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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

Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Day 6, Cozumel Mexico

Paradise Beach - Cozumel, Mexico

So often when traveling, I go out of my way to avoid the touristy spots – especially when it’s a place I’ve been to many times.  Today however was a nice reminder for us that often, the touristy spots are popular because they have something nice to offer.  We enjoyed some beach time, good conversation, ran errands, and a great performance once back on the ship, on our second from last day on Holland America Line’s Niuew Statendam... Read more about Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Day 6, Cozumel Mexico

Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Day 5, Grand Cayman/Sea Day

View From The Sky Bar area Above Nieuw Statendam's Midship Pool

I often find on a seven-night cruise that there ends up being one day where I do almost nothing.  Sometimes this is planned, sometimes it happens by accident.  Today we got a late start, learned of two itinerary changes, took it very easy, but ultimately had a lovely day.  Read more about Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Day 5, Grand Cayman/Sea Day

Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Day 4, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Rafting Down the Martha Brae

Ocho Rios is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jamaica, the third largest island in the Caribbean.  We spent the day enjoying the peaceful scenery from a raft while learning about the island Nation, on this, our fourth day on Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam... Read more about Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Day 4, Ocho Rios, Jamaica