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We aren't always the first to cruise news, and we don't strive to cover every story.  Our effort is however to bring you objective information along with our take on why the story is important (or not).

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

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

Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.

When you think of cruising most people think about leaving from South Florida, Seattle, or perhaps a large city in Europe.  There are many other ports out of which you can cruise, and recently Carnival announced they’re greatly increasing their capacity at some of them.  We look at why this is important, and what we think it might say about the popularity of cruising as well as the economy... Read more about Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.

Same-Sex Couple Ties the Knot at Sea in Historic Ceremony on Celebrity Ship

Today the Celebrity Equinox was host to a historic event, as Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became among the first same-sex couples to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line.  An intimate ceremony was officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas and the couple exchanged vows against the rose wall in Blu Restaurant, a specialty dining venue on Equinox. Read more about Same-Sex Couple Ties the Knot at Sea in Historic Ceremony on Celebrity Ship

Celebrity Edge Floated Out Despite Foul Weather (updated with video!)

Celebrity Edge, STX Shipyard, Saint Nazaire, France

Today at the STX Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the Celebrity Edge came one step closer to entering service as she was floated out of her mounting dock, getting her first taste of the sea.  The careful maneuver required seven tugboats to safely position the 1,004 foot (306 meter) vessel to the Saint Nazaire Joubert Dock where her construction will continue ahead of schedule... Read more about Celebrity Edge Floated Out Despite Foul Weather (updated with video!)

Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Celebrity Edge's pool deck, Magic Carpet to the rightCelebrity Cruises recently announced that the much-anticipated Celebrity Edge is ahead of schedule and will begin sailing earlier than expected.  While this is generally great news, there are some who may be less than thrilled, and this made us stop and wonder - what is a "maiden voyage?" Read more about Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?