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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

Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Embarkation Day

Nieuw Statendam at Terminal 26 in Port Everglades

Today we boarded Nieuw Statendam, a new Pinnacle Class ship from Holland America Line (HAL).  Our seven-night sailing will take us to Half Moon Cay, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.  Usually I start with separate post explaining out upcoming cruise, why we chose it, etc, but since I’m starting right off on embarkation day, I’ll share a tiny bit of that information before jumping into our day... Read more about Holland America Line Nieuw Statendam Live Blog – Embarkation Day

Carnival Conquest - A Unique Touch of French Impressionism in the Caribbean - Photo & Video Tour

Carnival Conquest

Recently we had a chance to tour Carnival Conquest in Port Everglades and were rather surprised to experience a ship that is very different than any other we've been on.  We'll share some of what stood out on Carnival Conquest, along with a number of pictures and video so you can get a feel for the ship's unique look.  At the end we'll offer up our take and even talk about who we think might really appreciate Carnival Conquest... Read more about Carnival Conquest - A Unique Touch of French Impressionism in the Caribbean - Photo & Video Tour

Virgin Voyages to Building it's 'Sonic Identity', Feature Record Shop, Private Karaoke Lounge, and Curated Musical Performances on First Ship

Voyage Vinyl record shop on Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages has been teasing out the many things that will set them apart from traditional cruise lines and their latest announcement is no different (though it's not quite tattoo parlor on a ship different).  Today they've announced that their first ship, Scarlet Lady, will feature an onboard record shop called Virgin Vinyl, a private gaming and karaoke lounge called The Groupie, and curated music and performances by up-and-comers as well as industry trendsetters. Read more about Virgin Voyages to Building it's 'Sonic Identity', Feature Record Shop, Private Karaoke Lounge, and Curated Musical Performances on First Ship