruise Ships in Alaska Carnival Spirit in Juneau, Alaska. Carnival Spirit Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Crown Princess

    Crown Princess cruise ship
    ••• Princess Cruises' Ship Launched in June 2006 Crown Princess cruise ship. Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises

    The Crown Princess was named in New York City on June 14, 2006. She will sail the Caribbean. 

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    Crown Princess Sea Trials

    Crown Princess during sea trials
    ••• Crown Princess during sea trials. Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises

     This picture of the Crown Princess was taken during sea trials prior to her christening in New York City.

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    Crown Princess Sails into New York City

    Crown Princess Sails into New York City Past the Statue of Liberty
    ••• New Cruise Ship Arrives in New York for Naming Ceremony Crown Princess Sails into New York City Past the Statue of Liberty. Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises

    The Crown Princess cruise ship arrives in New York City for the first time. Like many ships before her, she sails past the Statue of Liberty into New York.

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    AIDA Aura Cruise Ship in Venice, Italy

    AIDA Aura Cruise Ship in Venice
    ••• AIDA Aura Cruise Ship in Venice. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    If you look closely, you can see a McDonald's restaurant flag with golden arches flying on a mast near the front of the ship.

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    Celebrity Century in Copenhagen, Denmark

    Celebrity Century in Copenhagen, Denmark
    ••• Celebrity Century in Copenhagen, Denmark. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    The Celebrity Century sails away from Copenhagen on her way to more northern Europe ports of call.

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    Celebrity Century Cruises the Gulf of Finland on the Way to St. Petersburg

    Celebrity Century Cruises the Gulf of Finland on the Way to St. Petersburg, Russia
    ••• Celebrity Century Cruises the Gulf of Finland on the Way to St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Classic International Cruises' Arion in the Harbor at St. Bart's

    Classic International Cruises' Arion in the Harbor at St. Bart's
    ••• Classic International Cruises' Arion in the Harbor at St. Bart's. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Clipper Adventurer Sails into Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Clipper Adventurer Sails into Dubrovnik, Croatia
    ••• Clipper Adventurer Sails into Dubrovnik, Croatia. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Club Med 2 Sailing Off the Coast of Dominica in the Caribbean

    Club Med 2 Sailing Off the Coast of Dominica in the Caribbean
    ••• Club Med 2 Sailing Off the Coast of Dominica in the Caribbean. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Costa Atlantica in Oslo, Norway

    Costa Atlantica in Oslo, Norway
    ••• Costa Atlantica in Oslo, Norway. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Costa Atlantica in Oslo, Norway

    Costa Atlantica in Oslo, Norway
    ••• Costa Atlantica in Oslo, Norway. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Costa Fortuna in Naples, Italy

    Costa Fortuna in Naples, Italy
    ••• Costa Fortuna in Naples, Italy. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cunard Queen Mary 2 at Sea

    Cunard Queen Mary 2 at Sea
    ••• Cunard Line's Ocean Liner the Queen Mary 2 Cunard Queen Mary 2 at Sea. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line

     The Queen Mary 2 is one of the great ocean liners of the Cunard Line.

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    Cunard Queen Mary 2

    Cunard Queen Mary 2
    ••• Cunard Queen Mary 2. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line
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    Deilmann Cruises' Berlin at the Dock in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Deilmann Cruises' Berlin at the Dock in St. Petersburg, Russia
    ••• Deilmann Cruises' Berlin at the Dock in St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    easycruise one at the Dock in Barbados

    easycruise one at the Dock in Barbados
    ••• easycruise one at the Dock in Barbados. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Island Sky in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Island Sky in St. Petersburg, Russia
    ••• Island Sky in St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    MSC Monterey Cruise Ship in Cadiz, Spain

    MSC Monterey Cruise Ship in Cadiz, Spain
    ••• MSC Monterey Cruise Ship in Cadiz, Spain. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    MSC Cruises' the MSC Monterey is now retired. This photo was taken in 2005. It's always nice to see old ships.

