Cruise Trips of a Lifetime?

Three items we thought would be of interest as you head into the weekend…

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Royal Caribbean is giving everyone a chance to win "your vacation of a lifetime" by answering four harmless questions online and giving the cruise line your email address.

What, exactly, is your vacation of a lifetime?

To Royal Caribbean's marketing people, it's a one-night inaugural cruise on the newly named but not-yet-built Quantum of the Seas, due in 2014, plus a one-week Caribbean cruise on either Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas. Oh yes, and you get to meet Quantum's Godmother, Kristin Chenoweth.

While it's always worth entering a credible contest like this — as they say in the lottery business, you can't if win you don't have a "ticket" — it does leave us wondering about the vacation of a lifetime pitch. In this household, the vacation of a lifetime would be something exotic like two weeks on a ship to Hawaii (Rhapsody of the Seas) or a ship crossing the Atlantic (Navigator of the Seas)…but those are more about the trips than the ships.

You can enter until April 7.

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Tahiti.

Now there's a trip of a lifetime. Polynesia is paradise, right?

It is for Windstar Cruises, which will sail a one-week Deams of Tahiti itinerary from May to November 2014 on its newly renovated 148-passenger yacht, Wind Spirit (left). The ship will visit five Tahitian islands and passengers will be able to do everything from savor Tahitian dishes to scuba dive to kayak.

Yes, there will be dancers.

Of course, you can't experience this trip of a lifetime by winning a contest…and you do have to get to Tahiti and back.

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Ah, we always knew the Queen's birthday was in May, even though Elizabeth II was born in April. She is not, after all, the only queen in England.

Cunard has three and one of them, the cruise ship known as QM2, will be 10 years old on May 9th. That party will take place in Southampton, with her siblings, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth (not that one).

Once the candles have been blow out, Queen Mary 2 will celebrate by flitting off to New York and back, taking 3,000 or so of her closest friends with her on these "Birthday Crossings."

Trip of a lifetime? For some.


Celebrity Millennium
7 nights
May 31, 2013
Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Vancouver
Inside: $499
Cost per day: $71
www.celebritycruises.com

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