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Coming Up In May

Updated a long time ago.

May is just around the corner, and I have an exciting month of travel coming up, on not one, but two cruises.

I've already started packing for my flight to Rome on Friday of next week. That's where I'll hop on my first cruise on Princess Cruises' brand new Emerald Princess.

Our 12-day itinerary takes us from the Eternal City of Rome, up the coast of Italy, through Greece, to Turkey and back through Greece to Venice. I'll post videos and commentary each day from May 5 through May 17, so I'll hope you'll tune in.

Now Princess has just announced a number of new culinary enhancements, and I'll be reporting on those as well as providing details about the ship itself and the ports of call. I'll also cover christening events for Emerald Princess from Athens on May 13. So be sure to tune in.

A couple of days after disembarking the 3,070-passenger Emerald Princess, I'll board the 108-passenger SeaDream II. What a contrast!

I hope to convey the differences between big ship and small ship cruising through videos that I'll post each day between May 19 and May 26.

We'll cruise from Barcelona, along the coast of France, to Nice.

I'm really excited to learn more about this product. People tell me it's wonderful.

Seadream received the highest overall score of any passenger ship - large or small - in Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 Reader's Choice Awards.

What sets Seadream apart from the other cruise lines that like to think they're competing against it? Listen to my interview with Seadream Yacht Club President and CEO Larry Pimentel on Wednesday May 2.

Meantime, bookmark this page and return often. I look forward to you "cruising" along with me. Reporting for Cruise Specialists, this is Ralph Grizzle.

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