Celebrity Edge is the first in a new class of ship, and in less than a month, we'll be among the first to sail her. We talk about some of what makes her so different as Celebrity tries to redefine the cruise experience, and we discuss how we plan to see and do as much as possible on our December 6th three-night sailing.
Virgin Voyages has announced more details about their first ship, Scarlet Lady, and this time, it’s all about dining. Guests, err, “sailors” on the adults-only line will have over 20 choices when it comes to picking a place to eat, and there’s something you probably won’t guess about many of these spots. Like some lite-luxury and luxury lines, Virgin Voyages has opted to forgo the practice of specialty dining venues coming at an up-charge, and instead, will be including all dining within the cruise fare. That means all the interesting things we discuss below are included in your cruise fare... Read more about Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady to Deliver Distinctly Non-Cruise Dining. Drag Brunch & Food Hall? Yes. Buffet & Dining Room? Nope.
Most cruise lines have programs that reward guests for their loyalty. The perks are as wide-ranging as cruise experiences, and different lines let you climb the ranks of these programs in different ways. What are some of the more remarkable benefits? How do we value these programs? We look at the various programs and help you understand how to take advantage of what is being offered.
It’s not just the newest ships at sea that glimmer and host a great time but keeping the entire fleet fresh is the goal of every cruise line. Often lines will spruce up entire classes of ships, adding the latest features and venues. Carnival however has announced a drydock that represents the final phase of a $2 billion eight-year project, and this phase involves a real transformation. Let’s look at some of the new features and venues still to come, how this all relates to pizza, and then get Billy’s take on how this positions Carnival compared to their competitors... Read more about Carnival Nears Completion of $2B Fleet Enhancement, Changes Ship Names, Marries Pizza & Tech
What do you enjoy while cruising? Sipping a fruity drink, exploring new places, getting a tattoo? The latter will soon be possible when Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady sets sail… Read more about Virgin Voyages Gives Sailors (Cruisers) Another Way to Remember Their Sailing - With Tattoos at Sea!
The cruise experience is inextricably tied to dining, but what is specialty dining? This concept may not be as new as you think, so we dive into what exactly specialty dining is, where it started, and we look at the types of experiences available now, plus some in the near future.
Some Royal Caribbean ships feature PADI dive shops. On those ships, the cruise line gives passengers the opportunity to see if scuba diving is for them under the watch of a certified diving instructor. On my Mariner of the Seas cruise, I tried my hand (and lungs) at scuba... Read more about Activity Spotlight: Try Dive