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Norwegian Sky Emerges From Three-Week Drydock with New Lounges, Starbucks, Sushi Bar, and More

Spinnaker Lounge on NCL SkyNorwegian's most senior vessel, Norwegian Sky, has come out of an extended dry dock in Freeport with extensive changes and additions to public areas and staterooms.  Sky may not be the biggest or flashiest ship in their fleet, but guest feedback remains positive, and after reading about some of the changes, including a Starbucks, sushi restaurant, revitalized staterooms, and more, she just may make it on to your "need to cruise" list. Read more about Norwegian Sky Emerges From Three-Week Drydock with New Lounges, Starbucks, Sushi Bar, and More

Shipboard Internet Gets Faster & More Affordable on More Ships

Princess MedallionNet - High-Speed Internet at SeaMedallionNet, Princess Cruises' high speed shipboard internet/WiFi service, part of the Ocean Medallion program is itself picking up steam.  While available only on Regal Princess just months ago, the service, allowing guests fast and affordable internet access, as well as a number of guest experience enhancements, is now available on four Princess ships, and will soon be available on a total of ten ships - nine of them before the end of 2019... Read more about Shipboard Internet Gets Faster & More Affordable on More Ships

A 'Fare' Price - Cruise Pricing & Promotions Explained - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 15

Cruise Pricing and Promotions ExplainedCruise pricing can require a lit bit of explanation, but sales and promotions can be even more confusing.  Some promotions aren't combinable, sales can take percentages off rates that aren't easily found, and different packages offer different levels of value depending on what you're looking for.  Whether you're hunting for the best deal, or just trying to understand how much a cruise will cost you, we'll try and make it a bit easier to understand.

 

Virgin Voyages - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 14

Eden on Celebrity EdgeOver the past couple years we've had the opportunity to watch a new cruise line emerge.  With details of Virgin Voyages trickling out at a pace that leaves us constantly wanting more, we thought we'd take this episode to share what we know so far about Sir Richard Branson's first dive into cruising.  We talk about who is behind the line, what the ship will be like, the things that make Virgin Voyages so different - and even tattoos.  Check out the links below for photos, renderings and more information. 

 

First Glimpse of Virgin Voyages Prices

Today Virgin Voyages allowed previously deposited guests to start booking passage on Scarlet Lady, the lines first ship.  As we've anticipated, the experiences Virgin has been promising look to come at a premium set of prices, though it's important to consider what is included.  Interestingly, there are still some big unknowns, including stops on itineraries marked, "Secret Location"... Read more about First Glimpse of Virgin Voyages Prices

Carnival Mardi Gras - Carnival Enters the Big Ship Games

Carnival Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line has for many years been the most popular cruise line around, carrying millions of passengers and promising a fun experience and celebratory atmosphere - “the fun ship”.  In recent weeks however, the line has revealed a number of details about what will be their largest ship to date, and it shows the line is looking to compete in new ways. Let’s dig into the ship’s details, some photos, discuss what makes it unique, and even talk history before getting Billy’s take... Read more about Carnival Mardi Gras - Carnival Enters the Big Ship Games

How much for a pint? Cruise Line Drink Prices Compared

How much is beer on a cruise ship?

Wondering how much to budget for the bar on your next cruise?  Prices for beer, wine, and spirits vary wildly, but we put together some data to make comparing alcohol prices at sea a bit easier.  Keep in mind, cruise lines adjust pricing frequently. The same drink on the same cruise line can be priced differently between ships or even different sailings on the same ship.  Some of the price differences may surprise you... Read more about How much for a pint? Cruise Line Drink Prices Compared

Virgin Voyages Reveals Clever Cabins and RockStar Suites on Scarlet Lady

Gorgeous Suite on Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages, the “adult-by-design” cruise line slated to launch their first ship, the Scarlet Lady, in 2020 has spent the last two and half years teasing followers with enticing details around the experience sailors can expect on their unique line. While the Virgin Voyages team revealed some public spaces, only recently did they give us an idea of what we can expect inside the uniquely designed cabins and “RockStar Suites.” Want a “Peek-a-View” outdoor shower... Read more about Virgin Voyages Reveals Clever Cabins and RockStar Suites on Scarlet Lady

Embarkation Day - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 13

Eden on Celebrity EdgeOne thing every great vacation has in common is a beginning. On a cruise, that's called Embarkation Day. From when to show up at the terminal, to where to find food, but avoid crowds when everyone else is heading to the buffet, we're covering everything you need to know about your first day onboard.

 

We're Sailing Celebrity Edge for Seven Nights in the Eastern Caribbean

Celebrity Edge Pool Deck

Frequent visitors to the site and listeners to the CruiseHabit Podcast probably noticed that had a lot to say about Celebrity Edge when we sailed on her for a three night preview voyage in early December of 2018.  This Sunday, January 13, 2019 we're back on board, and this time we're spending a full seven nights taking in everything that this unique ship has to offer. Briefly, we'll review our plans for our second Celebrity Edge cruise... Read more about We're Sailing Celebrity Edge for Seven Nights in the Eastern Caribbean