Virgin Cruises, started by business magnate and philanthropist Richard Branson, promised today in Miami to deliver "innovation and experiences" and that the company will now be known as Virgin Voyages, having placed an order with Fincantieri for three new vessels.
Traditionally, the beautiful and peaceful ports in Alaska have been served by ships smaller than those which frequent the Caribbean, but Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed plans to change that in 2018 with the new 167,800 gross ton Norwegian Bliss, and an overhaul to Pier 66 in Seattle.
When a cruise ship is has been sailing in one region, and takes a long trip to start cruising another region, this journey is often billed as a "repositioning cruise." They allow guests to spend a lot of time on the ship, usually at a far lower nightly cost than other sailings. Let's look at where they go and why they're often so long... Read more about What are repositioning cruises?
I get a lot of questions about taking a first cruise, so this time I wanted to turn the conversation back around a bit - people other than me have great cruise tips too. A week or so ago I reached out on social media and asked Reddit users on r/cruise the following question:
What do you wish you knew before you took your first cruise? Read more about First Time Cruiser Series - We asked cruisers what they wish they'd known when they first started cruising.
Samsung's challenges with the Galaxy Note 7 are well known by now, and the effects of this issue are now being felt on the high-seas. The flagship device was recalled after a number of units spontaneously caught fire (contrary to the misuse of the word, they're not exploding). Many cruise lines now aren't allowing passengers to power on their devices while on board, and things may not be getting much better.
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 about What happens if I book a cruise and then the price goes down?
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 about Who To Tip On Your Cruise, and How Much