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Royal Caribbean Towel & Canvas Bag Set Giveaway

What's the main thing keeping you from taking more cruises?  Clearly it's not vacation time or money, it's a lack of beach gear!  Well your ship has come in because this time we're giving away a brand new set of canvas Royal Caribbean bags and a new Royal Caribbean towel (no, I did not steal this from the pool or my stateroom).

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Celebrity Reflection Live Blog Preamble - 'A Look Over The Fence'

Hey there readers,

Ric Ross here, long time reader, first time author. Inspired by Matt and Michael’s live blogs, and in spite of Billy’s, I’ll be live-blogging my upcoming cruise December 3rd through 10th on the Celebrity Reflection. This cruise will leave from Miami and stop at Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico. I’ve sailed Celebrity once before on the Constellation. This will be my sixth cruise overall; two of those have been with Billy and his lovely wife, Larissa.

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We're On Board Independence of the Seas!

Just a reminder that we're on Independence of the Seas for the next few days.  Follow long on Twitter, Periscope, and Facebook for live broadcasts and updates.  Importantly, follow our daily summaries on the live blog we're posting to, your resource for all information Royal Caribbean.  Have a question about Independence or cruising in general?  Tweet out and we'll find answers!

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Live Coverage From Independence of the Seas This Week!

Starting Thursday I'll be Periscoping, Tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking, and Zlerping (I made that last one up) from Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas.  Importantly, I'll also be live-blogging, sharing a daily summary in words and pictures, on  One of my favorite sites on the interwho, has a plethora of information on all things Royal Caribbean as well as helpful and friendly message boards - but starting today, they also have the sometimes-incoherent ramblings of yours truly.  

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Limited Edition Vintage Cunard Luggage Tag Giveaway!

Since we're sailing on Royal Caribbean's Independence of The Seas during Thanksgiving this year, it seems like it's a great time to kick off the season of giving with some contests.  To start with we're giving away something you truly cannot buy.

Cunard's World Cruises have long been famous experiences.  Guests on these sailings get a number of perks, including commemorative luggage tags.  Two lucky winners of this giveaway will receive one luggage tag from the 1992 QE2 World Cruise, "Grand Expeditions" and one luggage tag from the 1997 Royal Viking Sun World Cruise, "Journey To The Wonders of The World".  

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Sunday's Sail-Aways - Six Ships Leaving Port Everglades

It was a fun weekend with yesterday's Harmony sail-away party and today we enjoyed some great sail-aways.  After a long, hot Summer, many ships have left their Mediterranean and Alaskan routes, returning home to South Florida.  This means that instead of sweating for hours to see a ship or two, we enjoyed a six ship sail-away and chatted with many of you on Periscope.  Take a look below as we offer up pictures, video, and stats from the Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Holland America ships that we watched sail by today.  Also, because you're dying to know, you get to find out what I ate for dinner afterward.

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