If you participate in our interactive broadcasts you may have seen us in Peppers of Key West back in May. We were visiting on our Cuba cruise and had a great time with our friends and the staff as we tried some of the hottest sauces around. It was a fun broadcast to watch, so we've included it later in this post. Why are we bringing this up now? As you're probably aware, the Florida Keys, like several places, were dealt a devastating blow by Hurricane Irma, and Peppers of Key West, a great local business, is donating 25% of all sales through September 30th to local charities helping those in the Keys most impacted by the storm... read more
Carnival Corporation & PLC announced today that they’ve signed a memorandum of agreement with Fincantieri shipyard to bring a new vessel to Cunard Line. The yet unnamed vessel will be the largest in the Cunard fleet with an expected delivery date in 2022. While the new ship will be the 249th to fly the Cunard flag in Cunard’s 178 year history, she will only be the fourth ship in the current fleet, alongside Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Mary 2... read more
Advice for your next cruise can come from many places - even a first timer who hasn't yet embarked can discover information that can help guide us. Experience does count for quite a bit though, and few have more experience cruising than cruise ship captains. What are their favorite European ports? What tips do they have to share with other travelers? read more
We've been fielding a ton of questions about cancellations and changes relating to Hurricane Irma.
Safety is paramount, but that doesn't mean that you're not wondering your vacation's fate if you're booking in the coming days. First head over to the Hurricane Status Board where we're trying to keep track of changes. There we've also got a link to our article explaining how cruise lines safely hand hurricane season. If you still have questions, feel free to reach out on Twitter or Facebook, and stay safe.
Great memories are made on cruises. Whether a family get-together, a honeymoon, or just a trip with friends – we all like to have photos to help preserve these memories, and most of us carry a camera around all the time (in our phones of course). Does that leave a place for shipboard photographers or are they just an interruption at dinner and embarkation? Let’s dig into the pros and cons of this offering and learn a bit more about it… read more
Most weekends we do a live interactive broadcast from just outside of Port Everglades at Dr V D Mizel - Eula Johnson State Park. Occasionally however we head South to see some different ships and different scenery. If you want to watch ships as they leave PortMiami, it's not hard to get to South Pointe Park in South Beach, but watch the below video so know know exactly where to go and avoid what is sometimes a stressful parking situation... read more
Planning a cruise can be fun, but the ultimate goal is to sail, relax, and enjoy. Because part of your cruise planning will require some documentation, let's look at what you need to do in order to ensure you're able to sail if the name on your passport, birth certificate, or other documents does not match the name on your reservation... read more
This week Norwegian Cruise Lines unveiled more details about their upcoming 16th ship, the Norwegian Bliss. The Breakaway Plus class vessel will feature several superlatives, including the largest competitive racetrack at sea and open-air laser tag. Let’s dive into some of the new and unique features that will be gracing the seas around Alaska and the Caribbean, and as always, wrap it up with our take… read more
Celebrity Cruise lines announced this week that Captain Nathaly Albán will command the exclusive Celebrity Xploration through the archipelago of the Galapagos. This marks the first time in cruise history that a woman will navigate the region as captain and continues the history-making promotion of qualified women to senior officer roles in the cruise industry, including appointments by lines such as Cunard and sister-company Royal Caribbean International... read more
We all want lower cruise fares, but getting charged for odds and ends may not be very relaxing either, so some guests prefer cruising where everything they want to do or purchase is included. While all inclusive cruises are nothing new, there are more options than ever, and ways of packaging certain amenities for a flat cost, or even bundling some things in with your cruise fare on lines that aren't typically thought of as all inclusive. Let's look at what it means to be an all inclusive cruise, what some cruise lines offer, and how to budget your next cruise including things you'd otherwise pay a la carte. read more