Half Moon Cay Horses in the Ocean

Half Moon Cay Bahamas Horseback Riding Review

For many cruisers, a stop at this beautiful private island means a day to kick-back at the beach.  For me, Half Moon Cay means a cruise excursion to go horseback riding in the ocean. Half Moon Cay is Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas.  It’s located halfway between Cat Island and Eleuthra, about 100 […] Read more…

Virgin Voyages Bimini Beach Club

Virgin Voyages Unveils Their “Secret” Island Destination

Valentine’s Day marked the moment for Virgin Voyages when it began to take reservations for its first ship, Scarlet Lady.  Long-anticipated was the promised reveal of the fledgling cruise line’s “secret” destination.  It’s Bimini, Bahamas. Virgin Voyages announced that every cruise voyage (as Sir Richard calls it) includes a stop at The Beach Club, Virgin Voyages’ […] Read more…

Foodie Alert! Holland America Culinary Cruises for 2019

After a fabulous first year, Holland America culinary cruises are back for a second season.  Officially called the Holland America 2019 Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises, these twelve culinary cruises are produced in conjunction with the Holland America Culinary Council. Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin is joined by international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, Andy Matsuda, Ethan Stowell and […] Read more…

Avalon Artistry II Panorama Suite

Avalon Waterways Adds Another Suite Ship for 2020

Avalon Waterways is on the move. The luxury river cruise company will launch their new Avalon Envision in Europe this April.  And in 2020, Avalon just announced that another new ship, Avalon View will begin cruising on the rivers in Europe. The new Avalon View will become the 14th Suite Ship in the Avalon Waterways European […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Beverage Packages Explained

Whether or not to purchase an all-inclusive beverage package can be a bit tricky.  All Royal Caribbean beverage packages have rules of course, especially about sharing.  Their rules require that if one person in a stateroom purchases a beverage package, then BOTH must purchase a beverage package. All-Inclusive Beverage Packages Considering that the prices are […] Read more…

Virgin Voyages Celebrates at Scarlet Lady Float Out

For Virgin Voyages, last Friday was an eventful day in Genoa and years in the planning.  Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages executives plus officials from Fincantieri shipyard were on hand to witness the Scarlet Lady float out.  The event commemorates when the ship touches water for the first time. Similar to a new ship’s naming […] Read more…

Hurtigruten to Build a Third Hybrid Expedition Ship

Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise company, has signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of their third hybrid powered expedition cruise ship. The yet un-named new ship will be built with the same advanced technology found on Hurtigruten’s first two next-generation ships.  The MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen are currently under […] Read more…

How to Reserve Your Own Shore Excursions and try Cozumel food tours

7 Tips If You Plan to Book Your Own Shore Excursions

Booking your own shore excursion can be daunting… …Especially if it’s your first cruise. Whether it’s your first visit to a new port or maybe your third or fourth, chances are you’ll want to leave the ship to see and explore your destination. There could be a zillion reasons why people choose to not buy […] Read more…

Viking Cruises Welcomes New Viking Jupiter

Viking Welcomes Sixth Ocean Ship into the Fleet

A major milestone was reached earlier this week when Viking Ocean Cruises took delivery of its new Viking Jupiter, the sixth ocean ship for Viking Oceans.  The ceremony took place at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy.  The traditional maritime event culminated when the ship builder symbolically handed the keys for the vessel over to the ship’s owner. […] Read more…

Do You Need a Passport to Take a Cruise From the U.S.

It’s sort of complicated.  The answer is yes you need a passport…and no you don’t. Readers ask, “I’m a United States citizen taking a cruise from the U.S. to the Caribbean.  Do I need a U.S. passport”? After I received this same question again today, I decided to put together this passport advice article. Mostly, […] Read more…

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