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Carnival Plans to Deploy More Ships, Entire Fleet Sailing by End of 2021 - Vaccinated Sailings

Carnival Elation in Grand Turk The return to service for cruise lines has just begun, but despite the significant logistics involved, things are starting to move quickly.  One of the largest and best known lines, Carnival Cruise Line, has announced that they'll be brining even more ships back in September and October - with a total of 15 vessels sailing, and plans to have the rest sailing by the end of the year... read more

COVID Means Two Different Cruise Experiences -  Know Which One You're Signing Up For

Cruising is back, and we could all use a vacation. Depending on the cruise you take, and whether you’re fully vaccinated, the available cruise experiences can be very different.  Will you need to wear a mask?  Will you have access to all the spaces and services you expect?  It’s not as easy as we’d like to tell what the restrictions will be on any given cruise, but we’ve got some tips that can help clear things up... read more

The Retreat - Celebrity Cruises' Suite Experience - Video Overview

The Retreat on Celebrity Edge Celebrity Cruises finest accommodations come as part of The Retreat experience, which offers exclusive lounges and dining options, top-notch service, and other perks.  We were recently enjoyed The Retreat on Celebrity Edge, aboard the first cruise to return to service from the US in over 15 months.  In this video we highlight our Sky Suite, and discuss various parts of what makes The Retreat experience much more than just a larger stateroom. read more

NCL Sues Florida to Allow Fully Vaccinated Cruises

FL v NCLH Vaccine Passport Lawsuit Florida is home to the three busiest cruise ports in the world, so a safe return to cruising is in the best interest of the state.  Despite this, and the overwhelming evidence that vaccines play a critical role in a "return to normal", Florida imposes significant fines each time a business requires proof that a patron is vaccinated.  Now, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (parent company to NCL, Regent Seven Seas, and Oceania Cruises), is suing Florida over this so called "vaccine passport ban", and the entire industry will be watching... read more

Returning to Nassau: What's it Like Visiting on the First Cruises in Summer 2021

Returning to Nassau on the first ship back Celebrity Edge Some places are synonymous with Caribbean cruises, and Nassau, Bahamas is one of them, with more than 3.3 million cruisers visiting in 2019 alone.  For 15 months however, that number fell to nearly zero.  While on two of the first cruises to resume from the US, we called on the iconic port city, and we were excited, and a bit nervous, to see how things were going with local businesses... read more

The 1st Cruise from the US Doesn’t Have Restrictions – It Has Planning

Celebrity Edge Docked in Costa Maya, MX on Her 1st Cruise Back from the US

On June 26 Celebrity Edge became the first cruise ship to sail from the US in over 15 months.  We’ve been on board four days now, and as a cruise blogger, I keep getting asked about restrictions.  This makes sense, as myself and every other traveler with a keyboard has been trying to predict the future for a year – and we were all wrong... read more

June 26: First Cruise Ship to Leave from US, Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Edge will make history on Saturday June 26th, 2021 as she's the first ship to cruise from the US since the start of the pandemic.  While another Celebrity ship, Celebrity Millennium, has been sailing from St Maarten for several weeks (check out our live blog from the first sailing), tomorrow represents a massive step forward in a return toward normal and the recovery of the cruise industry.

We're going to be onboard this sailing, so after the details below, check out how you can follow along and get your questions answered! read more

Do These Things Before Booking Your Next Cruise

Whether you spent a lot of time researching your first cruise before booking, or figured it out as you went along, planning can be important for any trip.  So, after your first cruise, or even your 40th cruise, it’s good to take a look back and ask yourself and your traveling companions about your most recent cruise experiences so that you can make your next trip even better.  Cruising isn’t one thing, so finding the right cruise experience for you is important... read more