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!
Linda Garrison and Dolphin Photo at Dolphinaris, Used with Permission
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
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
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 Interiors
- Disney Dream Exteriors, Deck Areas, and the AquaDuck
- Disney Dream Cabins and Suites
- Disney Dream Lounges and Bars
- Disney Dream Dining Venues
- Disney Dream in Port Canaveral - Exterior Photos
- Disney Dream Inaugural Christening Celebration
Disney Dream Inside Cabin with "Magical" Porthole (c) Linda Garrison
I cruised with Grand Circle Small Ship Cruises on one of their 16-day "Russian Waterways" cruise tours, and loved the mix of cities, towns, villages, and countryside on our voyage. We spent four glorious days each in St. Petersburg and Moscow hotels and seven days on our river ship, the M/S Rossia.
Russian Waterways Photo (c) Linda Garrison
The Marina is absolutely gorgeous, and its style and amenities will appeal to adults who love elegant, yet comfortable surroundings, and expect good food and good value for their cruise dollar. The following articles and photo galleries provide a comprehensive overview of the Marina.
Marina Pictures and Information
- Marina Ship Tour and Profile
- Marina Cabins and Suites
- Marina Dining Venues and Cuisine
- Marina Lounges and Bars
- Marina Interior Public Areas
- Marina Outdoor Deck Areas
Oceania Cruises' Marina Grand Dining Room (c) Linda Garrison
This profile and description of the vessel was compiled from a "Central European Experience" cruise tour with Avalon Waterways that included two nights in a Paris hotel; a ride on the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Metz; a seven-night Moselle, Rhine, and Main River cruise on the Avalon Tranquility; and two nights in a Prague hotel. This was a marvelous way to see parts of central Europe, and the cruise tour was well-organized, fun, and educational.
Avalon Tranquility on the Moselle River in Bernkastel, Germany (c) Linda Garrison
Tulip Photo (c) Linda Garrison
Most cruise tour visitors to Peterhof come with an organized group or guide for a half-day, riding a hydrofoil for 45 minutes along the Neva River one way and a tour bus the other. As shown in these photos, Peterhof and its park are well worth the visit.
Peterhof - Peter the Great's Summer Palace Near Saint Petersburg, Russia
Peterhof Grand Cascade (c) Linda Garrison
Cruise Casinos - Gambling at Sea