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Exclusive: Inside the Disney Wonder makeover — CADIZ, Spain - Just how much is changing during this month's makeover of the Disney Wonder? See for yourself in the video above. USA TODAY Cruise got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look earlier this month at the unprecedented six-week overhaul of the iconic vessel, which is taking place at the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, Spain.

New Mississippi riverboat to have two-deck-high suites — The new Mississippi riverboat under construction for the American Queen Steamboat Company will be the first on the river with two-deck-high suites. The Loft Suites on the 166-passenger American Duchess will offer a spacious living area across a downstairs level with a bedroom upstairs, according to drawings released this week by the Memphis-based company.

Disney Cruise Line to offer first voyage to Bonaire — Add Bonaire to the list of destinations that you can reach on a Disney cruise. Disney Cruise Line on Tuesday announced it would offer its first sailing to the Dutch Caribbean island in early 2018 out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The seven-night sailing will take place on the 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder and kick off on Jan.

First look: Inside Cunard Line's revamped Queen Mary 2 — Cunard Line's iconic flagship, Queen Mary 2, underwent a massive, $132 million makeover in June that brought changes to almost every area of the ship.

A makeover brings changes, but iconic Queen Mary 2 "still is Queen Mary 2" — ABOARD QUEEN MARY 2 -- Ask the captain of the Queen Mary 2 about the most significant change during the vessel's massive makeover earlier this year, and he'll answer with a paradox. The most notable aspect of the $132 million overhaul, says Christopher Wells, is that there was no change at all -- at least to the essence of what makes the ship so beloved in cruising circles.

Marvel franchise heading to the high seas — Marvel fans, your ship has come in. Literally. Disney today announced that Marvel characters will appear on the Disney Magic in a big way in 2017 as part of seven special Marvel-themed sailings out of New York.

First look: Inside the revamped Queen Mary 2 — Just how much has changed aboard Queen Mary 2, the famed Cunard ocean liner that recently underwent a massive makeover? USA TODAY is getting a first-hand look this week during a sailing from Southampton, England, and we're posting our first photos in the carousel above.

Deal watch: Avalon offers savings on Myanmar river cruises — One of the most off-the-beaten-path river trips operated by Avalon Waterways is now on sale. The Colorado-based river line is offering $4,000-per-cabin savings on select 2017 departures of its Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy itinerary, which promises an in-depth look at the long-isolated country.

Want lobster every night on your next cruise? This is your line — Call it stump the chef. Regent Seven Seas Cruises is changing up the menu in the main restaurants on its ships to let passengers order pretty much anything they want -- as long as the ingredients are back in the kitchen.

New Mississippi riverboat now available for booking — A new Mississippi riverboat from the line that operates the American Queen is now available for booking. The American Queen Steamboat Company has begun taking reservations for the 166-passenger American Duchess, which is scheduled to debut in June 2017. The all-suite vessel will offer trips on the Mississippi between St.
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Oct 27, 2016

RT @usatodaytravel: EXCLUSIVE from @CruiseLog : A sneak peek at this month's massive makeover of the Disney Wonder…

Oct 24, 2016

This is where you dance on @cunardline's revamped #QueenMary2. More of our first shots, live from ship:

Oct 24, 2016

This is where you splash on @cunardline's revamped #QueenMary2. More of our first shots, live from ship:

Oct 24, 2016

This is where you smoke cigars on @cunardline's revamped #QueenMary2. More of our first shots, live from ship:

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