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John Minniti was certified as a New York City tour guide, but he never gave a bunch of strangers a tour of the city he adored. He saved that for the people he loved.

Born in Newark and raised in Orange, Minniti made New York City his playground. 

On weekends he would blaze a trail through the city grid to soak in the sights, sounds and flavors of New York’s museums, parks and restaurants, said his wife, Diane Minniti. A stroll through the city with friends and family was his greatest joy, she said.

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As holidays approach, California unveils new rules on family gatherings, social events

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 9, 2018: Motorists cruise Santa Rosa Avenue, better known as Christmas Tree Lane, in Altadena, California to view the 0.7 mile of deodar cedar trees that have been lit by community volunteers annually since 1920. In 1990, the lane was designated as California Historical Landmark No. 990. (Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
Motorists cruise Santa Rosa Avenue, better known as Christmas Tree Lane, in Altadena in 2018. (Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

With the holiday season approaching, California last week released new guidelines for socializing that prohibit gatherings among more than three households.

While coronavirus cases are dipping — and hospitalizations and deaths are at their lowest levels in months — officials are emphasizing the importance of maintaining health safety measures.

“We are entering into the holidays, but also we’re entering into the part of the year when things cool down and people are more likely to congregate … in settings that put their physical proximity and likelihood of transmitting disease at higher risk,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

“Don’t be misled that this disease is any less deadly. Quite the contrary — it is as deadly as it’s ever been in the context of those that are high risk.”

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With Kearney still hotspot for COVID-19, Two Rivers urges ‘vigilant’ mask-usage, other precautions during Cruise Nite | Local News

KEARNEY — Two Rivers Public Health approved the event plan for Kearney Cruise Nite Week, and is hoping everyone has a wonderful but safe time during the event this week. While the activities do take place outdoors, there still are some safety recommendations Two Rivers would like to pass along to people who plan to attend.



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A press release from Two Rivers last week indicated that the Kearney area has been identified as a local hot spot. Jeremy Eschliman, Two Rivers’ health director, said there are concerning levels of activity taking place in the Kearney area regarding the virus and its spread, so he urges caution to prevent any further spread in the community.

“With the activities taking place in open areas, this affords a much better opportunity for social distancing,” he said.

Vigilant mask usage and proper

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Kearney Cruise Nite still a go despite COVID numbers



a car parked in a parking lot: The annual Kearney Cruise Nite, usually held on the third weekend of July was postponed due to the pandemic and will go on as planned Oct. 13-18.


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The annual Kearney Cruise Nite, usually held on the third weekend of July was postponed due to the pandemic and will go on as planned Oct. 13-18.

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – The annual Kearney Cruise Nite, usually held on the third weekend of July was postponed due to the pandemic.

Instead, organizers moved the popular five-day automobile festival until October. And while COVID-19 cases have been increasing in the district, the event has been given the green light for October 13-18.

Two Rivers Public Health approved the event plan for Kearney Cruise Nite Week. Two Rivers said while the activities do take place outside, there are still some safety recommendations they would like to pass along to those who plan on attending.

A press release from Two Rivers last week indicated that the Kearney area has been identified as a local hot

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What’s a cruise cabin guarantee and will it save you money?



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If you’re new to cruise vacations, you may wonder about cruise fares that are labeled “cruise cabin guarantee.” What does that mean, and can booking a guaranteed cabin save you money or help convince the upgrade fairy to visit you? Let’s find out.

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Cruise cabin types and categories

Let’s start with the basics. When you look at cruise fares, you’ll see that they can vary widely for the same itinerary. The price differential is due to the cabin type you select. An interior stateroom with no windows will generally be much cheaper than a similar cabin with a balcony or one of the ship’s

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a big, family-friendly SUV with diesel-rivalling fuel economy

Happily, it gets better at speed; in fact, the CR-V proved to be a very effective way of undertaking long journeys, so as a cruiser it makes a little more sense. There was one disappointing feature here, though, too, in the adaptive cruise control. 

