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Cruise lines send ships and cash to help Caribbean islands recover from Irma

Los Angeles Times

First they sent rescue ships. Now cruise lines plan to give millions to help Caribbean islands recover from Hurricane Irma. Royal Caribbean International's cruise ships made humanitarian aid trips last week to the hard-hit islands of St. Martin and St. Thomas. Majesty of the Seas on Monday was scheduled to sail to both destinations. As a result, the cruise line pushed back the departure of a Bahamas cruise until Tuesday and shortened it to three days (stopping at Nassau and the line's private island of Cococay).

Carnival Corp.'s Costa Cruises to resume sailing in Italy next month

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on While U.S. cruise ships remain docked by the coronavirus pandemic, some European cruise lines are getting ready to return to the seas. Costa Cruises, an Italian line owned by Carnival Corp., plans to have its flagship Costa Smeralda resume operations next month with an itinerary of three-, four- and seven-day cruises to Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina and Cagliari. The ship is scheduled to set sail on March 27.

Want your Valentine to fall for you? Try skydiving, or six other less perilous ways to say 'I love you'

Los Angeles Times

There's no one way to mark Valentine's Day, even if you think the day requires roses and a box of chocolates. Here are some ideas that take you near and far -- and are guaranteed to score creativity points with your Valentine. For those who want to engage in a little heart-stopping adventure, head to Lompoc, Calif. The city north of Santa Barbara hopes to woo visitors with a Jump & Dream Valentine's Package that works like this: Spend a night at a participating hotel and you receive a tandem skydive jump from 13,000 feet in the sky. Prices start at $393 at Lompoc Valley Inn & Suites, $437 at Holiday Inn Express Lompoc and $457 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc.

CroisiEurope to launch fifth Mekong River ship for Cambodia-Vietnam cruises

Los Angeles Times

CroisiEurope on Saturday will launch its newest riverboat on the Mekong River in Cambodia. Indochine II, which holds 62 passengers, joins four other ships in the cruise line's fleet dedicated to sailing the Southeast Asian river that flows through six countries. Rver cruises in Asia are hot right now, particularly among longtime passengers who crave new and exotic itineraries. The Mekong River has a lot to offer. Floating markets, colorful fishing villages, landscapes filled with rice fields and pagodas, and islands to explore are some of the highlights on the Cambodia-Vietnam cruises.

Nude cruising takes off

FOX News

The Original Group, a Mexican adult hospitality firm that owns three adults-only resorts in Mexico, has chartered the Azamara Quest for a sex-themed cruise that will depart from Venice in September 2017. The cruise, which will visit ports in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, "will be life changing for our passengers and will become THE sensual way to get away," Original Group CEO Rodrigo de la Pena said in a press release. While on board, you and your special someone can enjoy "provocative entertainment," spend time in erotic private playrooms and let the sun burn all your private parts on the pool deck. I feel for the crew who work these cruisers," someone posted on But book soon-- these exclusive trips sell out fast.