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Using Two-Way Radios to Keep in Touch on Cruise Ships

Keeping in touch with friends or family on a cruise is easy if you're going to be purchasing an onboard WiFi package, but often guests look to handheld radios or "walkie-talkies" for a cheaper way to coordinate happenings on ever-larger ships with countless distracting events.  This can certainly be an effective option for some, but you'll want to keep reading to learn about features, options, reasonable expectations, and a few "gotchas" before relying on two-way radios on your cruise.  Warning, I'm an amateur radio operator, used to work in radio communications, and a bit of a nerd - but I'll try to keep things simple. Read more about Using Two-Way Radios to Keep in Touch on Cruise Ships

A Brief History of the Blue Riband - The Fastest Passenger Ships to Sail the Atlantic

Today, cruising evokes images of leisurely tropical destinations or exploration of historical sites on another continent.  Not long ago however, traveling by passenger ship was transportation, and speed mattered.  The need to quickly cross the Atlantic, combined with a geo-political climate (including two world wars) that promoted national pride, lead to government and industry joining hands in the quest for a symbolic award: The Blue Riband... Read more about A Brief History of the Blue Riband - The Fastest Passenger Ships to Sail the Atlantic

Save money by bringing these eight things on your next cruise.

Bringing extras with you on any trip can mean baggage fees and other inconveniences, and we're often struggling to pack less - not more.  There are, however, some items you can bring along which could save you money.  In many cases they're even things you already have at home... Read more about Save money by bringing these eight things on your next cruise.

Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.

When you think of cruising most people think about leaving from South Florida, Seattle, or perhaps a large city in Europe.  There are many other ports out of which you can cruise, and recently Carnival announced they’re greatly increasing their capacity at some of them.  We look at why this is important, and what we think it might say about the popularity of cruising as well as the economy... Read more about Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.

Same-Sex Couple Ties the Knot at Sea in Historic Ceremony on Celebrity Ship

Today the Celebrity Equinox was host to a historic event, as Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became among the first same-sex couples to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line.  An intimate ceremony was officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas and the couple exchanged vows against the rose wall in Blu Restaurant, a specialty dining venue on Equinox. Read more about Same-Sex Couple Ties the Knot at Sea in Historic Ceremony on Celebrity Ship

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!)