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Branson promised different, did Virgin deliver? A First Look at Virgin Voyages' Cruise Ships!

The Dock on the Stern of Virgin Voyages New ShipsVirgin Voyages has teased the world with their intriguing adults-only ships, creative events, and of course, unconventional names (sailors rather than passengers, for example).  What they hadn’t shared however, was what the spaces on their ships might look like…until now.  Let’s dive in to see not only what we can expect to see when they start sailing in 2020, but also, what those spaces mean for cru sailors, including an area that looks like it will excite guests while terrifying Virgin’s risk management team – and maybe cellphone insurers...

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Carnival Expands Cuba Sailings & Adds Variety to Charleston, Other Ports

Carnival Splendor to Sail from Charleston to Havana Cuba

Many cruise lines are offering sailings with stops in Cuba, and now, Carnival Cruise Lines is expanding their offering to include stops in Havana from Charleston and other East Coast homeports.  This represents a significant increase in options, especially for those looking to sail out of Charleston, where options had previously been somewhat limited. Read more about Carnival Expands Cuba Sailings & Adds Variety to Charleston, Other Ports

NCL is Working on a New Technology Platform, "Cruise Freedom™" - the Tech Race in Cruising Steams Ahead

NCL Cruise Freedom

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) recently revealed that they've been working with DeCurtis Corporation to develop a new technology platform known as "Cruise Freedom™" in an effort that they hope, "meaningfully enhances the guest experience from the moment of booking throughout [guests] Norwegian cruise." Read more about NCL is Working on a New Technology Platform, "Cruise Freedom™" - the Tech Race in Cruising Steams Ahead

Visiting Hawaii? State approves ban of certain sunscreens harmful to coral reefs. Only reef-safe sunscreens permitted.

For decades, Hawaii has been a popular destination for cruisers and non-cruisers alike.  Norwegian Cruise Lines even has a ship there all year-round, the Pride of America.  What you soon won't find however are thousands of sunscreens with chemicals known to harm coral reefs.  Joining the ranks of various resorts throughout the world, many parks in Mexico (including XelHa, Xcaret, Chankanaab, and others), and part of the Cayman Islands, Hawaii is taking steps to reduce the negative impact to their ecosystem caused by some sunscreens... Read more about Visiting Hawaii? State approves ban of certain sunscreens harmful to coral reefs. Only reef-safe sunscreens permitted.

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

Comparing Cruise Line Credit Cards

Like department stores, airlines, and even gas stations, some cruise lines have their own credit cards promising perks and savings for cardholders.  We looked at a few of these offers and found there are far better deals to be had if you’re looking to save money and get benefits from using a credit card for travel.  We’ll break down the benefits, the cost, and tricks you might find helpful in using credit card perks to save money on your next cruise... Read more about Comparing Cruise Line Credit Cards

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