An iconic step in the life of any new ship is the keel laying ceremony, when the first piece of steel is put in place. Today in Saint-Nazaire, France the foundation was laid for the innovative new structure of the Celebrity Edge. In front of leaders of Celebrity Cruises and STX France shipyard, an 875 ton block was lifted into the air and a coin was placed on the dock before lowering the metal section into position. Now the vessel will begin to take shape as additional blocks can be joined to the newly-laid foundation... Read more about Celebrity's Newest Ship Edges Toward Reality - Keel Laid in Saint-Nazaire
We occasionally hear rumors of people enjoying destinations that they don't visit by cruise ship, and it turns out you can have fun on a land vacation, too. If you're looking for amazing beaches, nightlife, and endless resort options then Cancún might be up your alley. Let's take a quick look at what different parts of this destination have to offer and provide some tips along the way... Read more about Great Beaches, Nightlife, and More - Cancún, Mexico Could Be a Nice Add-On to Your Next Cruise
Yesterday we discussed information that was revealed around how changes to the United States' Cuba policies may affect travelers and today things are becoming a bit more clear. Continue reading to find out how you'll be able to travel to Cuba, if you'll be able to bring back cigars, rum, and other items, and whether diplomatic relations will continue... Read more about US to Update Cuba Policy: Cruises Still On, Roll Back "People to People" Trips to Cuba, Organized Tours May Become Requisite
Update: Additional details have been released and you can read about them here.
Recently the US restored many relations with Cuba, allowing, among many other things, American cruise lines to sail to the island nation with American passengers. Rumors have swirled recently however about possible changes to United States' Cuba policies with regard to travel, remittances, imports, and more. While no official policy changes have been made, some information about the intended changes has come to light... Read more about Information on US Revised Cuba Policy Comes to Light - Carnival Claims Cruising to Cuba Will Not Stop
Whether traveling by land or sea, paying for things can be a bit different in different countries. Years ago, you simply changed currency at the purser’s desk on your cruise ship, but this is rarely done anymore. Technologies and customs can make the simple process of paying for a meal, cab ride, or souvenir a bit confusing, but we’ve got some tips to keep things simple and more importantly, save you some time or even money... Read more about Paying For Things In Other Countries - Changing Currency and Using Credit Cards
In an industry-first move, Carnival Cruise Lines has launched a program which allows guests to pay for their cruise in three monthly installments. Traditionally, guests have had to make a deposit and then pay the balance before final payment day. This new program allows guests to not only spread out these payments, but do so automatically so they can both budget easily and avoid a missed opportunity to sail because of forgotten payments. Here's how it works... Read more about Carnival EasyPay Is a Simple Payment Plan for Your Next Cruise
MSC Cruises, a Swiss-based Italian line, and the largest privately owned cruise line in the world, had several big pieces of news this week. From details of their 200,000 gross ton "World" class of ships, to Cirque du Soleil on Meraviglia, to taking delivery of their latest ship, there is a lot to unpack. Take a look at details on the innovative design, new technology, and exciting entertainment options...
To keep things from getting confusing, it should be noted that the name of this class of ships is "World", so when I say World Class I mean "World" class, not the world-class. Not confusing at all, right? Read more about MSC Announces Details of 7,000 Passenger LNG-Powered "World" Class Ships, Cirque du Soleil at Sea, & More.