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    Royal Caribbean International Empress of the Seas in Bermuda

    Royal Caribbean International Empress of the Seas in Bermuda
    ••• Royal Caribbean International Empress of the Seas in Bermuda. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Seven Seas Navigator and Minerva II at the Dock in St. Petersburg, Russia

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    Swan Hellenic Minerva II in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Swan Hellenic Minerva II in St. Petersburg, Russia
    ••• Swan Hellenic Minerva II in St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    National Geographic Endeavor in Antarctica

    National Geographic Endeavor expedition ship in Antarctica
    ••• Antarctic Ship Is Often Leased to Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Endeavor expedition ship in Antarctica. Endeavor Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Crown Princess Sails into New York City Past the Statue of Liberty

    Crown Princess Sails into New York City Past the Statue of Liberty
    ••• Crown Princess Sails into New York City Past the Statue of Liberty. Photo Courtesy of Princess Cruises
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    Norwegian Coastal Voyage MS Fram Under Construction

    Norwegian Coastal Voyage MS Fram Under Construction
    ••• Norwegian Coastal Voyage MS Fram Under Construction. Photo Courtesy of Norwegian Coastal Voyage

    The new Norwegian Coastal Voyage (NCV) expedition ship the MS Fram under construction. The Fram will launch in May 2007

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    Maple Leaf Adventures

    Maple Leaf Sails the Fjords of Alaska and the Inside Passage
    ••• Maple Leaf Sails the Fjords of Alaska and the Inside Passage Maple Leaf Sails the Fjords of Alaska and the Inside Passage. Photo Courtesy of Kevin J. Smith
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    Cunard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 Ocean Liners

    Cunard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 Ocean Liners at the Dock in Fort Lauderdale
    ••• Two Grand Ocean Liners Rendezvous in Fort Lauderdale Before World Cruises Cunard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 Ocean Liners at the Dock in Fort Lauderdale. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line

    On January 10, 2007, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 set sail on simultaneous World Cruises from Ft. Lauderdale.

    Hundreds of spectators turned out to view the ships' ceremonial "Royal Rendezvous" just offshore. Queen Mary 2 embarked on her first-ever World Cruise - an 80-day circumnavigation of the globe - while Queen Elizabeth 2 began her "Silver Jubilee World Cruise" - an exotic 108-day voyage marking her 25th around the world.

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    Caribbean Princess Coming into the Dock at St. Maarten in the Caribbean

    Caribbean Princess Coming into the Dock at St. Maarten in the Caribbean
    ••• Caribbean Princess Coming into the Dock at St. Maarten in the Caribbean. Caribbean Princess Picture Courtesy of Edward
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    Golden Princess at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Golden Princess at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    ••• Golden Princess Looks Golden as the Cruise Ship Is Lit Up at Night! Golden Princess at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Golden Princess Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    This picture of the Golden Princess was taken from the Celebrity Cruises' Infinity as we sailed from Buenos Aires.

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    Golden Princess at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Golden Princess at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    ••• Golden Princess at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Golden Princess Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Celebrity Cruises' Infinity at the Dock in Montevideo, Uruguay

    Celebrity Cruises' Infinity at the Dock in Montevideo, Uruguay
    ••• Celebrity Cruises' Infinity at the Dock in Montevideo, Uruguay. Infinity Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Some cruise ships like the Infinity spend their summer months in northern climates such as Alaska.

    Celebrity Infinity at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

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    Queen Mary 2 in Hong Kong Harbor

    Cunard Queen Mary 2 in Hong Kong Harbor
    ••• Cunard Ship Visits Hong Kong on World Cruise Cunard Queen Mary 2 in Hong Kong Harbor. Queen Mary 2 Picture Courtesy of Cunard Line

    Cunard's Queen Mary 2 sails through Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong en route to Singapore as part of her 80-day maiden world voyage.

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    Cunard Queen Mary 2 Makes Her Maiden Call in Dubai, UAE

    The Cunard Queen Mary 2 ocean liner makes her first visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
    ••• Queen Mary 2 Visits Dubai on Her First World Cruise The Cunard Queen Mary 2 ocean liner makes her first visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Queen Mary 2 Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line
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    Holland America Westerdam and Costa Magica at Grand Turk Island

    The Holland America Line Westerdam and the Costa Magica at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos
    ••• New Port of Call in the Turks & Caicos Is Already Popular with Cruise Ships The Holland America Line Westerdam and the Costa Magica at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. Photo Courtesy of Barbara Crews

    The docking facility at Grand Turk Island is relatively new, but cruise ships are quickly taking advantage of it. This picture of the Holland America Westerdam and the Costa Magica was submitted by Barbara Crews. I wonder if Barb "collected" anything new while cruising the Caribbean?

