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cruise

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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In the watery path of Mendanna, cruising in quest of some region of gold, these isles had sprung up like a scene of enchantment, and for a moment the Spaniard believed his bright dream was realized.
But they continued on their fruitless quest, and the third day, after cruising along the shore of a deep inlet, they passed a line of lofty cliffs that formed the southern shore of the inlet and rounded a sharp promontory about noon.
With this spectacle before him, Arthur had risen to go, when from the inner Dock where the good ship Pancks was hove down when out in no cruising ground, the noise was heard of that steamer labouring towards him.
It was a grand event, indeed, when Mr and Mrs Eugene Wrayburn came to stay at Mr and Mrs John Harmon's house: where, by the way, Mr and Mrs Boffin (exquisitely happy, and daily cruising about, to look at shops,) were likewise staying indefinitely.
He then told us that he went to Batavia, where two of the seamen belonging to the ship arrived, having deserted the rest in their travels, and gave an account that the fellow who had run away with the ship, sold her at Bengal to a set of pirates, who were gone a- cruising in her, and that they had already taken an English ship and two Dutch ships very richly laden.
Between the five of us there was the strong bond of the sea, and also the fellowship of the craft, which no amount of enthusiasm for yachting, cruising, and so on can give, since one is only the amusement of life and the other is life itself.
LEGEND OF THE SEAS, with a cruising speed of 24 knots, will be the only ship in Alaska fast enough to include a visit to out-of-the-way Hubbard Glacier on a week-long itinerary round trip from Vancouver.
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.
Cruising is safe, but there's no disputing that two passengers died in the past three years because they were on a cruise ship.
We're excited to bring the casual elegance of Royal Caribbean megaship cruising to Alaska, and the Panama Canal," said Rod McLeod, Royal Caribbean's executive vice president of sales, marketing and passenger services," and extremely pleased to offer our very first Hawaii cruises -- Royal Caribbean's westernmost foray into the Pacific thus far.
As an award-winning world leader in river cruising, Viking operates scenic cruises along the majestic rivers of Europe, Russia and China.
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.