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Disney Fantasy Keel Laying Ceremony

Disney Fantasy Keel Laying Ceremony

On Feb. 11, 2011, Disney Cruise Line® celebrated the keel laying of the Disney Fantasy™ at the Meyer Werft shipyard. This is the second of two newly designed ships that take the family cruise experience to all-new heights. The sister ship to the Disney Fantasy, the Disney Dream™ entered service on Jan. 26, 2011.

The keel laying ceremony is a significant milestone in the ship building process when the first block, or section of the ship, is lowered into the building dock and a coin is placed under the keel for good fortune. Placing the coin was Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, assisted by Minnie Mouse.

The Disney Fantasy will offer many of the innovations that the Disney Dream currently features and brought to the cruise industry for the very first time, including AquaDuck — the world’s first shipboard water coaster. However, the Disney Fantasy will feature a few new design elements and Guest experiences that will give the ship a unique identity all her own.

The 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy will sail weeklong Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla., beginning with its maiden voyage scheduled for March 31, 2012. In addition, the Western Caribbean itinerary will change to feature a stop at Costa Maya. Bookings are now open for sail dates through August 2012.

Contact us for more information and to book your Disney Cruise Linevacation early….demand is high!

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“A Lesson in Courage and Sacrifice” is a good personal account of a family’s visit to the beaches of Normandy.  Bruce Krumrine does a great job of imparting how his kids (and others) learn and appreciate the history of the destination.  I agree whole-heartedly.  Not every family vacation has to be theme park- or kid activity-oriented; any destination that is of significance to you can be shared and cherished with your kids as well.  And a Princess cruise is the perfect way to go!

Normandy, France with Princess Cruises

Posing with a hill-top gun emplacement

Celebrations International Travel: Princess Cruises Certified Experts

Having just sailed on the Sapphire Princess and met Captain Nick Carlton in person, I was immediately drawn to this latest post on Princess Cruises’ 50 Essential Experiences.

Like Captain Carlton, I am often asked about my favorite places in the world.  I really like how he recounts the ways in which he feels connected to the many places he’s visited, and I find his description of the historical and religious significance of Santiago de Compostela poignant and compelling.

Princess Cruises - Cathedral of Santiago de Campostela, Spain

As the final resting place of St. James, the Cathedral of Santiago de Campostela attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

Omar Silingardi’s post entitled “In Search of Marco Polo” on Princess Cruises Travel Bucket List of Essential Experiences caused me to reflect on how Marco Polo’s travels had a great influence on the culinary world as we know it.  Omar tells us how annual trips to his ancestral town of Modena, Italy involve visiting with family and enjoying traditional Italian home cooking.  I don’t think life gets any better than great cooking enjoyed in picturesque settings like Modena.

If you like the sound of that, you might enjoy a culinary adventure of your own in Tuscany!  Check out our sample itinerary….At Celebrations International Travel, we customize all culinary tours to suit your needs, preferences, budget, and timeframe.  Who knows?  Maybe you’ll even consider combining a Princess cruise with a custom culinary tourContact us for more information.

Voterra in Tuscany, Italy

As a parent of two myself, I can relate to Omar Siligardi’s desire to help his children understand the connection between what they read and learn about in history books and lessons and the actual destinations.  It is so true that when they are able to see and experience first-hand something they’ve learned about, it’s like bringing their lessons to life:

In Search of Marco Polo

On a slightly different note, I have to say the picture of Omar’s son with the pigeons in San Marcos Square made me smile.   We have a picture of my dad doing the same thing in San Marcos Square when I was a teenager!

Princess Cruises - Feeding Pigeons in San Marcos Square

Omar's son Marc feeding the pigeons in St. Mark's Square.

 

When I read this post, I was instantly struck by the way Rob Roberts describes his travel experiences, from the perspective that we never know where life might take us.  I would be the first to attest to this!  Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and takes you on an amazing ride.  Enjoy!

My Grand Tour

Princess Cruises - Gondolas in Venice

Gondolas bob in the Grand Canal of picturesque Venice.


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