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Carnival Mardi Gras - Our Sneak Peak at Carnival's Newest, Most Innovative Ship

Carnival Mardi Gras is the line’s newest ship, and a new class of ship from the largest cruise line in the world.  In addition, she’s the largest ship in the fleet, the first ship with a roller coaster, is powered by LNG, and has more dining options than any Carnival vessel.  We were fortunate enough to be among the very first to experience just some of what Mardi Gras has to offer.  Did Carnival meet our expectations of something truly different? read more

Billy's Cruise Takes e2 - 08/24/21: Carnival’s Return, Alaska, Mixed Vaccines, We're Cruising & More

In this episode of Billy's Cruise Takes we discuss Carnival's return to service, the importance of Alaska sailings resuming, mixed vaccines, the state of the Conditional Sail Order, and a new cruise that we just booked

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Royal Caribbean First to Bring Work to the Majority of Those in Sitka, Alaska - Cruises Restart

Information Sign in Sitka

The last time a large cruise ship was in Alaska was September of 2019 - until now.  That might not matter to some, but if you’re one of the 8,500 residents of Sitka, AK, the return of cruising is the ability to breathe again.  Just like when cruising returned to the Caribbean in early June of 2021, it was Royal Caribbean Group that was first to bring that oxygen to the community, this time in the Last Frontier, with Serenade of the Seas and her 2,143 guests. read more

New Ship, Private Island, Verandah, $179?! MSC Meraviglia

MSC Meraviglia

Want to get away this August?  We stumbled upon a deal that just can't be beat, starting at $179 per person in a verandah!  MSC Meraviglia came out toward the end of 2016 and is visually stunning, and now she's one of the first ships cruising the US with MSC.  We were already considering sailing her soon to try out a different class of ship on MSC (having previously sailed on MSC Seaside), so for us, this deal was just too good to turn down and not share...

Celebrity Edge COVID Rules: Masks, Buffets, Testing & More

Celebrity Edge COVID Rules When Celebrity Edge set sail as the first cruise ship leaving the US with guests in over 15 months, it came after a lot of planning, preparation, and of course certain new rules in place to ensure the safety of guests, crew, and those in the communities the ship visits.  For those looking to sail Celebrity Edge, or any other ship in the near future, we thought it’d be helpful to go over some of the COVID related rules, as well as our experience from being on the first two Celebrity Edge cruises back... read more

Carnival Plans to Deploy More Ships, Entire Fleet Sailing by End of 2021 - Vaccinated Sailings

Carnival Elation in Grand Turk The return to service for cruise lines has just begun, but despite the significant logistics involved, things are starting to move quickly.  One of the largest and best known lines, Carnival Cruise Line, has announced that they'll be brining even more ships back in September and October - with a total of 15 vessels sailing, and plans to have the rest sailing by the end of the year... read more

COVID Means Two Different Cruise Experiences -  Know Which One You're Signing Up For

Cruising is back, and we could all use a vacation. Depending on the cruise you take, and whether you’re fully vaccinated, the available cruise experiences can be very different.  Will you need to wear a mask?  Will you have access to all the spaces and services you expect?  It’s not as easy as we’d like to tell what the restrictions will be on any given cruise, but we’ve got some tips that can help clear things up... read more