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Where's Cruise Diva? We've just returned from back-to-back sailings and two very different experiences. Our first cruise, aboard Holland America Line's Eurodam, was The Malt Shop Memories Cruise where life on board was rocking with 'beach' parties and more. When we disembarked we swapped the laundry in our suitcases with fresh clothing to embark on Princess Cruises' stunning new Regal Princess, pictured below at anchor off Princess Cays. There will be a Regal Princess ship preview coming up, but in the meantime these are the links to our daily blog stories and we hope you enjoy the voyages!

At Home Aboard Regal Princess
Regal Princess Calls At Princess Cays
Regal Princess: So Entertaining
Regal Princess: Art & Architecture
Dining Aboard Regal Princess
The Suite Life Aboard Regal Princess

Join Cruise Diva aboard Malt Shop Memories Cruise 2014 for all the music and fun and take a peek at the daily blog stories below:

The Malt Shop Memories Cruise 2014 Sets Sail
Malt Shop Memories Cruise—the British Invasion
Malt Shop Memories Cruise “Beach Party”
Malt Shop Memories Cruise Rocks the Fun
Malt Shop Memories: Music, Music & More Music
Malt Shop Memories Up Close
Malt Shop Memories Cruise—A Lasting Memory

Cruise the Med & visit legendary ports of call on a 'legendary' ship: Sail along with Georgina and Humberto Cruz aboard Silversea Cruises' ultra-luxury Silver Wind. Georgina shares the details about the ship's recent makeover and highlights the luxurious experience.

Cruise Review: Regular contributors Mary & Vincent Finelli are impressed by their first look at Norwegian Getaway as they sailed from Miami. They describe it as what Vincent called “sober elegancenautical style,” with lots of dark walnut wood and white walls accented by brass. Their review describes all the features and they share that, “This is a beautiful ship with lots of innovative ideas. There is much to see and do for passengers of all ages. Actually a 7-day cruise is too short for enjoying all the dining venues aboard.

Cruise Review: Come aboard and join Keith Henderson for a Norwegian Breakaway cruise from New York City to Bermuda. Keith takes us to numerous sites in port and outlines the onboard experience. In addition, he offers a comprehensive look at the ship in part 2, his Norwegian Breakaway Ship Review.

Catch a Double Dose of Magic Disney-style with something for everyone in the family. Join our contributor Georgina Cruz, her husband Humberto, daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons for a multi-generational get-together: a pre-cruise stay at the Walt Disney Resort, followed by a cruise aboard Disney Cruise Line's fourth and newest vessel, Disney Fantasy. It's a cruise review you won't want to miss.

Take a look at River vs Ocean Cruising. River cruises are booming, so come along with Cruise Diva aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel's River Splendor to discover the similarities & differences between river & ocean cruises.

Is your cruise ship sick? Separate fact from rumor and learn the truth about the dreaded "cruise ship disease" norovirus. The best way to prevent it and how to treat it.

Select Your Cruise Ship Cabin — Will it be Inside or Outside? Balcony Stateroom or Suite? Take a look at the accommodations available before choosing yours.

Air & Sea: Solutions for the Landlocked The facts about cruise line Air & Sea Programs and missing the boat.

Smoke on the Water — Can you smoke on your cruise ship? Cruise Diva outlines the cruise lines' updated smoking policies.

No two cruises are identical. Are your expectations realistic? Discover What to Expect On Your Cruise.

Cruise Travel Do's & Don'ts: You know you can't bring your cabin steward home with you, but what you may take might be a bit confusing. For instance, you can take the fruit basket, but not the fruit. Cruise Diva clears up what You Can & Can't Bring Home.

"My cruise was ruined!" Sadly, there’s no such thing as a perfect vacation and things can go just as wrong on a cruise as they do on land. Take matters into your own hands and learn the seagoing rules for Effective Complaining.

Cruises, the Social Network Way to Travel While a cruise is a great vacation for families & friends, it isn't necessary to have a ready-made group of acquaintances in order to feel comfortable on a cruise.

