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New Maritime Museum

Gulfport, MS, welcomes a new maritime museum in 2011. The museum will be the first to present the maritime heritage of the Gulf Coast. Look for hand-ons, interactive exhibits rather than static maritime artifacts and displays. 

Carnival Capers

Starting May 18, Carnival Cruise Lines (www.carnival.com ) re-positions Carnival Fantasy to the Port of Charleston, SC, for year-round cruising. The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy will operate five-, six- and seven-day voyages to The Bahamas and Key West, FL, from the Passenger Terminal in historic Charleston.

Photo of Carnival celebration in Charleston goes here.

To promote the start of those cruises, Carnival brought its mascot Freddy and a huge slide to Charleston recently. The Fun Ship line donated $1 for every person who slid down its "Fun Ship slide" up to $5,000, to the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Thousands of sliders and participants enjoyed the fun event. Carnival donated the full $5,000!

Want to know more about the Carnival Fantasy? Read our article on SouthernCruising.com about the ship and its "Evolutions of Fun" onboard upgrades.

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Woody, Buzz, Rex & Company Are Back!

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their beloved toy pals return in a new musical production, "Toy Story - The Musical," onboard Disney Wonder. Yes, your favorite toys are back but this time appearing on stage at sea. They sing, they dance, they wow! Editor Susan J. Young watched the debut of this delightful musical onboard the ship at Port Canaveral. Join us for her impressions and original photos.
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Camp Carnival: Little Pirates of the Caribbean

Lizz Dinnigan, accompanied by her husband Joe, their four-year-old son Jack and 15-month-old baby Casey, recently boarded Carnival Miracle for a much-needed family vacatiion. At the ship's Camp Carnival, Jack loved "the Goop," relished playing with kids his age, and pretended to be a pirate! Lizz, a professional copy editor and writer, details the voyage, her family's activities, her perspective and helpful tips for those thinking of cruising with tiny tots.
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A Moveable Feast on Emerald Princess

Cruise journalist Anne Kalosh was onboard the new Emerald Princess for its christening in Greece in May. Anne reports back to readers on her impressions of this sparkling new ship.

And, she specifically outlines the culinary attributes of this new vessel. So if you're a gastronomic connoisseur, come along with Anne as she explores the depth of the Emerald Princess' dining options.

Bon appetit!
Sweet Dreams Afloat: Bedding Matters

When it comes to a cruise vacation, most people love the activities, the pampering, the relaxation, the food and the shore trips. But increasingly, they're getting a good night's sleep as well.

Sumptuous duvets, high-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, a choice of pillows and pillowtop mattresses are among the enhancements cruise lines have made to their staterooms and suites.

So sail along with Carol Eannarino, one of our freelance cruise writers and a travel trade expert, as she looks at the latest bedding upgrades onboard ships sailing from southern U.S. ports.

Roundup of Cruise Line Kids' Programs

Thinking of taking the family -- including toddlers or teens -- on a Caribbean cruise?

Check out some of the features from the lines' children's programs before you book. The creative offerings are mind-boggling. Most lines split the children's programs into specific age groups. Teens have exclusive clubs to hang out in or enjoy karaoke. Younger kids have computer labs, pirate playgrounds and arts and crafts.

Even toddlers are entertained or supervised by counselors while mom and dad are relaxing elsewhere on the ship. Here's a "sampling" of children's programs for major cruise lines sailing from southern U.S. ports.


Scuba Adventures on a Princess Caribbean Cruise

The undersea world is a fascinating kaleidoscope of colors and sea creatures. From a tiny shrimp to a giant manta ray, scuba divers are likely to encounter a host of marine life.

Famed outdoor adventure writer Michael DeFreitas has written a story for readers about his dive adventures while on a Princess Cruises voyage. Michael outlines the scuba certification programs offered on Princess. He also offers tips for selecting a cruise itinerary based on diving suited to your skill level.

So come along with Michael. Let's scuba...

A Freestyle Pearl: Bowling and More

Cruise writer Kay Showker sailed on Norwegian Pearl a few months ago and provides her perspective on this "Freestyle Cruising" vessel and what it offers for consumers.

From a wealth of alternative dining choices to excellent onboard diversions including the first ever Bowling Alley at Sea, the newest ship in the NCL fleet, goes above and beyond in assuring customers have a great time at sea.
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