I've been cruising since I was a small child, and I'm not sure if I experienced a single cruise where I didn't return to my stateroom at some point to find a towel folded into the shape of some animal. It might be a monkey hanging from the ceiling, or a swan sitting on the bed - but on my next NCL cruise it may take a new shape: that of a folded towel... Read more about NCL is Thinning Out the Towel Animal Population - Plus, Billy's Unpopular Opinion
Updated: On Jan 6, 2019 Carnival announced they are suspending and re-evaluating room service charges.
Today, Carnival Cruise Line's Brand Ambassador, John Heald announced on Facebook that Carnival will now be charging for room service and will also be increasing the price of the Bottomless Bubbles (soda) package. That is not however what I’m writing to talk about on New Years Eve (it would make for a short article). Instead, I want to channel my inner John Heald and tell you how I really feel... Read more about Carnival Charges for Room Services, Increases Soda Package Costs - Why It's No Big Deal
Over the years cruise ships have become bigger and bigger - bringing attention and fanfare with every superlative. On the news, on social media, and in ads it seems cruise lines are constantly trying to "out-build" each other. While there is no doubt that many consumers are excited about these giant vessels, did you know that they don't represent the majority of new ships? Let's talk about why mega-ships are so popular, and what the average new cruise ship size actually is. Read more about New cruise ships are huge - except when they're not.
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
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.
Today, Celebrity Cruises announced that their captains are now able to perform same-sex marriages at sea. This is great news - but why isn't everyone doing it? It has to do with flags...sort of. Let's learn a little but about about today's announcement and dig into why we don't see it happening across all cruise lines... Read more about Celebrity Now Offering Legal Same-Sex Marriages at Sea - Why aren't all lines?
It’s easy to long for the way things used to be, but equally easy to miss great advancements in front of you while looking behind you. More dining options, larger cabins, cashless cruising, and more. We may not think about these every day, but you’d quickly long for them if you stepped (or sailed) back in time.
I was somewhat “born into cruising”, my experience coming about in the way that someone whose parents have a cabin in the mountains will always head to the hills to relax and reflect – but my relaxation had a midnight buffet and a muster drill. I’m fortunate, and this fortune has offered me a long-term view of cruising that few are lucky enough to have.
I’m sitting now in the serine solarium aboard the Harmony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. This ship is similar to some of the earliest ships I sailed, in that it floats, and the people in charge are known as “officers”. A lot has changed... Read more about The "Good Old Days" of Cruising Were Nice, but Today's Cruising Is Even Better