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We aren't always the first to cruise news, and we don't strive to cover every story.  Our effort is however to bring you objective information along with our take on why the story is important (or not).

Virgin Voyages Reveals Clever Cabins and RockStar Suites on Scarlet Lady

Gorgeous Suite on Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages, the “adult-by-design” cruise line slated to launch their first ship, the Scarlet Lady, in 2020 has spent the last two and half years teasing followers with enticing details around the experience sailors can expect on their unique line. While the Virgin Voyages team revealed some public spaces, only recently did they give us an idea of what we can expect inside the uniquely designed cabins and “RockStar Suites.” Want a “Peek-a-View” outdoor shower... Read more about Virgin Voyages Reveals Clever Cabins and RockStar Suites on Scarlet Lady

Oceania Cruises Orders Two Allura-Class Ships - Will Offer More Space for Guests

Early Rendering - Inside Oceania Allura Class Ship
Early Rendering - Inside Oceania Allura Class Ship

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, parent company of Oceania Cruises, announced this week that they've contracted Fincantieri ship yards to build two new Allura-class ships at a costs of $658USD million each, roughly 30% greater than the cost of the fleet's newest operating ships, Marina and Riviera. Read more about Oceania Cruises Orders Two Allura-Class Ships - Will Offer More Space for Guests

Carnival Charges for Room Services, Increases Soda Package Costs - Why It's No Big Deal

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

Virgin Voyages to Build New Terminal in PortMiami, Booking to Start in Early 2019

Virgin Voyages PortMiami Terminal against the Miami Skyline

This week in Miami Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages President and CEO Tom McAlpin joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Economic Development and Tourism Committee Rebeca Sosa and other government officials to announce plans to build a new cruise terminal for Virgin Voyages.  Branson also announced that bookings would open... Read more about Virgin Voyages to Build New Terminal in PortMiami, Booking to Start in Early 2019

Celebrity Edge Arrives in Port Everglades

Celebrity Edge

This morning, Celebrity Edge arrived in Port Everglades to take her place at Celebrity Cruises’ new Terminal 25. I had just finished breakfast in the main dining room on the final morning of my Celebrity Infinity sailing (live-ish blog here) when one of my tablemates came back into the restaurant to tell me the ship was arriving. Thank you, L! I stepped outside and took a couple of pictures and then started up a Periscope. Check out both Read more about Celebrity Edge Arrives in Port Everglades

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady to Deliver Distinctly Non-Cruise Dining. Drag Brunch & Food Hall? Yes. Buffet & Dining Room? Nope.

Virgin Voyages DiningVirgin 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.