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i. Flight from the top of the climb to the top of the descent, carried out at speed and engine settings that result in fuel economy and a long engine life.
ii. A flight condition that permits an aircraft to operate smoothly and efficiently for a long period.
iii. When used in ATC (air traffic control) clearance, it means to authorize a pilot to conduct flight at any altitude from the minimum IFR (instrument flight rules) altitude up to and including the altitude specified in the clearance. The pilot may level off at any intermediate altitude within this block of airspace. Climb or descent within the block is to be made at the discretion of the pilot. However, once the pilot starts the descent and verbally reports leaving an altitude in the block, he or she may not return to that altitude without additional ATC clearance.
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It is in this region that we have seen the most spectacular growth in European river cruising.
Thanks in part to deal-seeking travelers, cruising has emerged as the fastest-growing segment of the leisure-travel market.
NCL's innovative onboard experience offers vacationers freedom from the stress and demands of everyday life and freedom to enjoy a less structured, more relaxed, resort style experience than traditional cruising.
NCL's unique Freestyle Cruising offers vacationers a less structured, more relaxed, more resort-style experience than traditional cruising.
Cruising has become a phenomenally popular form of travel for North Americans and has been a steadily growing segment of the travel business for the past 30 years.
With the growth of the cruise industry over the past decade, more ships are sailing to more destinations than ever, tempting travelers with themed cruising and more unique locales.
Cruising is safe, but there's no disputing that two passengers died in the past three years because they were on a cruise ship.
Combining the finest cuisine at sea, exceptional personalized service, luxurious accommodations and extraordinary value, Oceania Cruises is setting a new, worldwide standard for luxury cruising.
Although more older women are cruising alone, they often don't enter into shipboard activities "because they aren't socially assertive or because they feel it would be unseemly," said Bruce Good, director of cruise product for Royal Cruise Line.