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US to Update Cuba Policy: Cruises Still On, Roll Back "People to People" Trips to Cuba, Organized Tours May Become Requisite

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

Information on US Revised Cuba Policy Comes to Light - Carnival Claims Cruising to Cuba Will Not Stop

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

Paying For Things In Other Countries - Changing Currency and Using Credit Cards

currencyWhether 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

Carnival EasyPay Is a Simple Payment Plan for Your Next Cruise

carnival easypayIn 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 Announces Details of 7,000 Passenger LNG-Powered "World" Class Ships, Cirque du Soleil at Sea, & More.

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.

Cruising During Hurricane Season

sat imagery of a hurricane approaching FLUpdated: August 31, 2017

Frequently we associate cruising with relaxing in beautiful tropical weather.  The fact is however, that tropical weather includes hurricanes and other severe weather systems, and June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.  How do you plan for this if you want to take a cruise during peak hurricane season?  From being flexible about your ports of call, weighing the benefits of travel insurance, and making sure your home is secure, we'll discuss the concerns and walk through how much of a problem this really is... Read more about Cruising During Hurricane Season

How many bags can I bring on my cruise?

Airlines and other carriers restrict the size and weight of bags, have limits on the number of carry-on bags, etc.  What about cruise lines?  There is no shortage of advice about how to pack for a cruise, but how much you can bring onboard?  Let's look at how much of your world you can bag up and bring on a cruise and what cruise line policies say about how lightly you need to travel... Read more about How many bags can I bring on my cruise?