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Cruise Travel November/December 2019

Oceania Cruises’ 684-passenger Insignia, one of four Regatta-class ships to receive a facelift in major fleetwide initiative, takes center stage as the November/December issue’s featured Ship of the Month. The upscale line is spending more than $100 million to upgrade its beloved R-ships, which formerly belonged to now-defunct Renaissance Cruises. Enhancements range from reimagined public areas to totally transformed staterooms.

Celebrity Cruises, as “The Celebrity Revolution” article describes, also is keeping up with the times by spending big bucks on overhauls of nine of its ships.

Our Port of the Month report targets Buenos Aires and some of the intriguing neighborhoods that make up Argentina’s dynamic capital city; a sidebar spotlights the legacy of Eva Peron, better known as Evita. Life along the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia is described vividly in the issue’s Cruise of the Month feature.

In Costa Rica, Cruise Travel readers meet a couple who have done more than their share to make the Pacific coastal town of Puntarenas a welcoming port of call, while a profile on the family that started Sitka-based Allen Marine sheds light on a major player in Alaska’s tourism industry. Across the Pacific, a company called UnCruise Adventures offers an offbeat itinerary detailed in “True Hawaii,” a first-person account of the week-long sailing.

Rounding out the November/December issue, cruise history expert Allan E. Jordan describes the evolution of the lido restaurant, now the clear venue of choice for casual dining on the contemporary cruise ship.

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