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Whether reminiscing or planning a cruise holiday, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Pinterest boards are a great place to visit to get some inspiration before heading out to sea. Here you will discover the world of cruising that is a feast for your eyes.

A basic search in Pinterest such as “cruises” will bring up thousands of photos that you can like or re-pin to your own wall. There may even be some pins you’ll want to add to your own boards. Cruise line´s internet sites usually have a follow prompt, so you can follow your favourite cruise line on Pinterest too.

Even with the thousands of boards out there, you will be able to narrow it down to a few favourites you’ll want to follow. They tend to be the ones that post the most photos and have an abundance of followers.

To make things a little easier, we have picked some of the best boards to follow. Besides enjoying fabulous photographs, you can click on the source for some interesting reading too.

Follow Popular Cruising on Pinterest to relive some of your favourite ships and ports or explore new ones. Click on to a few that will take you directly to their cruise podcasts.

Image: Kauai Hawaii via Popular Cruising

Kuai Hawaii

Hawaii is the land of flowers and waterfalls and with it comes lush and beautiful territory that can’t be seen anywhere else. The best way to see the islands from a bird’s eye view is to take a helicopter trip that is arranged by the cruise ship. The helicopter tours mostly focus on the Kauai part of the island.

The buzz word is out there and the word ‘cruise’ is attached to it. Get the latest information and tips with Cruise Buzz.

Image: Food on the MSC Divina via Cruise Buzz

Lunch on MSC Divina

The MSC Divina offers an enormous variety of foods from a wide variety of different cultures and cuisines, with something for everyone to enjoy. They say that presentation is everything and the dining experience onboard the Divina won’t disappoint the eyes or the palate.

This board has everything from ships to ports of call. Cruise Panorama is considered one of the top on-line magazines available today.

Image: Liberty of the Seas in Haiti via Cruise Panorama

Liberty of the Seas in Haiti

Liberty of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbeans Freedom Class cruise ships and is the third largest ship in the world after their Allure and Oasis of the Seas ships,

Besides partaking in all the things a cruise ship has to offer from activities, spas and dining, a port of call is the highlight of any holiday. To browse some ports of call, click on the Cruise Ports link above.

Image: Cruising from Southampton via Cruise Bart

Cruising from Southampton

If flying isn’t your thing, Southampton is just a train, bus or car journey away. Many cruise ships from all over the world are making stops at this port with some starting and finishing their itineraries here.

Suzanne Rowan Kelleher is a family expert with About.com. This mum of three has been a contributor to Fox News, AOL/MapQuest, amongst others and certainly has the experience to set anyone straight about cruising with the little ones and teens.

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Zip Line Fun

For those with an adventurous side, there’s always thrilling activities to be enjoyed. One good way to get some adrenaline pumping is by trying a zip line, a popular activity that can be found in some ports. Zoom down the line at a fast speed as you watch the world flash by you.

Who hasn’t thumbed through their travel books at WH Smith? Fodor’s has published more than 440 guides including those on cruise holidays. Pick up some great tips from a leader in travel advice on their Pinterest boards.

Image: How to pack for a cruise via Fodors

Fodors packing pin

Read some advice on packing for your cruise by clicking on the image above.

Rolling along the inland European waterways is gaining popularity for those who are cruising fans and seeking a new adventure. Uniworld River Cruises on Pinterest provide some fantastic ideas to wet your appetite

Image: Venice Italy via Uniworld River Cruises

Venice

Click on the image above to view the original on Pinterest.

Ok, we had to sneak in our very own contributions on Pinterest. So far, we have 50 boards and over 1000 followers. The best part is that our blogs and articles are attached to many photos. If you have to track back, it will be easy to locate an About2Cruise article through Pinterest.

Image: P&O Britannia via About2Cruise

P&O Britannia

The Britannia is the largest ship in the entire fleet of P&O. Sailing the Mediterranean she made her debut earlier this year. Prior to her maiden voyage, Queen Elizabeth officially named her in Southampton. With 141,000 gross tonnage and 4,100 passengers, Britannia is a mega-ship built mainly for the British Market.

