Gerry Barker

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Grand Classica Debuts at Port of Palm Beach

By Gerry Barker PORT OF PALM BEACH_ As a band played and media, dignitaries and invited guests looked on, the Grand Classica made its debut appearance at the Port of Palm Beach April 13. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which launched its first cruise in early 2015, now has two ships — Grand Classica and Grand […] More

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Beer and BBQ on Carnival's New Ship, Horizon

Brewmaster Colin Presby, right, and Carnival Vice President of Beverage Operations Eddie Allen at the keg-tapping ceremony aboard Carnival Vista. ( Photo: Carnival) MIAMI – When Carnival Vista launched, it made cruising history by having the first onboard brewery at sea. Carnival’s newest ship, Horizon, will make some history of its own with a new […] More

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10 Things to Love About the Marriott Singer Island

SINGER ISLAND_Located on a beach, facing the Atlantic Ocean, adjacent to Ocean Reef Park and east of the Intra-Coastal, the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa rises 21 stories on this barrier island. Its accommodations and amenities are a magnet for both locals and visitors from all over the world seeking to […] More

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A Q&A With Carnival Cruise Line's Senior PR Manager

Editor’s Note: When I started writing about cruising for The Palm Beach Post six years ago, Vance Gulliksen was one of the first people in the industry I met. The senior PR manager for Carnival Cruise Lines was not only professional and efficient, but also a lot of fun to be around. I asked Vance […] More

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Carnival Cruises to Havana Debut in June

By GERRY BARKER June 29. That’s a date that Terry Thornton, Carnival Cruise Line’s Senior VP of Fleet Deployment, has had circled on his calendar for a long time. That’s the day Carnival Paradise departs Tampa for Havana, Cuba, the first of 12 scheduled departures to the Caribbean destination that’s been off-limits to Americans for […] More

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Holiday Cruise on Oceania Riviera

By GERRY BARKER PORT OF MIAMI_”Brown 3,” said the voice over the Oceania Riviera intercom, the signal that our cruise is officially over. All guests holding “Brown 3” luggage tags headed for the gangway on Deck 6 for disembarkation at the Port of Miami, where we started this voyage back on Dec. 22, 2016. Over […] More

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