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    Laundry Hanging on Balcony of Costa Magica Cruise Ship

    Costa Magica passenger's laundry hanging on the balcony to dry
    ••• Those Balconies Are Not Just for Relaxing and Enjoying the Sunshine! Costa Magica passenger's laundry hanging on the balcony to dry while the ship is docked at Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Photo Courtesy of Barbara Crews, the About.com Guide to Collectibles

    This picture may look like these two cruise ships are VERY close together, but they are separated by the pier at Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Barb Crews took this photo of the Costa Magica balcony that was being used as a clothes dryer while it was moored next to her ship the Holland America Westerdam.

    I'll have to admit that I've been guilty of the same offense, but 99 percent of the time, no one sees your balcony this close!

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    Emerald Princess Cruise Ship - Princess Cruise Lines' Emerald Princess

    Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess
    ••• Emerald Princess at the Dock in Europe Prior to Inaugural Cruise Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess. Emerald Princess Picture Courtesy of Princess Cruises

    The gleaming Emerald Princess shines in the sunshine as she prepares for her inaugural cruise. See linkbox below the photo for more information and pictures.

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    Peter Deilmann Deutschland Sailing Off the Coast of Brazil

    Peter Deilmann Deutschland Sailing Off the Coast of Brazil
    ••• Peter Deilmann Deutschland Sailing Off the Coast of Brazil. Peter Deilmann Deutschland Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    We were sailing at dusk along the coast of Brazil on the Celebrity Infinity when I glanced out the balcony door and saw the Deutschland in the distance.

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    MSC Sinfonia at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    MSC Sinfonia at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina
    ••• MSC Sinfonia at the Dock in Buenos Aires, Argentina. MSC Sinfonia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Classical International Cruises' Athena Cruise Ship in Rio de Janeiro

    Classical International Cruises' Athena Cruise Ship at the Dock in Rio de Janeiro
    ••• Classical International Cruises' Athena Cruise Ship at the Dock in Rio de Janeiro. Classical International Cruises' Athena Cruise Ship Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holland America Prisendam at the Dock in Rio de Janeiro

    Holland America Prisendam at the Dock in Rio de Janeiro
    ••• Holland America Prisendam at the Dock in Rio de Janeiro. Holland America Prisendam Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Costa Fortuna Sails into the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Costa Fortuna Sails into the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    ••• Cruise Ship Sparkles in the Early Morning Sunshine Costa Fortuna Sails into the Harbor at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Costa Fortuna Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    As we sailed into Rio de Janeiro in the early morning on the Celebrity Infinity, we noticed that the Costa Fortuna was also arriving at the same time. Isn't the ship lovely in the early morning sunshine?

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    Costa Fortuna and Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro

    Costa Fortuna and Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro
    ••• Costa Fortuna Slides by Sugar Loaf Mountain and into the Harbor at Rio Costa Fortuna and Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. Costa Fortuna Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Peter Deilmann Deutschland Sails into Rio de Janeiro

    Peter Deilmann Deutschland Sails into Rio de Janeiro
    ••• German Luxury Ship Sails into Rio for Carnaval Peter Deilmann Deutschland Sails into Rio de Janeiro. Peter Deilmann Deutschland Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Celebrity Infinity Cruise Ship in Juneau, Alaska

    Celebrity Infinity Cruise Ship in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Celebrity Infinity Cruise Ship in Juneau, Alaska. Celebrity Infinity Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holland America Line Oosterdam in Ketchikan, Alaska

    Holland America Line Oosterdam in Ketchikan, Alaska
    ••• Holland America Line (HAL) Oosterdam in Ketchikan, Alaska. Oosterdam Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Coral Princess at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Coral Princess at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Coral Princess at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Coral Princess Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Celebrity Infinity at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Celebrity Infinity at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Celebrity Infinity at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Celebrity Infinity Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    Like migratory birds, some cruise ships travel long distances. It is a long way from South America to Alaska.

