Sunset behind the Buda Castle as the Viking Lif is docked for the night at the Chain Bridge.

Viking Lif River Ship Review and Photos

European river cruises are, in my opinion, the best way to visit the heart of Europe.  Sure, I love cruise ships and cruises that go around Europe. If you want to explore a variety of small towns and port cities and not have to pack and unpack, you need a river cruise. Viking River Cruises is the […] Read more…

Emeril Lagasse Restaurant to Open on Carnival Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line just announced that award-winning celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will open his first-ever restaurant onboard Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras.  It’s all so New Orleans. Named Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the restaurant will be located in Mardi Gras French Quarter, one of six themed zones on the ship. But the French Quarter will be […] Read more…

Guide to Amtrak Sleeping Accommodations

As a committed non-flyer, Amtrak has played an important role for my travel experiences across America. For me to travel for a cruise from non-Florida cruise ports, an overnight Amtrak train is needed.  That’s how I became so familiar with Amtrak sleeping accommodations. There are two types of Amtrak sleeping accommodations: a roomette and a bedroom.  While both have […] Read more…

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy Entertainment Cuts Footloose with New Production Show

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for bringing rousing Broadway musicals to the high seas.  And the new Norwegian Joy entertainment productions will be no exception. Following a $50 million refurbishment and an Alaska debut, the award-winning musical, “Footloose” will be part of the live entertainment lineup beginning in May 2019. Norwegian Joy Live Entertainment Footloose tells the […] Read more…

Four Northern Europe Cruise Ports You Don’t Want to Miss

Northern Europe Cruise Ports This article is part three of my series on 11 Not-to-be-Missed Europe cruise ports.  Here we head to explore four northern Europe cruise ports that I think give cruisers a slice of life that’s not totally always touristic.  You’ll get an insider’s peek into their world. The Baltics, Britain and Scandinavia […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas in Miami

“New” Navigator of the Seas Offers Cruises from Miami

Royal Caribbean‘s Navigator of the Seas, fresh from a $115 million “amplification” is now cruising from her year-round home at PortMiami.  The refurbishment of this 3,386-passenger ship includes the addition of some really clever or downright thrilling cruise ship “firsts”. Until May, Navigator of the Seas will set out on five- to nine-day Caribbean cruises.  Then beginning […] Read more…

Alaskan Dream Cruises Transforms a “Deadliest Catch” Boat into Expedition Boat

Once a rough and tumble Bering Sea crab fishing boat, Alaskan Dream Cruises has breathed new life into this now elegant 12-passenger vessel.  Kruzof Explorer becomes the sixth ship in Alaskan Dream Cruises‘ fleet.  If you’ve ever watched the dramatic reality TV show, “Deadliest Catch”, the silhouette of this ship might look familiar. If an Alaska […] Read more…

How to Survive Long Sea Days as a Solo Cruiser

Large ships and long voyages have their own challenges. If you’re an easily bored solo cruiser, extended sea days without any ports may not be for you. On the other hand, if your brain needs some forced downtime, gazing at a seemingly endless ocean might be the remedy. Nothing compares to a week or more […] Read more…

Take a bus or hike to the hilltop Reichsburg Castle in Cochem, Germany on a Mosel River cruise.

Mosel River Overview in Germany’s Reisling Region

The Mosel river could be considered petite by European river standards.  It is only 339 miles long. However, this meandering river is anything but diminutive. Since Roman times, the Mosel region has cultivated excellent white wines and now contributes one-third of Germany’s wine production. