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‘Lest We Forget’ …Forever

Today is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada. Cruise lines often recognize it with bargains, promotions or just reverence.

Not long ago…

There was a generation of people who thought that remembering the soldiers who died or were injured or fought in the battles of World War I and World War II would die a death of its own.

Not long ago…

There was a generation of people who would certainly never know of Lt.-Col. John McCrae Flanders Fieldsand his moving poem, In Flanders Fields, unless they were history majors.

Not long ago…

There was a generation of people who thought poppies would only be found growing on the sides of roads in Europe, notably Italy, and not pinned to the lapels of people whose descendants were victims.

Not long ago…

There was a generation of people who never imagined we would still be hearing powerful remembrance essays, like this one from the former hockey great Ken Dryden.

Not long ago…

There was a generation of people who never imagined this day would be perpetuated by Vietnam…and then Iraq…and then Afghanistan…and now ISIS.

Not long ago…

There was reason to think that November 11 would just be November 11.

Sadly, it seems that will never be the case. Sadly, it is destined to be called “11-11”…a sister to 9-11.

In the news…

• Norwegian to refurbush every ship but the Jewel over next two years
• Genting's premium Dream Cruises to launch first ship November 2016
• Princess produces web video with Cat Greenleaf for first-time cruisers

Today at portsandbows.com: Porthole Magazine Awards

Costa Favolosa
7 nights
March 7, 2016
La Romana (return): Catalina Island, St. Kitts, Antigua, Fort-de-France, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten
Inside: $649
Cost per day: $92

More Breaks For Single Cruisers


Cruise times are changing. They always are. Here’s one of the latest…

Cunard announced a refurbishment of the Queen Mary 2, and with it comes news that 15 single staterooms will be added. The rationale from Cunard is that single rooms are necessary because not only are more people cruising solo, but there are more family groups traveling together that include singles. There are already single staterooms available on fleetmates Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria

There is no single supplement for these cabins. In other words, you pay the same per-person price as you would if two to a cabin.

Other cruise lines have been ahead of that curve for some time. The Epic, with 128 solo cabins (some connecting) was the first in the Norwegian fleet with the highly-popular option for single travelers. There’s also a Studio Lounge, for the exclusive use of passengers who book in the solo cabins. With no single supplement they sell out quickly. Surprisingly, there are fewer single cabins on Norwegian’s latest ships, the Getaway and the Breakaway (59 on each). 

The Escape, being launched in the fall, will have 82. 

Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas each have 28 single staterooms, and Ovation of the Seas, also arriving this fall, will apparently also have 28 solo cabins. No single supplements apply.

Costa Cruises has 17 solo cabins on at least two of its ships, Costa Favolosa and Costa Fascinosa. There is a single supplement, although not exorbitant.

Carnival does offer some value-priced solo cruise fares, with some supplements as low as five per cent.

One thing is certain: In the cruise world, singles are being heard.

Today at portsandbows.com: Celebrity's 'Evenings Around The World'

Norwegian Jewel
5 nights
May 1, 2016
Los Angeles, Astoria, Victoria, Vancouver
Inside: $309
Cost per day: $61

New Ships: Costa Fascinosa

There will be eight new cruise ships launched this year, two of them refurbished ships that have been given new names. As 2012 gets underway, we’re giving you a snapshot of all of them…

Launch date: May 11

Capacity: 3,780

Staterooms: 1,506

Sister ship: Favolosa

Maiden Voyage: Venice

Home Port: Venice

Ships now in Costa fleet: 16

Interesting: This ship is sparkly, built with “enriched and sparkling materials” and was inspired by “seductive atmospheres of great historic films, the protagonists who made them famous and the works that brought success to the most celebrated theaters in the world”…Fascinosa means “fascinating” or “glamorous.”

Carnival Splendor
7 nights
February 5
Long Beach (return): Cabo San Lucas (2), Puerto Vallarta
Inside $469

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