Having a vacation ahead of you is a great feeling. You've chosen your cruise and you're happy with what you're getting for your money, but what happens when the price of your cruise drops after you've already booked? Let's look into what your options are so you can make sure you're getting the best deal possible... read more
Gratuities, service charges, or tips – no matter what you call them it’s hard to know what is appropriate and how to pay – especially on cruises. Cruise lines have long had crew members who work long and hard hours, thousands of miles from family to make your vacation a great one. Many of these hard working, dedicated people are compensated primarily with gratuities. read more
This week Holland America Line (HAL) announced it'd be turning the heat up on it's culinary programming via a new partnership with National Public Radio's (NPR) program, "America's Test Kitchen". The long running television and radio show filmed in Boston, MA has a team that tests and tweaks recipes to perfection, in a more scientific take on traditional cooking shows. They also try out various kitchen gadgets, appliances, and more.
We like to picture ships as most of us experience them - clean, shiny, and new. The fact is however that ships don't last forever. How do cruise ships stay so youthful, and what happens when they get a bit long in the tooth?
Starting October 1st Carnival will debut new Saturday morning original content aimed to educate 13-16 year old viewers on new travel destinations and experiences, while of course keeping cruising in mind.
The 168k gross-ton Norwegian Joy, heading to China in June of 2017, is breaking the mold in a number of ways but showing us that cruising out of Asia is not just moving into the modern era, but perhaps set to outpace the US cruise market in sophistication - just look at Royal Caribbean's decision to move the Quantum of The Seas to China. The Joy's dining options alone are enough for me to take a second look at what NCL has to offer.
Two weeks ago we shared an AmEx offer for Royal Caribbean, and now AmEx is offering $150 back after spending $500 on Celebrity Cruises! If you've got an American Express card just log in and check for offers down at the bottom under, "Travel".
The Pub has moved and on June 5 2021 will be opening in a new location! You can find the address and more details on their Facebook page.
Over the years we've developed some favorite spots in various ports, and Cozumel is no exception. As part of the Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise on Freedom of the Seas we spent today in Cozumel, Mexico and hit up a local drinking hole for the second visit in a row, deciding to add it to the growing list of spots we love in Cozumel.
Missing out on a cruise is hard, but sometimes there are great reasons. Last night, while on Freedom of the Seas, we got to meet the friends of one of our readers, (Connor, @fay78x on Twitter) learn about why he's not onboard, and connect with them all in what has certainly been the most personal experience of our adventure so far.
Drinking ages vary by country, but what are the rules on the high-seas?
Like many things this is not an easy question to answer. While the drinking age in the United States is 21, plain and simple, many guests on cruise lines are from nations with very different laws and customs. What should you expect if traveling from the U.K., or perhaps Brazil?