Vickey and Ben and The Oasis Cycle Redux'd

Three beds, two kids, one adult, one stateroom, 227,000 GRT of ship.  What could possibly go wrong!

Batten down the hatches.....they're coming.

Bowling Green State University hockey, next to summers at Cedar Point it is one of our most special traditions.  In October we begin another.

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Tobago Buses Roll to Meet Demand.

From Cozumel to Falmouth, governments have been working to refine the tourist experience from end to end.  Now, far to the southern edge of the Caribbean, Tobago has been following the trend among ports-of-call to upgrade basic services for tourists and cruise passengers.

Part of the Trinidad-Tobago Republic located off the north-eastern edge of Venezuela, the small island has added a fleet of 50 buses and spent the past year working to train local guides.

Tourism is the primary source of income for Tobago which is considered among the best diving areas east of the Panama Canal.  Also noted for fishing and its two golf courses, Tobago hopes to add the “health and wellbeing” tourist trade to its stable of options.  To facilitate smoother travel across the island the fleet of buses are centrally owned and their distribution across the island designed to avoid the chaotic taxi stands seen on some islands.

The move to build local transportation infrastructure came shortly before an industry trade conference which seems to have proven fruitful, the island expects a 67% increase in cruise passengers in the year to come.

Crystal Cruises Aims to Buy and Sail SS United States.

This historic SS United States will have a new owner and more remarkably could return to service after more than 40 years of waiting.  Crystal Cruises has taken out an option to buy the ship with the intent being to renovate the vintage ocean liner and Blue Riband holder.  Hurdles remain however as the ship will require hundreds of millions in work and years of effort to ply the seas again.

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Uniquely Celebrity Tours

Celebrity pushed forward with Uniquely Celebrity Tours in 2015.  The up-scale cruise line, part of the Royal Caribbean family, introduced the customizable and exclusive excursion program and it continues into 2016.

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Cruise Lines Respond to Zika Virus, Extend Options to Expecting Mothers.

The Zika virus was known well before the current and spreading outbreaks pushed it into the headlines.  However with concerns growing the major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and their affiliated brands are offering pregnant women the ability to move their bookings to itineraries outside of at-risk areas or to later dates.

Areas in which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have issued warns about include the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.  If traveling to those areas women are strongly urged to take measures to avoid mosquito bites which are the primary way in which the Zika virus is transmitted.  Cases of Zika have been reported in both Los Angeles county in California and in Minnesota.  The virus causes microcephaly in babies, most commonly associated with the deformed heads and thus greatly reduced brain size in the suffering children.  

In addition to speaking to their cruise lines, those with air travel reservations ought to be aware that United and American are also extending options for changing travel plans.  


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