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Is it worth it to get a balcony on a cruise?

Our balcony on Independence of the Seas

For some, it's easy to decide on what stateroom to book, but for others it's a tough decision every time.  This leads to one of the most common questions we get "is getting a balcony worth it?"  It's always nice having your own private space from which to enjoy the views on your cruise, but that comes at a price - which means there are decisions to make.  There is no simple answer to the question, but we'll explain what considerations you should make when deciding whether to get a room with a view... Read more about Is it worth it to get a balcony on a cruise?

Celebrity Edge Floated Out Despite Foul Weather (updated with video!)

Celebrity Edge, STX Shipyard, Saint Nazaire, France

Today at the STX Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the Celebrity Edge came one step closer to entering service as she was floated out of her mounting dock, getting her first taste of the sea.  The careful maneuver required seven tugboats to safely position the 1,004 foot (306 meter) vessel to the Saint Nazaire Joubert Dock where her construction will continue ahead of schedule... Read more about Celebrity Edge Floated Out Despite Foul Weather (updated with video!)

Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Celebrity Edge's pool deck, Magic Carpet to the rightCelebrity Cruises recently announced that the much-anticipated Celebrity Edge is ahead of schedule and will begin sailing earlier than expected.  While this is generally great news, there are some who may be less than thrilled, and this made us stop and wonder - what is a "maiden voyage?" Read more about Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Getting to and from Your Cruise - Cruise Line Transfers

We’ve discussed before hotel park and cruise shuttles and how they’re not always the deal they seem.  We’ve also written about how we recommend getting around before and after your cruise out of South Florida.  Today however, at Fort Lauderdale International Airport we met a few travelers from New Jersey who just got off a Carnival cruise and were heading home.  They opted to get to the airport using a transfer purchased from Carnival, so we thought we’d share their experience and our thoughts... Read more about Getting to and from Your Cruise - Cruise Line Transfers

Norwegian Epic Live Blog Day 7 - The big question: Did Ric make it to Great Stirrup Cay?

On the final day of the cruise, I got up pretty early thinking I might go over to Great Stirrup Cay. I made my way down to Taste for my last chance at some table service breakfast. Although breakfast is served at Taste on disembarkation day, I thought I would most likely just make a quick buffet trip. The huevos rancheros SP had enjoyed so much on our previous cruise on the Norwegian Escape were back on the menu. I ordered what became my standard breakfast... Read more about Norwegian Epic Live Blog Day 7 - The big question: Did Ric make it to Great Stirrup Cay?

Norwegian Epic Live Blog Day 6 - Sea Day With a Glow Party

For lunch, which was pretty much the start of my day after being out until 3am the night before, I went up to the Garden Cafe committed to find some vegetables. I was happy to see several vegetable dishes including some dumplings made of diced vegetables, peas, and corn held together by a batter, fried, then covered in barbecue sauce. I tried the no sugar added pumpkin pie... Read more about Norwegian Epic Live Blog Day 6 - Sea Day With a Glow Party

Norwegian Epic Live Blog Day 5 - Sea Day Off the Shore of Grand Cayman

Realistic as it may seem, this is me in a wig

I had intended to get off the ship and walk around Georgetown, Grand Cayman a little, but instead, I stayed on the ship. I have some onboard credit to spend, so I figured no matter how cheap the liquor is in Grand Cayman, I could get some on the ship for “free.” Tomorrow is a sea day, so I’ll get to walk around the shops and see what else I might like to buy...  Read more about Norwegian Epic Live Blog Day 5 - Sea Day Off the Shore of Grand Cayman