As many of us start to see the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”, when it comes to cruising from the US, the situation remains quite dark. It’s not because of what the CDC or any government agency is doing, but what they’re not doing. The Conditional Sail Order is stalled, the CDC doesn’t know what to do next, and you can help. read more
Today Celebrity Cruises announced that starting in June they'll be offering seven night Caribbean cruises from St Maarten. Sister company Royal Caribbean also announced they'll be sailing from Nassau - the first resumption of Caribbean cruising by big cruise lines, a major step forward for the industry, and a fantastic opportunity for guests to enjoy what are truly wonderful itineraries... read more
There is no denying that Disney is one of the greatest entertainment enterprises around. They have theme parks, films, cruise ships, and more. In 2022, those who love to cruise and want to get their fix of Marvel or Star Wars at sea have some exciting new options... read more
There’s a new mayor in Miami-Dade County, home to PortMiami, and she wants to shut cruise ships down…but in a good way.
In most ports, when ships arrive, they keep at least one of their engines running to power onboard infrastructure, from lights and computers, to plumbing systems and cooking equipment. This practice leads to excess air-pollution, and with pre-pandemic PortMiami playing host to eight cruise ships several days a week, it adds up... read more
In 1886, President Grover Cleveland signed into law the Passenger Vessel Services Act, or PVSA, and nearly 150 years later it continues to impact which itineraries you can take on a cruise vacation. We'll look at why this law exists, and how it impacts the cruise industry.... read more
Hopefully cruising will resume in the coming months, right around what should be the Alaska cruise season. Unfortunately, even if cruising returns soon, the Mendenhall Glacier, quaint buildings of Ketchikan's Creek Street, and Juneau's Mt Roberts might not be on your itinerary. Canadian and US laws and even CDC restrictions are putting the Alaska cruise season in jeopardy, but there are six things that might save it. read more
As we eagerly await a safe return to cruising out of North America, the world’s largest cruise company, Carnival Corporation, recently published new policies that give us a clearer picture of what cruising will be like. Only a few days later however, they pulled these policies from their website. We’ve reviewed the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures the company posted (removed as of early Feb 7 2020), which should give us some idea of what to expect on all of their lines, including Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, and others. Below we’ve called out some of the highlights, and summarized what this means for your cruise experience...
Princess Cruises' Ocean Medallion program allows for a range of high-tech enhancements to the guest experience, including contactless payments, high-speed internet, easy entry, and now even sports betting at sea. Of course those who like to put their money where their jersey is will enjoy this new option, but we think there is also good reason for those who don't partake to be happy about the news.... read more
As cruise lines stay nimble and plan for a return to cruising from North America, Celebrity has made significant changes and announcements over the past months - including a shift to all sailings including tips, drinks, and WiFi (Always Included). On a call with travel agents this week, the line announced some details around capacity, vaccines, inaugural voyages, and new itineraries... read more
No matter the cruise line or itinerary, cruising offers a wide variety of things you can do while on vacation. There are however some things you cannot do on a cruise. While some of the things on our list are rules related to safety or laws, other are a matter of practicality. We'll go over eight things you can't do on a cruise, and include some exceptions... read more