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What to do in the Port of Curacao
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Curacao is a frequently visited island in the Caribbean that cruise ships make a call to, alongside its sisters, the islands of Aruba and Bonaire and it’s easy to see why.

Geographically located only 35 miles from Venezuela, its weather cannot be matched. It promises sunny skies and warm climate that is never stiflingly hot, thanks to constant, breezy trade winds.

When you first arrive in Curacao, you may think that you have stepped into a glossy travel brochure with its crystal clear waters and tropical weather. Willemstad is its capital city and port and is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its importance in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th century. Curacao might have many charms to it but its biggest charm is this beautiful city.

When arriving, the island feels quite European despite its tropical appearance. Its melting pot and deep Dutch heritage becomes more apparent with other influences and culture including African, South American and Caribbean. The area outside of Willemstad offers wild and undeveloped expanses with cactus, aloe and exotic vegetation.

For those looking for more out of their day in Curacao other than sun and sea, there is enough to see and do in Willemstad to make it a full day visit. The city can be walked around with no problem. Start off the day by visiting the Queen Emma Bridge, sometimes called the ‘swinging old lady’.

This is an enormous structure that offers great views of the ocean with plenty of photo opportunities of the city entrance and its colourful facades on the local buildings.

The city is split into two districts and divided one on each side by a narrow but deep channel by the bridge. Captain Bligh was known in these parts. Built in 1635, the island’s first bastion of defence, Fort Amsterdam was crucial to protect the harbour.

Willemstad is home to several museums including the Kura Hulanda Museum, housed in an 18th century restored village. It details accounts of the slave trade. The Maritime Museum spans 500 years of Curacao’s maritime history. The Curacao Museum is filled with artefacts that cover the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

For those seeking plenty of flora and fauna, the biodiversity of Christoffel National Park will suffice. Once within, there are eight hiking trails to choose designated for different levels. You can get up close to the rare Curaçao White Tailed deer, take in the lovely fragrances of the wild orchids and get photos of the unique and stunning Kadushi cacti.

The national park also features some ancient artefacts such as the Amerindian petroglyphs carved into the limestone cliff and colonial era plantation homes.

Trupial bird

For those that want an even more impressive adventure at the National Park, they can attempt to scale the 1,227 foot summit of Mount Christoffel. On sunny days, Bonaire is visible in the distance. The best bet is to start out early, as the midday heat can make it hard to reach the top of the mountain.

Beyond Willemstad, there are more than thirty five beaches that never get crowded.

Curacao is an ideal port of call for scuba divers. View the striking aquatic creatures in the water. The cafes of Cas Abao Beach or Playa Porto Marie allow you to sip a cool and refreshing drink while staring at the ocean in one of their enormous beach chairs.

Curacao has also made headlines in the cruising industry recently when the government announced that they are planning on setting up an additional berth.

Due to open in time for the 2017 cruising season, it will allow the latest megaships to have access to a new port and offer the opportunity for even more cruise passengers to get a sampling of this tropical island. Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Pullmantur are just a few of the cruise lines that are scheduled to head to Curacao this summer.

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Princess to Offer new Itineraries from Japan
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Tokyo Architecture

Parent Company, Carnival Cruise Lines made a big splash in the cruising industry recently with a special announcement related to their Princess Cruises brand. According to the company, Princess will offer new trips from Japan in the 2016 cruising season.

Heading out of the ports of Tokyo and Kobe, itineraries will include two new ports of call on the island of Kyushu, Korea, Taiwan and even portions of Eastern Russia. Special “Land and Sea” holiday packages will allow travellers to be able to stay in Kyoto and Tokyo City for a few nights to obtain the full and hospitable flavour of Japan prior to or after their designated cruise holiday.

The vessel to receive the honour for Princess Cruises is the ‘Diamond Princess’. The Grand Japan Voyages will range from 14 to 20 nights. The company does promise that a few four and five night sampler itineraries will be on the horizon too in the waters surrounding Japan.

Diamond Princess

The schedule will be for the months of April to October, and makes Princess the first North American cruise line to offer a full season in Japanese waters.

Bookings for these exciting new cruises begin on April 16th, 2015 and projections indicate that the ship will fill up quickly. However, the Diamond Princess has more than enough staterooms and can hold more than 2,670 passengers.