    Celebrity Infinity in Montevideo, Uruguay

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    Coral Princess in Juneau, Alaska

    Coral Princess in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Coral Princess in Juneau, Alaska. Coral Princess Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Fireweed and Cruise Ships Along the Harbor of Juneau, Alaska

    Fireweed and Cruise Ships Along the Harbor of Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Fireweed Grows All Over Southeast Alaska in the Summertime Fireweed and Cruise Ships Along the Harbor of Juneau, Alaska. Juneau Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Douglas Island View of Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau

    View of Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau from Douglas Island
    ••• View of Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau from Douglas Island. Juneau Cruise Ships (c) Linda Garrison
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    Coral Princess Cruise Ship in Skagway, Alaska

    Coral Princess Cruise Ship in Skagway, Alaska
    ••• Coral Princess Cruise Ship in Skagway, Alaska. Coral Princess Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska

    Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska
    ••• Four Large Cruise Ships in Port of Juneau, Alaska Cruise Ships at the Dock in Juneau, Alaska. Cruise Ship Picture (c) Linda Garrison

    These four large ships (two Princess and two Holland America) were in port in Juneau. Sometimes the capital of Alaska has up to eight ships in port.

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    Coral Princess at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska

    Coral Princess at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska
    ••• Coral Princess at the Dock in Skagway, Alaska. Coral Princess Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Lindblad Sea Lion in Sitka, Alaska

    Lindblad Sea Lion in Sitka, Alaska
    ••• Small Lindblad Expedition Ship the Sea Lion Lindblad Sea Lion in Sitka, Alaska. Lindblad Sea Lion Picture (c) Linda Garrison
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    Costa Pacifica Under Construction in August 2007

    Costa Pacifica Under Construction
    ••• New Ship Set to Join Costa Fleet in Spring 2009 Costa Pacifica Under Construction in August 2007. Costa Pacifica Construction Photo Courtesy of Costa Cruises

    The first section of the new Costa Magica cruise ship is delivered to the shipyard in Genoa, Italy.

    The first section of the Costa Pacifica, which entered service in Spring 2009, was delivered to Fincantieri shipyard in Genoa Sestri Ponente on August 6, 2007. The bow section of the Costa Pacifica is 127 meters long, nearly 30 meters high, and weighs approximately 8,000 tons. It was built in Fincantieri's Palermo shipyard and transferred by sea to the Genoa Sestri Ponente shipyard where construction will continue.

    The Costa Pacifica (114,500 tons and 3,780 passengers) is a sister ship to the Costa Serena. The Costa Pacifica will offer the same exciting innovations as her sister ships, including the Samsara Spa -- one of the largest spas at sea, two swimming pools with retractable magrodomes, and an authentic Grand Prix race car driving simulator.

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    Costa Pacifica Under Construction

    Costa Pacifica Under Construction
    ••• New Ship Set to Join Costa Fleet in Spring 2009 Costa Pacifica Under Construction. Costa Pacifica Photo Courtesy of Costa Cruises

    Costa has three new ships on order or under construction in Italy with Fincantieri. In addition to the Costa Pacifica, two other ships, the Costa Luminosa (92,700 tons and 2,828 passengers) and her sister ship will be delivered by the Marghera shipyard in the Spring of 2009 and March 2010, respectively. At the end of 2010, when the last of the three ships currently on order are delivered, Costa's fleet will be 15 vessels strong and will offer more than 30,000 lower berths.

    Since 2000, Costa has invested approximately €3.5 billion in Italy to build seven new ships, all ordered from Fincantieri. These orders are part of an expansion program worth €4.5 billion to introduce 11 ships from 2000 to 2010.

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    Hanseatic at the Dock in Ushuaia, Argentina

    Hanseatic at the Dock in Ushuaia, Argentina
    ••• Ushuaia Is the "End of the World" and Embarkation Port for Antarctic Cruises Hanseatic at the Dock in Ushuaia, Argentina. Hanseatic Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    ​ Ushuaia, Argentina is a popular South America port of call and is often used as an embarkation point for ships such as the Hanseatic on their way to Antarctica.

