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I Toured Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady: Here's What I'll Be Looking For When I Cruise on Her

After waiting years for our first glimpse, in late September we got to spend an evening on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady.  Seeing any new ship is exciting, but in this case, it’s the first ship for a brand new cruise line, which isn’t an opportunity that comes around very often.  Making it especially unique is that Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages promises to be different: a cruise line for, among others, people who don’t think they’d like to cruise... read more

Some Mixed Vaccines Now Acceptable - An Update on Cruising Vaccine Requirements

If you want to board a cruise in the US right now, and you’re over 12, you’ve got to be vaccinated.  What exactly does it mean, though, to “be vaccinated”?  It turns out, the definition varies, and it kept some would-be-cruisers from setting sail, especially Canadians.  That is, until now.  Because so many things have changed recently, it's easy to get confused, so let's review vaccine requirements for cruisers... read more

Bringing Prescription Medicines on Cruise Ships

When you pack for any trip, it’s important to keep in mind the things that are absolute musts, and at the top of that list should be any prescription medications that you need.  Cruising, however, usually involves leaving the country, and countries may have differing rules about prescription medications, especially, though not exclusively, controlled substances.  How you should pack your medications, what you should consider before you travel, and medical decisions you make abroad are all important parts of your trip-planning... read more