This system has a feature which spots when cars are drifting into your lane; sounds sensible, but in reality it’s rather too sensitive. As a result, you find the car braking hard for no apparent reason, in the mistaken belief the car to your left is moving into your lane. Of course, drivers behind you start to wonder why you’re brake testing them, much to your embarrassment.

On one journey, this happened so often I disengaged the cruise control; no great hardship, but then what’s the point in paying for a top-spec model with adaptive cruise control if it doesn’t work very well?

Money on my

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Cruise companies receive thousands of bookings within days, Lifestyle News

SINGAPORE – Phones have been ringing off the hooks at the offices of Genting Cruise Lines, with the company receiving more than 6,000 bookings for its “cruises to nowhere” in just five days.

Each of these bookings is likely for at least two people. A total of 23 Genting Cruise Lines sailings, each with a maximum capacity of 1,700 passengers, are scheduled for November and December.

The Singapore Tourism Board announced last Thursday (Oct 8) that round-trip cruises without ports of call will take place under a pilot programme.

Under it, only two cruise lines – Genting Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International – can take to the seas.

Without disclosing specific numbers, Royal Caribbean International also said that the demand has “exceeded expectations”.

According to a spokesman, bookings are up 500 per cent compared to the past two weeks. Its first sailing on Dec 1, which is capped at

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Cruise Chatter: Jason Montague, Seatrade Wrap-Up, Grenada and More

Right now, far-flung cruise travel across the globe could seem akin to a page in history, something people did in the past, but, given the pandemic, not something for the present or future. But, not so fast…

“The demand that we’re seeing from our guests for long, exotic sailings has been incredible, especially when considering the environment,” Jason Montague, president and CEO, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, told Travel Agent recently. In fact, the ultra-luxury line’s lengthy 2023 World Cruises sold out quickly, with Montague’s perspective that luxury travelers are “chomping a bit” to get back out there sailing to exotic locales.

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Overall, particularly looking at the last half of 2021 and beyond, “we’re seeing demand across the regions—including the Seven Seas Splendor in the Baltics and Northern Europe,” he noted, also citing strong bookings for the line’s remote “Grand Arctic” itinerary. Guests on this itinerary

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America’s first female captain of a mega cruise ship has been at sea for 310 days. She wouldn’t want it any other way.



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a person sitting at a table in front of a window: Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises


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Kate McCue was the first female captain of a mega cruise ship. Celebrity Cruises

  • Kate McCue, captain of the 2,918-passenger Celebrity Edge, is the first American female captain of a mega cruise ship.
  • She’s among only 2% of the world’s female mariners and hopes to inspire other women to follow in her footsteps.
  • She says Celebrity Cruises went from having a 3% female bridge team when she started in 2015 to over 27% today.
  • McCue is on Insider’s list of Luminaries: 25 women pushing boundaries and accomplishing extraordinary feats. Check out the full list here.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

“Everything’s better on the ship. You know, this real world sucks,” Captain Kate McCue told Insider back in December 2019.

“I would prefer five months on to two weeks off. That would be fine,” she said about her work schedule, which

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What To Do While Docked

Situated on the eastern coast of Canada on one of the largest natural harbors in the world, Halifax is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia and the largest metropolitan area on Canada’s Atlantic Coast. 

Where Do Cruise Ships Dock in Halifax?

Carnival Sunshine docked in Halifax.

A popular port of call on Canada and New England cruises, ships dock at piers 20 and 22 near the downtown area — providing passengers convenient ship-to-shore access.

Visitors can easily set out to explore Halifax’s compact downtown area on foot, or connect with public transportation, taxis, or rideshares at the terminal.

If multiple cruise ships are in port, they may dock at lower berths and passengers will be shuttled to the terminal. 

Background/History of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Halifax has a long history as a military outpost thanks to its strategic position on Canada’s eastern coast. The

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