Best Value Awards 2014

Congratulations to Holland America our overall "Best Cruise Value" winner for 2014.

Best Cruise Value 2014

Ship of the Year Award 2014


Congratulations to Oceania Cruises' Riviera our Ship of The Year winner for 2014.

Ship of the Year - 2014



 Oct 11, 2014:  Saturday afternoon:  There's nothing quite like sailing from wonderful New York & its immense harbor!

A change from last month's trip on the smaller, 365-guest, super deluxe, yacht-like Silver Whisper.   Tom Cassidy & I sail this afternoon aboard the 4,000-passenger Royal Princess, a year old and the 10th largest cruise liner afloat.   We depart from the Brooklyn-Red Hook cruise terminal under rather 

dramatically gray-streaked, twister -in-Kansas skies.    We're hosting a smallish group of about two dozen, all members of the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.

The ship itself is very inviting – subdued, welcoming decor;  superb array of well prepared foods in the casual-style Horizon Court (altogether, there are 21 eating venues onboard);  and, most of all, a very, very friendly & helpful staff.

We have a very nice cabin – complete with terrace – and under the good care of a Goan steward ca

lled Matthew.   We are quickly settled-in:   a welcome aboard party, a show, late dinner & of course a stroll around some of the vast 17 decks (but all of them surprisingly easy to navigate).

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