Catch The Communications Wave At Sea — The Internet, WiFi-enabled laptop computers, and cell phones deliver Tech Savvy Cruise Travel. Cruise Diva looks at the services offered by major cruise lines.

Cruise Travel Cost Control: Those boarding passes/room keys... ultimately, they are "Sail 'n Spend" cards. To keep your vacation budget from sinking, Cruise Diva offers Money Saving Tips that you can use when planning your cruise as well as once you are on board. We also clear up the confusion about What's Included In Your Cruise Fare (and what isn't). You have to get to port before sailing, so we take a look at Air & Sea Programs and how you can save time, money, and aggravation on flights.

Cruise Planning & Preparation—Things To Do:  For smooth sailing, follow Cruise Diva's Cruise Planning Timeline as a part of your pre-cruise preparation strategy.

Recent Cruise Reviews: Silver Wind; Norwegian Getaway; Norwegian Breakaway; Carnival Conquest; Caribbean Princess; Carnival Freedom; Disney Fantasy; River Venture; MSC Divina; Norwegian Epic; Azamara Quest; Ruby Princess; MSC Divina; Royal Princess; Azamara Journey; Carnival Legend; Silver Spirit; Volendam; Crystal Symphony; Norwegian Gem; Zuiderdam; Celebrity Millennium; Noordam; Celebrity Reflection; Disney Wonder; Caribbean Princess; Carnival Breeze; Celebrity Reflection; Carnival Valor; American Queen; Disney Fantasy; Nieuw Amsterdam; Radiance of the Seas; Rhapsody of the Seas; Carnival Victory; Carnival Miracle; Adventure of the Seas; MORE REVIEWS...

Booking A Cruise At The Pier The cruising urban legend that will not die.

It's your duty to shop, but it won't be free! Before you board your ship, get Cruise Diva's strategies for smart Shopping on Your Cruise Vacation and also learn how to snag some No-Cost Souvenirs. About those flip-flops... you'll have to sail on Celebrity Cruises' Solstice to sink your toes into them.

The True Confession of a pack-aholic. That would be your Cruise Diva. Learn how I overcame my pack-aholism with a streamlined strategy for Packing It In

Consideration, Courtesy, Civility — Pack your best manners and observe the three C's at sea with CruiseDiva.com's Cruise Ship Etiquette.

Cruise Line Brochures — What do they say?
   ~ How to read them & get the information you need
   ~ What are the Brochure Buzz Words

Going Ashore Sightseeing can be a large add-on expense to a cruise vacation. Should you choose Shore Excursions vs. Independent Touring? Cruise Diva offers decision-making suggestions and helps you Decipher Excursion Descriptions.

Cruise Lines' Private Islands Established to provide a beach break on an island (or part of one) reserved for their exclusive use, most are located in the Bahamas chain of "home" islands and included in certain Caribbean itineraries.

Timing is Everything — Insure smooth sailing on Embarkation Day by following Cruise Diva's arrival tips.

Fodor's Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call 2014 is all you need to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman

Get other top picks in Cruise Guidebooks & Travel Magazines

Find cruise gear, luggage & travel bargains in The Cruise Shop

Cruising With Kids? This is your must-have info:
       ~ Going to sea with children... why you need a Consent Letter
       ~ Family Cruising, The Basics
- Will your family enjoy a cruise?
      ~ Do's and don'ts & what to know
Before You Go  

Baby on Board — Cruise travel age restrictions for infants & regulations for expectant moms-to-be.

Taking Your Toddler To Sea Cruise ships are wonderful places for family vacations, but you must understand the rules before making promises to your littlest sailors.

For Spring Break, or any other time... young adults need to know that For Cruise Travel, Age Matters.

Are you in the mood for love? Cruise Diva shares her picks for the Most Romantic Ships.

Get hints to enhance Romance at Sea and enjoy Princess Cruises' sumptuous Ultimate Balcony Dinner.

"The world's best islands are the ones that float and move.
They're called cruise ships." ~ The Cruise Diva

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