There are six different types of cabins to choose from, including ‘Ocean view, Balcony, Mini Suite, Suite, Family Suite’ and for those that are willing to go all out, the ‘Grand Suite with Balcony’.

Passengers onboard the ship will not only see the sights but have a chance to explore the wonderful amenities that the Diamond Princess offers. The enormous amount of activities available on the ship will keep passengers busy.

Ranging from enrichment programmes and an international art collection with auction to a Japanese steam bath, there’s something for everyone. The Lotus Spa contains a fantastic array of treatments and for those seeking to keep their bodies in tip top shape can use the variety of exercise equipment and swim in one of the four pools onboard.

Diamond Princess at Night

Dining on the ship is no less extravagant. There are five main dining rooms, all of which share a menu of international cuisine with a Japanese flair. Four of the dining rooms are flexible but one of them is formal, so remember to pack your best gear! Speciality dining includes Japanese, with Kai Sushi being a standout as well as Sabatini’s, a Tuscan style Italian restaurant and the Sterling Steakhouse, an American style steakhouse.

Entertainment onboard is also prolific, with amazing stage shows and feature length films being shown in the theatre and the Skywalkers Nightclub is a great way to dance the night away. Grand Casino has an enormous amount of gambling options from blackjack to slot machines and the Explorers Lounge has a classy style with lounge music and cosy leather seats.

A cruise with Princess is enticing enough but the latest announcement is sure to bring the cruise line some new passengers looking for new experiences.

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A Look at MSC’s Divina
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MSC Divina in Miami

Built in 2012, the MSC Divina carries 3500 passengers and like all of the MSC Cruises fleet is a family oriented ship. Take a look at what makes the Divina so ‘divine’.

ACCOMMODATION

There are over 1,700 cabins available onboard the Divina with 95 percent of them having balconies. There are also inside and ocean view cabins and something that will work for those traveling with children, the ‘Super Family Cabins’. These are two balcony cabins combined into one and offering double the space.

Super Family Cabins

There are several classes of suites including the Aurea Suites which offer panoramic views. The Yacht Club cabins and suites are located on the 15th and 16th floors and promise a level of exclusivity to passengers with its “ship-within-a-ship” concept. Those in the Yacht Club Suites have a private lounge with a buffet service, a swimming pool and a sundeck. All cabins have interactive flat-screen TV and Internet connectivity.

Yacht Club Suite

Those booked in suites obtain added benefits such as the concierge service, a Nintendo Wii with a library of games, an enormous marble bathroom with luxury toiletries and a complimentary mini-bar.

DINING

The MSC Divina contains several speciality restaurants including the Tex Mex restaurant. The main dining areas on the ship are The Black Crab and Villa Rossa. Both restaurants contain exactly the same menus and consist of five courses for dinner.

Two extensive buffets, the Manitou and Calumet contain everything from international dishes to hamburgers and hot dogs. In the mornings they serve a continental breakfast.

Divina Calumet Buffet

Other dining areas include the Eataly Steakhouse, well known for their prime cuts of meat, Ristorante Italia which has a large amount of dishes from Tuscany and for those that want something different than pasta, La Cantina di Bacco, is a casual restaurant that offers tapas and a good range of pizza options. If you wish to eat in, there is also room service and a pizza delivery.

The Eataly Steakhouse

THINGS TO DO

Those that are used to traditional shows will be surprised at the extravagance on Divina with its thrilling acrobatic and contortionism in its pirate themed shows and operas. Located in the neon and crystal decorated Pantheon Theatre, these shows are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Those that want to try to sing like a star should try out the karaoke at the Golden Jazz Bar. The Sports Bar located next door offers the latest up to date news on all major sports and has a lot of snack food to enjoy while you are there.

Divina Sports Bar

MSC Divina offers many opportunities for the sports minded. There is a basketball court, football and volleyball facilities and exercise equipment in the fitness centre. There is also yoga and zumba classes offered that are sure to give the body a good workout.

Of course, don’t forget the various pools, all of which are a great place to cool down and relax. The main pool is the Garden Pool which is adults only and contains a more casual atmosphere. The bar nearby provides perfect refreshments.