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    Holland America Line Amsterdam and Westerdam at Half Moon Cay

    Holland America Line Amsterdam and Westerdam Cruise Ships at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas
    ••• Holland America Cruise Ships at Private Island in the Bahamas Holland America Line Amsterdam and Westerdam Cruise Ships at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. Holland America Line Amsterdam and Westerdam Courtesy of Mario Artesiano
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    HAL Amsterdam Cruise Ship

    HAL Amsterdam Cruise Ship
    ••• Holland America Amsterdam at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas HAL Amsterdam Cruise Ship. HAL Amsterdam Courtesy of Mario Artesiano
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    Holland America Amsterdam at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas

    Holland America Amsterdam at Half Moon Cay
    ••• Visiting Holland America's Private Island in the Bahamas on the Amsterdam Holland America Amsterdam at Half Moon Cay. Holland America Amsterdam Courtesy of Mario Artesiano
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    Holland America Line Amsterdam

    Holland America Line Amsterdam
    ••• Holland America Amsterdam at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas Holland America Line Amsterdam. Holland America Line Amsterdam Courtesy of Mario Artesiano
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    Cunard's Three Queens Rendezvous in New York City

    Cunard's Three Queens Rendezvous in New York City
    ••• Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2, and Queen Victoria Meet in New York City Cunard's Three Queens Rendezvous in New York City. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line

    Fireworks celebrate the rendezvous of Cunard's three ships -- the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2, and Queen Victoria -- in New York City on January 13, 2008.

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    Cunard Line's Three Ships in New York City

    Cunard Line's Three Ships in New York City
    ••• Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2, and Queen Victoria Meet in New York City Cunard Line's Three Ships in New York City. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line

    Fireworks light up the sky in New York to celebrate the rendezvous of the three Cunard ocean liners as they sail past the Statue of Liberty.

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    Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Cunard Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    ••• Two of Cunard's Queens Meet in Ft. Lauderdale During World Cruises Cunard Queen Victoria (foreground) and Queen Elizabeth 2 at the dock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line

    The Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liners rendezvous in Fort Lauderdale in January 2008. Both ships were on world cruises.

    Queen Victoria, the newest ocean liner in Cunard's fleet, made her maiden call to Ft. Lauderdale on January 16, just three days after embarking on her Maiden World Cruise and making an historic Royal Rendezvous in New York with both sister-ships Queen Mary 2 and QE2. Queen Victoria has been sailing with QE2 since departing Southampton, England on January 6 making a tandem Transatlantic Crossing together.

    Queen Victoria was launched on December 10, 2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Parker Bowles). Joining Queen Victoria at Port Everglades was Cunard's QE2, the world's most famous ocean liner. QE2 embarked on her 26th and final World Cruise and will complete her service to the Cunard fleet in November 2008.

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    Downtown Sydney, Australia and the Holland America Amsterdam

    Downtown Sydney, Australia and the Holland America Amsterdam
    ••• Downtown Sydney, Australia and the Holland America Amsterdam. HAL Amsterdam in Sydney (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia

    Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Circular Quay in Downtown Sydney Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia. HAL Amsterdam Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia

    Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia
    ••• At the Dock at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia. Holland America Amsterdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia

    Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australiav
    ••• Holland America Amsterdam in Sydney, Australia. Holland America Amsterdam (c) Linda Garrison
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    American Safari Cruises' Safari Explorer

    American Safari Cruises' Safari Explorer
    ••• Luxury Yacht Sails Alaska in the Summer, Hawaii in the Winter American Safari Cruises' Safari Explorer. Photo Courtesy of American Safari Cruises

    American Safari Cruises' 36-passenger Safari Explorer has 18 cabins, four of which will accommodate families of three. The small ship also has one single cabin.

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    Emerald Princess Visits the Island of Grenada

    Emerald Princess Visits the Island of Grenada in the Southern Caribbean
    ••• Princess Cruises' Ship on Southern Caribbean Itinerary Emerald Princess Visits the Island of Grenada in the Southern Caribbean. Emerald Princess Photo Courtesy of Marie

    Marie took this great photo of the Emerald Princess while on a Halloween cruise to the southern Caribbean.

