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Cruising to Venice

By Stefano Rellandini

Venice has always been a peculiar destination for everyone who visits. As a town built on water it appears somewhat atypical; no cars, no motorcycles, not even any bikes. The only way to travel through the city is to walk or use the gondolas, the traditional boats of Venice.

Ships are primarily used to reach Venice and in recent years these have become bigger and bigger. Every weekend seven or eight arrive at the lagoon of Venice. They then sail in front of San Marco square to reach the harbor.

The transition through the lagoon is always an exciting moment, especially witnessing the dimensions of these huge sea giants against the surrounding territory.

Following the capsizing of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off Giglio Island, Venice residents are no longer comfortable having these big ships in their lagoon.

from Photographers' Blog:

A night to remember

By Chris Helgren

The weather was calm, the stars and crescent moon shone and the water lapped gently against the hull as three wreaths were tossed into the sea above the Titanic wreck, 100 years after she went down.

It seemed every one of the MS Balmoral’s 1300 guests, dressed against the cool night air, was crammed onto its terraced decks aft, craning for a view of the event. And at 2:20 when the wreaths went in, all was silent. As Philip Littlejohn, the Titanic historian later noted, these details mimicked what would have been happening during the disaster itself – a black night, no light bar that of the doomed liner, and when she went under, silence.

from Photographers' Blog:

Vacation in North Korea?

If you are planning to take an exotic vacation, maybe Democratic People's Republic of Korea is your place.

A week ago I joined a group of foreign journalists and a delegation of Chinese tourism agents on a trip highlighted by a cruise that left the port area of North Korea's Rason City and headed south to the country's famous Mont Kumgang resort. To get to the ship, we took a bus from China to a border crossing in Hunchun. Before we arrived at customs, our Chinese guides collected our mobile phones. North Korean authorities don’t allow foreigners to carry any type of mobile communications.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Stake Night on the Vampire Cruise?

Blog Guy, I know you're a travel expert, and I need some advice. I am a vampire. I would like to go someplace where I don't feel, you know, different.

Maybe I can help. I just saw a story saying hundreds of vampire enthusiasts are planning a vacation cruise on the the Zuiderdam, tailored to their interests. It's called "Vamps at Sea." Maybe you should try it.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Look, Honey, a free vacation cruise!

We may have hit the acme of absurdity. We should plant our flag and turn back.

Let me explain. I work at home, and I am interrupted daily by automated calls trying  to fool me in some way. I don't believe it should be legal to intrude on privacy like this, but I don't make the laws.

Last week, I answered a robotic call and heard, "Congratulations! This household has been selected to receive an absolutely free vacation cruise! Press one for more information, or two to be taken off the list."

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