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A Preview of The District Brew House on Norwegian Escape

Today I was lucky enough to be Norwegian's guest on the Norwegian Escape.  This visit had many great points I want to touch on, but we'll start with the venue that stuck out more than any other: The District Brew House, the Escape's own onboard brewery and tap-house featuring around 75 beers and offering a great atmosphere.

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Five Things We No Longer See On Cruise Ships

Cruising, like everything in the world, is constantly evolving.  Certain things about cruising however are engrained in the minds of those who experienced them first hand, or even by watching The Love Boat.  To this day for example not a cruise goes by that I don't hear someone, often younger than I, asking if they still have a midnight buffet.  Let's take a quick glimpse at five of the things we just don't see on cruise ships any longer.

beach photo of passengers on NCLSunward II
NCL Sunward II Passengers (okay, my parents) On The Beach Circa 1982
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Virgin Cruises Is Now Virgin Voyages, Orders Three Ships, "A mission to change cruising, for good."

Virgin Cruises, started by business magnate and philanthropist Richard Branson, promised today in Miami to deliver "innovation and experiences" and that the company will now be known as Virgin Voyages, having placed an order with Fincantieri for three new vessels.  

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NCL's Newly Announced Alaskan Build, Norwegian Bliss: Will it help bring families to the Last Frontier or crowd the beauty?

Traditionally, the beautiful and peaceful ports in Alaska have been served by ships smaller than those which frequent the Caribbean, but Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed plans to change that in 2018 with the new 167,800 gross ton Norwegian Bliss, and an overhaul to Pier 66 in Seattle.

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What are repositioning cruises?

An NCL ships transits the Panama Canal

When a cruise ship is has been sailing in one region, and takes a long trip to start cruising another region, this journey is often billed as a "repositioning cruise."  They allow guests to spend a lot of time on the ship, usually at a far lower nightly cost than other sailings.  Let's look at where they go and why they're often so long... Read more about What are repositioning cruises?