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Famous Ocean Liner QE2 Opens as a Hotel in Dubai - Hotel Details, and a Touch of Queen Elizabeth 2's History

Cunard Line has had many famous ocean liners, but each with distinct legacies. The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is just one of them, but her storied history is especially meaningful to those of us who have been lucky enough to sail her as well as those with an understanding of her place in history.  Last week in Dubai, UAE, the QE2 re-opened to guests, though these visitors will have a distinctly different experience as they wake up each day in the same place aboard a sparkling new hotel at Mina Rashid... Read more about Famous Ocean Liner QE2 Opens as a Hotel in Dubai - Hotel Details, and a Touch of Queen Elizabeth 2's History

Comparing Cruise Line Credit Cards

Like department stores, airlines, and even gas stations, some cruise lines have their own credit cards promising perks and savings for cardholders.  We looked at a few of these offers and found there are far better deals to be had if you’re looking to save money and get benefits from using a credit card for travel.  We’ll break down the benefits, the cost, and tricks you might find helpful in using credit card perks to save money on your next cruise... Read more about Comparing Cruise Line Credit Cards

Celebrity Giveth, and Celebrity Taketh Away - November Preview Sailings Cancelled

We love sharing exciting news about Celebrity Edge, a ship which proves to be truly innovative, and you can find all of our Edge content here.  Launching new ships is real life though, and sometimes, that means it isn't all sunshine and lollipops.  Today Celebrity began reaching out travel agents, letting them know that the November 21st and 24th three-night preview sailings have been canceled... Read more about Celebrity Giveth, and Celebrity Taketh Away - November Preview Sailings Cancelled

Oceania Announces "Wavenet" - Faster WiFi Across Their Fleet, Plus Free Access

This week Oceania Cruises, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, announced "Wavenet", a new internet technology coming soon to the fleet, which includes free basic access for all guests.  WiFi on cruise ships was once, and in many cases still is quite expensive and slow, but it's become much better and cheaper over the past couple of years - changes certainly welcome by many guests as well as crew members... Read more about Oceania Announces "Wavenet" - Faster WiFi Across Their Fleet, Plus Free Access

Dining on the Edge - Multiple Complimentary Dining Rooms, Innovative Culinary Experiences, and More Revealed on Celebrity Edge

Normandie French Restaurant on Celebrity EdgeCelebrity has already released a lot of exciting details about the upcoming Celebrity Edge, but up until now, and except for Eden, they’d been mum on dining information.  Recently however, at an event in NYC, they’d spilled the beans on some of the exciting options available on this promising ship.  We’ll dive in to the 29 palate-pleasing venues in store for Edge guests and talk about a revolutionary venue that combines, cuisine, technology, and entertainment to create a journey, rather than just a meal... Read more about Dining on the Edge - Multiple Complimentary Dining Rooms, Innovative Culinary Experiences, and More Revealed on Celebrity Edge

Using Two-Way Radios to Keep in Touch on Cruise Ships

Keeping in touch with friends or family on a cruise is easy if you're going to be purchasing an onboard WiFi package, but often guests look to handheld radios or "walkie-talkies" for a cheaper way to coordinate happenings on ever-larger ships with countless distracting events.  This can certainly be an effective option for some, but you'll want to keep reading to learn about features, options, reasonable expectations, and a few "gotchas" before relying on two-way radios on your cruise.  Warning, I'm an amateur radio operator, used to work in radio communications, and a bit of a nerd - but I'll try to keep things simple. Read more about Using Two-Way Radios to Keep in Touch on Cruise Ships

A Brief History of the Blue Riband - The Fastest Passenger Ships to Sail the Atlantic

Today, cruising evokes images of leisurely tropical destinations or exploration of historical sites on another continent.  Not long ago however, traveling by passenger ship was transportation, and speed mattered.  The need to quickly cross the Atlantic, combined with a geo-political climate (including two world wars) that promoted national pride, lead to government and industry joining hands in the quest for a symbolic award: The Blue Riband... Read more about A Brief History of the Blue Riband - The Fastest Passenger Ships to Sail the Atlantic