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Holland America Cruises

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America operates 15 large and mid-sized deluxe cruise ships, all of which have Dutch names that end in "dam".

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I Trained Dolphins at Cozumel!

Thursday April 17, 2014
While docked in Cozumel, Mexico on the Carnival Liberty, my husband and I shared an amazing experience.
Training a dolphin at Dolphinaris in Cozumel
We learned about dolphins at the Dolphinaris Center in Cozumel, prepared their food, learned several hand signals used to command the dolphins, and then worked with the dolphins just like the trainers do!

After putting the dolphins through their "tricks", we got in the water and interacted with them. The highlight was riding on a dolphin. Of course, after shaking hands/fins, rubbing their tummies, and being kissed by a dolphin, we came away loving these intelligent, amazing creatures even more than before. What a great day!

Dolphinaris Photo Gallery

Linda Garrison and Dolphin Photo at Dolphinaris, Used with Permission

Oasis of the Seas Aqua Theater

Wednesday April 16, 2014
The Oasis of the Seas, was launched late in 2009,
Oasis of the Seas Aqua Theater
and along with her sister ship, the Allure of the Seas, she is the world's largest cruise ship. The size of the Oasis allowed Royal Caribbean to include numerous venues never before seen on a cruise ship, such as the 700-seat Oasis of the Seas Aqua Theater. This water show theater is found on deck 6, at the aft end of the Oasis of the Sea's Boardwalk, one of seven neighborhoods on the ship.

The Aqua Theater has both a daytime water show called "Splish Splash", and a nighttime show called "Oasis of Dreams". Eighteen performers--6 divers, 4 synchronized swimmers, 2 specialty divers, and 6 acrobats perform in the Aqua Theater and its 17-foot, 9-inch deep pool.

Oasis of the Seas Aqua Theater (c) Linda Garrison

Cruising the Danube on the Viking Prestige

Tuesday April 15, 2014
A Danube River cruise can be one of life's most relaxing vacations. Passengers can unpack once, sit back and enjoy the marvelous river scenery, and learn about the quaint towns and historical cities that line one of the great rivers of Europe.
Wachau Valley of the Danube River

I sailed an 8-day voyage from Budapest to Nuremberg on the Viking River Cruises' Viking Prestige. This itinerary features capital cities like Vienna and Budapest; historical towns like Passau, Nuremberg, and Melk; engineering marvels like the locks on the Danube River and the Main-Danube Canal; and memorable river views all along the way. It's a great introduction to river cruising, and although I've done this itinerary several times, I still enjoy seeing the river and ports during different seasons.

This Danube River travel journal captures my Viking Prestige river cruise experience.

Wachau Valley of the Danube River (c) Linda Garrison

Disney Dream Cruise Ship Tour and Pictures

Monday April 14, 2014
The Disney Dream cruise ship primarily sails three and four-day cruises to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. Combining a Disney Dream cruise vacation with a stay at the Walt Disney World complex near Orlando is a perfect family vacation.
Disney Dream inside cabin with magical porthole
The Disney Dream has all of the terrific kid's, tweens, and teens areas and activities you would expect from a ship bearing the Disney name. It also has many Disney Cruises' innovations such as rotational dining, enchanted artwork, and inside cabins with "magical portholes". Family members of all ages will love the Disney Dream entertainment, which is filled with Disney music, themes, and characters.

Although the Disney Dream is primarily marketed to family and multi-generational groups, adults will find plenty of exclusive adults-only bars, restaurants, and quiet indoor and outdoor areas to keep them happy.

This tour of the Disney Dream cruise ship will show that the new ship has many Disney Cruises' favorites, but also has added some exciting new activities (like the AquaDuck water coaster), new dining venues, and new kid's and adult venues.

Disney Dream Photo Galleries and Information - Links to over 100 pictures of the Disney Dream

Disney Dream Inside Cabin with "Magical" Porthole (c) Linda Garrison

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