Divina garden pool

Unique family fun can be found with the Formula 1 Simulator and the 4D Cinema, both of which offer a way to escape from reality and immerse in a private world.

For pure relaxation, head to the Spa which covers an area of over 20,000 square feet. The large number of treatments on their menu range from simple massages to Shiatsu.

ITINERARIES

The MSC Divina is gearing up for her ‘Grand Voyage’ and is returning back to Europe. She will be departing from Miami on the 26th of April for a 20 night sailing. Ports of call include King’s Wharf in Bermuda, a 2-day stop in New York, Ponta Delgada in the Azores, Lisbon, Cadiz (Seville), Barcelona, Naples before finishing up on the 16th of May in Civitavecchia (Rome).

A shorter segment of 17 nights is also available. The Divina will then be doing seven night itineraries throughout the Mediterranean until Oct 24, 2015, when she heads west towards the Caribbean on another Grand Voyage of 18 nights.

Images courtesy of MSC Cruises

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New innovations on Carnivals Latest Ship
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Carnival Cruise Lines made headlines in the cruising world recently with the announcement that their new ship will be debuting in the spring of 2016. The ship will be called the Carnival Vista and will include many new innovations that will allow this fun cruise line to stand out in the mega ship category.

Carnival is pulling out all of the stops with this ship in terms of entertainment, to the extent where there may be more things to do on the ship than in the port! The Vista  will be unique for having the first enormous IMAX theatre on a cruise ship. Other things to look out for are the extensive water park and the Red Frog Pub.

IMAX Theatre

But the main attraction on this ship is the brand new SkyRide attraction. The SkyRide consists of an 800 foot suspended track that offers magnificent views of the ocean. However, if you want a view, you will have to work for it as you will have to pedal on a suspended recumbent bicycle in order to move around. This is a great way to see some beauty and get some exercise in at the same time.

carnival vista skyride

Close by is the SkyClimb, which is a series of suspended ropes that have been specially arranged into an obstacle course. There are many other sport related items at the Activity Park and SportsSquare Clubhouse, which contain table tennis, athletic video games and mini bowling.

The waterpark on the Carnival Vista contains a multitude of slides, the most notable being the Kaleid-O-Slide, which is a thrilling water tube ride. Travel down a heart stopping 455 feet of kaleidoscope colours, creating a trippy effect; with twists and turns at every corner.

The Thrill Theater offers a different approach to seeing a movie; the special effects in the short film come to life in numerous dimensions in this unique show.

New Dining Options

Dining will be no less extravagant, with new options being the Seafood Shack, offering delicious treats such as lobster rolls, fried shrimp and crab cakes.

Fahrenheit 555 is an American style steakhouse filled with class, whereas the Bonsai Sushi restaurant contains ocean views that perfectly match the oriental atmosphere.

A more Latin American flair can be found at the Havana Bar which offers Cuban drinks and traditional snack foods. The Vista has expanded the line’s well liked Havana infusion experience and this bar transforms into an all night salsa dance club after dark.

Vista’s Latino Theme

The Latino theme extends outdoors with a new Havana Pool that will offer stunning views of the sea. Besides whirlpools, a relaxation area has been designated with artificial palm trees, thatched patio huts and comfortable lounge chairs under colorful umbrellas.

Carnival Vista’s staterooms and suites will be decorated in warm hues in the beautifully designed interior staterooms right through to the balconies and suites. The Vista is also introducing two new accommodation classes. The Havana Cabanas are themed on the tropics. These cabins offer private outdoor patios that have standard lounge chairs and a hammock as well.

Havana Cabana Staterooms

The new Family Harbor accommodations will consist of ocean view, balcony and interior staterooms that are spacious enough for a family of five. An exclusive Family Harbor Lounge has been set aside as a family hangout complete with large screen TVs and games.

The Vista is scheduled to operate 8 to13 day cruises in the western and eastern Med from May 2016 until October 21, 2016. She will then cross the Atlantic towards New York. What is planned after that no one knows as of yet!

Mock up images courtesy of Carnival Cruises

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