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Best Value Awards 2013

Congratulations to Holland America our overall "Best Cruise Value" winner for 2013.

Best Cruise Value 2013

Ship of the Year Award 2013

 

Congratulations to Oceania Cruises' Riviera our Ship of The Year winner for 2013.

 Ship of the Year - 2013

Experience Holland America Line 2014

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Postcard from Manhattan...Bill Miller

Feb 2014:  It is late on a winter's afternoon and very cold, but which somehow clears the air.   Everything in sight, it seems, becomes so detailed, so clear, almost so reachable.

A good friend invited me to the family apartment high above the East River in midtown Manhattan.  The decor and decoration were magazine-like, but the real stunner was through the vast, wrap-around windows.   Electronic shades & blinds lifted and suddenly this great production began:   looking southward, the great skyline set against changing light and in particular the slowly fading sunlight.

     The East River flowed elegantly on the left while the great Chrysler & Empire State Buildings all but dominated the midtown gathering of skyscrapers. Over to the left, in Long Island City, the neon Pepsi Cola sign has been retained,  a hint of bygone industry in the midst of a collection of newly built, quite luxurious apartment towers.  

Norwegian Getaway Arrives in Miami

     February 6th - Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, the Norwegian Getaway,  arrived in her homeport city of Miami today after serving as a hotel for the  Norwegian Getaway's arrival will make her the cruise ship to homeport year-round at the Port of Miami as she begins her weekly seven-day cruises to the Caribbean.

     Look for a Norwegian Getaway review in and upcoming issue of Ocean & Cruise News.

Azores

     
     In an age where new cruise ships seem to appear daily, while older ships end up at the breakers or tied up somewhere awaiting their final fate, here is a photo of a true survivor.
 
     This is a photo of the Azores  in Lisbon on 13 February sent to us by Luis Miguel Correia. The Azores is the ex-Stockholm  of 1948 which you may remember was involved in the collision with, and sank, the Andrea Doria way back in 1956. Built in 1948 she is still sailing.

     Luis is a long time WOCLS member, a noted Portuguese maritime photographer, ship historian, and author. 

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Amazing Fact for March 2014:

Did you know?

One of the ship’s whistles on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is from the original Queen Mary? It was used so that her famous predecessor’s voice could once again be heard on the ocean. It is audible for 10 miles. 

 
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