Cruise News

Cruise news and updates on cruise lines, cruise ships and even their private islands.  Find cruise news about the progress on new ships and refurbishments, too.

Holland America America's Test Kitchen

Holland America Adds New America’s Test Kitchen Shows

If there’s one onboard program that I never miss, it’s Holland America’s live America’s Test Kitchen presentations.  I’ve learned how to make everything from Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup and Oven-Roasted Salmon to Spanish-style Garlic Shrimp. America’s Test Kitchen presentations are offered on all Holland America ships except Maasdam.  Onboard cooking shows on every cruise are hosted […] Read more…

Viking Cruises World Cruise Map

Viking Cruises Announces New 161-Day World Cruise

If a world cruise to six continents and 75 ports in a mere 161 days sounds like a dream…newsflash:  it’s reality.  And twice as long as it took Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel. Viking Cruises World Cruise will send their 930-passenger Viking Sun literally chasing the sunset.  On December 14, 2020, Viking Sun begins […] Read more…

Carnival ship arrives in Nassau Bahamas

Carnival Cruise Line Ends Free Room Service in 2019

Carnival room service gets a price tag Carnival has just announced that beginning mid-January, 2019, they will no longer offer complimentary room service.  The change will be across the fleet, with an expanded à la carte menu. Carnival’s website states, “A wide variety of menu items will be available with a nominal cost ranging from […] Read more…

Marjerie Glacier at Glacier Bay Alaskan Dream Cruises

Stay Longer to Explore Glacier Bay, Alaska

Alaskan Dream Cruises new itinerary adds two more days in Glacier Bay If exploring Alaska on a 10-person expedition vessel sounds exciting, this could be the cruise for you.  Alaskan Dream Cruises received the permits for their 10-passenger Misty Fjord ship to spend two days in Glacier Bay. A UNESCO world Heritage Site, Glacier National […] Read more…

Cruise Ship Comes to the Rescue of Two Stranded Sailors

When bad weather forced Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas to change course last week, officers on night watch spotted a flashing signal light in the distance.  For security reasons, the ship confirmed the stranded vessel’s identity and checked with nearby ports that might be able to send rescue boats. On Friday night, as Empress […] Read more…

Nieuw Statendam at Port Everglades

Holland America’s Newest Ship Arrives in Port Everglades

Earlier this week, Port Everglades welcomed the 2,666-passenger Nieuw Statendam to its new home port in Fort Lauderdale.  Sister ship to Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam is the second Pinnacle Class ship and one of the largest ships in their fleet. After leaving from the port of Civitavecchia, Italy at the beginning of December, Nieuw Statendam arrived […] Read more…

Carnival Miracle Cruises from San Francisco

Carnival Miracle Will Cruise from San Francisco for the First Time

Carnival Miracle Cruises from San Francisco For the first time ever, Carnival Miracle will cruise from San Francisco.  Cruises from San Francisco aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle are set to begin on March 19, 2020.  The kick-off season includes four-day weekend trips to Ensenada.  In addition, Carnival Miracle will also offer longer, five- and six-day cruises […] Read more…

Luxe Cruise Line Adds Small Group Shore Excursions

Attention curious cruisers who prefer to travel in the lap of luxury.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises, yes, it’s the ultra-luxe cruise line that started complimentary shore excursions, has added two new shore excursion concepts.  Called “Go Local Tours” and “Regent Choice small group tours” as you can guess, you don’t travel with a motor coach full […] Read more…

Carnival Mardi Gras and a Roller Coaster at Sea

It was just last week that Carnival revealed the retro-name of its newest ship, Mardi Gras, set to debut in 2020.   As the dust settled over Carnival’s choice of “Mardi Gras“, the cruise line has announced that their ship will have the first-ever roller coaster at sea. Appropriately named BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, it promises […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Moves Oasis of the Seas to East Coast

Bye-Bye Port Canaveral – Hello East Coast!  Royal Caribbean just announced that their 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas will move to the east coast.  It will be the largest ship to sail from the Northeast, with departures from its homeport in Bayonne, NJ. Following a “Royal Amplification” the cruise line’s name for their $1 billion […] Read more…

Cunard Introduces New Spa and Wellness Concept

Along with its longtime partner, Canyon Ranch, Cunard is introducing the Mareel Wellness & Beauty spa experience. Luxury cruise line Cunard announced that Mareel Wellness & Beauty: a new spa concept developed in partnership with Canyon Ranch, will be rolled out across its fleet. Mareel launched first on the newly-refurbished Queen Elizabeth this December 2018.  In November 2020 both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 will […] Read more…

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