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    Emerald Princess Atrium on Halloween

    Emerald Princess Atrium on Halloween
    ••• Cruise Ships Love Holiday Decorations! Emerald Princess Atrium on Halloween. Emerald Princess Photo Courtesy of Marie
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    Costa Luminosa Atrium Sculpture

    Fernando Botero and "Reclining Woman 2004"
    ••• Fernando Botero and "Reclining Woman 2004" Fernando Botero and "Reclining Woman 2004". Photo by Matteo Piazza, Courtesy of Costa Crociere

    Costa Cruises commissioned Italian sculptor Fernando Botero to produce this marvelous piece for the atrium of the Costa Luminosa cruise ship.

    The bronze sculpture "Reclining Woman 2004" depicts a female figure staring into space, daydreaming in a reclining position with a subtle and ironic expression and with her legs in a dynamic position of movement. The sculpture, which is 346 cm in length, 177 cm in breadth, 152 cm in height and 910 kg in weight, boasts an imposing presence which defines and influences the surrounding space, establishing an ongoing dialog with the decoration in the atrium of the Costa Luminosa. The lone individual is the subject of many of the artist's works, which often feature single female figures in striking poses, with expressions and attire that Botero uses to telling effect in order to convey personality, experience, thought and desire.

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    Alta - Galapagos Cruise on the Sailing Ship Alta

    Alta - Galapagos Cruise on the Sailing Ship Alta
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands Alta - Galapagos Cruise on the Sailing Ship Alta. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission

    m/s Alta is a 16-passenger sailing ship.

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    Lammer Law - Double Cabin - Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Lammer Law - Double Cabin - Galapagos Islands Cruise
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands Lammer Law - Double Cabin - Galapagos Islands Cruise. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission
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    Lammer Law - Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Lammer Law - Galapagos Islands Cruise
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands Lammer Law - Galapagos Islands Cruise. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission

    Lammer Law and her sister ship the Cuan Law are the largest trimarans in the world. At 93 by 42 feet wide, her size, tri-hull design, and shallow draft offers stability as well as space and comfort for naturalist cruises, but specializes in and is completely equipped for diving cruises. Attractive and functional, it is perfect for the dedicated diver and for those passengers wishing to have a close experience with nature. The artful combination of stability, grace, and speed make this yacht a perfect partner for a Galapagos adventure.

    The Lammer Law accommodates 16 guests in 8 cabins plus 8 crew members and 1 naturalist guide or dive master for a very personal cruising experience. With 1 crew member for every 2 guests, personal attention onboard the Lammer Law is exceptional in its class. The yacht offers a large, comfortable main salon with a library, bar, TV/video system and stereo; a sun deck; and a dining room for exquisite buffet dining. All cabins include double or twin beds,...MORE private facilities, climate controls, safe-boxes, and ample space to hang and store clothing.

    The furnishings and fittings are designed by the decorator responsible for one of Donald Trump’s hotels for a class and style which other small ships in Galapagos often lack.

    Divers will appreciate that the Lammer Law is completely outfitted for diving in the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Nitrox is available for certified Nitrox divers. Snorkeling gear and wetsuits are also available onboard.

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    Lammer Law - Under Sail - Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Lammer Law - Under Sail - Galapagos Islands Cruise
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands Lammer Law - Under Sail - Galapagos Islands Cruise. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission
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    Lammer Law - Lounge - Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Lammer Law - Lounge - Galapagos Islands Cruise
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands Lammer Law - Lounge - Galapagos Islands Cruise. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission
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    Lammer Law - Sun Deck - Galapagos Islands Cruise

    Lammer Law - Sun Deck - Galapagos Islands Cruise
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands Lammer Law - Sun Deck - Galapagos Islands Cruise. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission
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    M/Y Parranda - Sunset Dining in the Galapagos Islands

    M/Y Parranda - Sunset Dining in the Galapagos Islands
    ••• Small Ship Cruising in the Galapagos Islands M/Y Parranda - Sunset Dining in the Galapagos Islands. Photo Courtesy of Quasar Expeditions, Used with Permission