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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).

Traveling? Be Aware of Coronavirus, But Focus on Influenza

In the past week, a coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China has rightfully got the attention of many.  Certain diseases are prone to rapid infection rates, and in a world where people can traverse the globe in a day, this warrants attention.  Still, as we often say, context is important, and while the story could change quickly, as of writing this (Jan 25th, 2020), we're personally much more concerned with travelers being infected with influenza.  There is some good news though.  Let's go over that, including general tips to stay disease free. read more

First 8 Sailings of Carnival Mardi Gras Cancelled - Carnival's Newest Ship Delayed

Carnival Mardi Gras Delayed

Carnival Mardi Gras is a much anticipated ship.  Not only will she be the largest ships Carnival has ever built, but she'll have some impressive new features and concepts - some new to Carnival, and others new to the cruising world.  Those hoping to enjoy one of her earliest sailings however, will be disappointed to learn that her first eight sailings have been canceled... read more

Virgin Voyages Shows Off Smart-Phone App that Delivers Champagne - Plus, a New Lounge, Tea Service, and the First Glimpse of Drink Prices

Shake for Champagne on Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages doesn't start sailing until 2020, but that's given the brand plenty of time to tease us with details of this innovative new line.  It's no surprise that guests will have access to a smartphone app to compliment their onboard experience, but Virgin of course announced it in an interesting way.  Check out the details they shared with us below, including details on a new Champagne and caviar bar, tea service, and more.  Be sure to read Billy's Take at the bottom to learn what we found by reading between the lines... read more

CEO Andy Stuart Leaving NCL, Harry Sommer Up Next

NCLS' Andy Stuart and Harry SommerIn the corporate world change is inevitable, especially in cruise industry, which has seen incredible growth over the past several decades.  Despite that, for 31 years, Andy Stuart has showed up to work at Norwegian Cruise Lines, for the past three and a half years, as CEO of the third largest cruise line in the world. It was announced this week however, that over the coming months, Stuart would be leaving NCL, and Harry Sommer, another NCL veteran, will be taking his place in the C-suite... read more