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Cruise insider: The elegance of dining on a Regent ship

usatoday.com — What's it like to dine on one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. Part 2 of our six-part video series on the recently revamped Seven Seas Mariner, in the carousel above, offers an insider's look at the wide range of gourmet eateries on the vessel.

Cruise insider: The luxury of a Regent Seven Seas ship

usatoday.com — What's it like sailing on one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. USA TODAY Travel in recent weeks received special access to luxury line Regent Seven Seas' all-suite Seven Seas Mariner, which recently emerged from a major makeover, and we'll be rolling out a six-part video series on the vessel over the next few days.

Deal watch: Buy one cruise, get another free

usatoday.com — MSC Cruises is out with an unusual offer that brings two cruises for the price of one. The Europe-based line says customers who book an all-inclusive package for a Europe voyage on the 3,502-passenger MSC Divina by the end of October can take a second cruise on the ship while it's in the Caribbean for free.

Worker who may have handled Ebola specimen on cruise

wusa9.com — (USA TODAY) -- A health care worker who may have handled a specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Industry giant Carnival says the U.S.

Worker who may have handled Ebola specimen goes on cruise

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- A health care worker who may have handled a specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Industry giant Carnival says the U.S.

First look: New day cruises from Florida to Bimini

usatoday.com — BIMINI, Bahamas -- Always wanted to visit Bimini in the Bahamas? A new fast ferry service to the destination that started up this week from Fort Lauderdale is making it easier. Click through the carousel above for our first photos from the vessel, the 1,500-passenger Resorts World's Bimini SuperFast, which will be operating day cruises to Bimini on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Construction begins on largest Carnival cruise ship ever

khou.com — The 133,500-ton ship will be the 25th in the Carnival fleet A shipyard in Italy today officially began construction on what will be the largest Carnival cruise vessel ever. Carnival says the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy, held an official keel-laying ceremony for the 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista, which is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2016.

Construction begins on largest Carnival cruise ship ever

usatoday.com — A shipyard in Italy today officially began construction on what will be the largest Carnival cruise vessel ever. Carnival says the Fincantieri shipyard near Trieste, Italy held an official keel-laying ceremony for the 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista, which is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2016.

Top luxury ship in Galapagos emerges from makeover

usatoday.com — Luxury line Silversea's expedition ship in the Galapagos has emerged from a major, month-long makeover. The overhaul of the 100-passenger Silver Galapagos brought a complete revamp of cabins and corridors, and new decor for the ship's Explorer Lounge.

Photo tour: The allure of Louis Cruises' Cristal

usatoday.com — Thinking about a cruise around Greece or Turkey? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at Louis Cruises' Cristal, which is based in the region. In service since 1980, the 25,000-ton vessel will be familiar to Norwegian Cruise Line fans, as it sailed for the company in the 1990s under the name Leeward.
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Oct 23, 2014

Developing story: #Ebola arrives in New York City. The latest from @usatoday's breaking news team: usat.ly/1pGb7ZE

Oct 23, 2014

Come along as I try out the gourmet eateries on one of luxury line @regentcruises' ships: usat.ly/1teU8nh

Oct 23, 2014

My fave eatery on @regentcruises' Seven Seas Mariner. See more of my shots from ship, video: usat.ly/1teU8nh pic.twitter.com/OgzYEG4PLO

Oct 23, 2014

RT @SeatradeInsider: Richard Fain: Ebola impact on #cruise bookings muted, nothing like SARS a dozen years ago tinyurl.com/o7m8ans

Oct 23, 2014

How can u eat like this on a cruise? See Part 2 of our new series on @regentcruises' Mariner: usat.ly/1teU8nh pic.twitter.com/6q8wtMfhMU

Oct 23, 2014

What's it like dining on a luxury ship? Our new video takes you behind scenes of eateries on @regentcruises' Mariner: usat.ly/1teU8nh

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