Scenic view from atop Miltenberg Castle on the Main River.

The Best Time of Year to Take a River Cruise

Talk to five different people and you’ll get five different answers about the best time to take a river cruise.  When deciding when to go on a river cruise, there are a lot of factors to consider. Deciding the best time to go on a river cruise I get asked this question all the time. […] Read more…

The Ultimate Cruise Packing Guide and Checklist

What to pack for a Caribbean cruise? Try my Ultimate Cruise Packing Checklist! It’s been a long time since I packed for my first cruise.  You’d think I packed for an around-the-world cruise rather than a 7-night Caribbean cruise.  I didn’t have a packing guide or a checklist for my cruise. Now I can stow […] Read more…

Norwegian Sky Starbucks

Norwegian Sky Refurbishment Includes New Dining and Starbucks

After a three-week dry dock in the Bahamas, Norwegian Sky returned to Miami fresh from refurbishment.  It’s all part of Norwegian’s Norwegian Edge fleet-wide refurbishment program. From top to bottom, the 20-year old ship has been drastically updated.  There are new restaurants and snack spaces, redesigned staterooms, even the pool area on deck 11 was refurbished. […] Read more…

Carnival Sail Away from Jetty Park Port Canaveral

Best Places to Watch Ships Leave from Port Canaveral

If you live near Port Canaveral, maybe on vacation or in Orlando for the theme parks, plan to watch cruise ships leave from Port Canaveral.  It’s an experience filled with excitement and amazement.  And a lot of fun. Places with the best views to watch ships leave from Port Canaveral Port Canaveral has grown by […] Read more…

Vantage Ocean Explorer

Vantage Cruise Lines Builds First Ocean Cruise Ship

Vantage Cruise Lines recently announced their plans to build their first ocean cruise ship.   If the name isn’t familiar to you, Vantage Cruise Lines has been operating Europe river cruises with their own river ships since 1999. With their first small ocean cruise ship, it’s an exciting time for Vantage.  Named Ocean Explorer, the new ship […] Read more…

Norwegian Breakaway in New York Harbor

Norwegian Cruise Line Raises Gratuities

Yes, it’s happening again.  Norwegian Cruise Lines just announced it will raise daily gratuities this spring.  It may seem like Norwegian raised its daily gratuities not too long ago.  Oh wait!  They did. You know the pattern.  When one cruise line raises their daily gratuity, all the others seem to do the same.  Carnival, Holland […] Read more…

Carnival Mardi Gras Balcony Stateroom

Carnival Reveals Mardi Gras Innovative Stateroom Design

New ship, new designs, right? That’s what Carnival is doing with Mardi Gras.  From how the ship is powered to where you’ll sleep, innovation is the buzz word for this cutting-edge, contemporary new ship. Part of the innovative design strategy is to create a space that feels more open.  The staterooms will seem more spacious […] Read more…

Hurtigruten MS Finnmarken expedition ship Finnmarken in a Norwegian Fjord

Hurtigruten Cruise Ship Being Transformed into Expedition Ship

Okay, so it’s a funny-sounding name.  Spanning 126-years of maritime history, Hurtigruten is serious when it comes to new ships, protecting the environment and now, expedition cruising. The MS Finnmarken, built in 2002 and carrying only 919 passengers will be reintroduced as a premium expedition cruise ship. When the MS Finnmarken emerges from Hurtigruten’s most […] Read more…

Carnival Cancels Cruise Visits to Antigua

If you’ve been getting excited about your upcoming Carnival cruise that included a visit to the southern Caribbean island of Antigua, take a breath.  Carnival Cruise Line just announced that it has canceled port calls to Antigua beginning this November. The reasoning behind the cancellations remains to be determined.  Two weeks ago, Antigua Prime Minister […] Read more…

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