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…

Golden Princess balcony stateroom.

Seven Cruise Ship Room Locations You Should Avoid

Someone’s gotta get a cruise ship room location near the disco, but why you? A quick read through cruise lines’ glossy brochures and flashy websites doesn’t always help prospective cruise passengers choose the best stateroom location. While it’s fairly easy to decide on either an inside, oceanview or balcony stateroom, finding one in the best […] Read more…

Holland America Eurodam lamb chop entree

Cruise Line Tests Charging a Fee for Second Entrée

According to a news article on Cruise Critic, Holland America is testing the addition of a $10 fee if you order a second entree in the Main Dining Room. If you’ve ever taken a cruise, I’m sure you’ve noticed that some people at your dining table order a second or even a third entree.  It’s common […] Read more…

Amtrak Zephyr in Ruby Canyon Colorado

Amtrak California Zephyr Travel Across America

By Sherry Laskin Two full days. That’s how long it takes to travel 2,438 miles by train from Chicago to Emeryville, California. Slightly over 48 hours, if the Amtrak California Zephyr is on time. Spectacular Scenery and a Cozy Bedroom on the California Zephyr A trip aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr eluded me for years. […] Read more…

Regent World Cruise Map

Regent Seven Seas World Cruise for 2021

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced the itinerary for their world cruise in 2021 and it’s a doozy.  Along the route, the ship, Seven Seas Mariner, will visit 56 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-designated world heritage sites across the globe. Guests will have a chance to spend time in iconic cities such […] Read more…

Viking Cruises Sweeps Cruise Critic Awards Again

I wasn’t surprised when I learned that once again Viking Cruises took top honors in the 9th Annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.  Compiled from actual cruisers’ reviews on Cruise Critic, Viking received 11 First Place awards. The First Place category went to four of Viking’s 930-passenger ships:  Viking Star, Viking Sky, Viking Sun and Viking […] Read more…

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