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Seven Things You Should Know About Travel Insurance - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 18

Seven Things You Should Know About Travel InsuranceUsually when we think of planning for a cruise, the thoughts are about fun, relaxation, and getting away from it all. Things happen though, and travel insurance can help take the sting out of unfortunate circumstance - but only if you understand it, and buy the right type of policy for your needs.  We've discussed trip insurance before at CruiseHabit.com, but with hurricane season just beginning, we thoughts we'd cover the seven things you should know about travel insurance.

 

Virgin Voyages Appoints First Female Canadian Captain, Replaces Cuba Calls, and Reveals Seven-Night Itineraries to Puerto Rico

Captain Wendy Williams, Master, Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

Today in Toronto, Virgin Voyages announced the historic appointment of Captain Wendy Williams, and revealed new itineraries for the 2020 inaugural cruise season, replacing previously scheduled calls to Cuba. Included in their reveal were some newly announced seven night sailings... Read more about Virgin Voyages Appoints First Female Canadian Captain, Replaces Cuba Calls, and Reveals Seven-Night Itineraries to Puerto Rico

Celebrity Equinox: Revolutionized - First Solstice Class Ship Transformed

Celebrity Equinox Showing Off Her New Livery

Last week we watched live as Celebrity Equinox sailed out of Port Everglades with her new livery, but there is much more to see than just a new hull color.  Equinox is the first Solstice class ship to complete Celebrity Revolution, the line's $500 million fleet revitalization project.  She's got new venues, decor, entertainment, technology, and much more - which we'll be sharing in person soon! Read more about Celebrity Equinox: Revolutionized - First Solstice Class Ship Transformed

Changes to US Regulations on Cuba Travel Impact Cruising - What We Know So Far *With Updates*

Cruising to Cuba?On June 4 2019, the US released details of changes to various regulations that look to impact cruises to Cuba from the United States, and how US citizens can travel to the island nation in general.  While we prefer to wait to share information until things are more clear, we've received many questions about this and will share what we know, when we know it... Read more about Changes to US Regulations on Cuba Travel Impact Cruising - What We Know So Far *With Updates*

Carnival's Brand Ambassador Pens Open Letter to Guests About Recent Changes & Environmental Efforts

Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald's Letter on Recent ChangesCarnival is a force to be reckoned with in the cruise industry, with many passionate fans.  Like any brand with a loyal following, changes can cause waves - sometimes because people don't like the changes, other times because people fear what else is changing next.  Today, Carnival Cruises' Senior Cruise Director and Brand Ambassador John Heald published a letter about a number of recent changes, explaining the importance the company places on the environment.  The full letter... Read more about Carnival's Brand Ambassador Pens Open Letter to Guests About Recent Changes & Environmental Efforts

Cruising During Hurricane Season

sat imagery of a hurricane approaching FLFrequently 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

One Cruise Line is Working Hard to Get the Attention of... South Dakotans?

A Letter to South Dakota - From a Cruise LineA new cruise line has been taking bookings from across the United States, but can't seem to convince people in one particular state to book: South Dakota.  Folks in South Dakota seem to have the time to vacation, as the average full-time employee in South Dakota uses only 26% of their vacation days to travel. In fact, about 73% of South Dakotans have left over days each year!  That's why this line has a special deal (and message) just for The Mount Rushmore State... Read more about One Cruise Line is Working Hard to Get the Attention of... South Dakotans?

What Is Cold Ironing and What Is Germany Doing to Get Ships to Do More of It?

Cold Ironing Diagram - Courtesy abb.com

As cruise lines and other parts of the tourism industry continue to take steps to be better environmental stewards, one of the simplest things that ships and ports can do is to connect to shore side power while in port - and now Germany is making that an even easier decision for cruise lines and shipping companies... Read more about What Is Cold Ironing and What Is Germany Doing to Get Ships to Do More of It?

Juneau, Alaska Excursion - Mount Roberts Hiking Trails & Tramway

The Mount Roberts Tramway Station - as Seen From Oceania Regatta

Alaskan cruises visit many small towns and in general they've no shortage of ways to take in the beautiful scenery.  The largest city you might visit when cruising Alaska is the capital city of Juneau.  While visiting the capital may lead you to look for adventures in the city, beautiful Mount Roberts can be enjoyed in several ways, and is just steps from your ships gangway... Read more about Juneau, Alaska Excursion - Mount Roberts Hiking Trails & Tramway

NCL is Thinning Out the Towel Animal Population - Plus, Billy's Unpopular Opinion

Are towel animals going extinct on cruises?I've been cruising since I was a small child, and I'm not sure if I experienced a single cruise where I didn't return to my stateroom at some point to find a towel folded into the shape of some animal.  It might be a monkey hanging from the ceiling, or a swan sitting on the bed - but on my next NCL cruise it may take a new shape: that of a folded towel... Read more about NCL is Thinning Out the Towel Animal Population - Plus, Billy's Unpopular Opinion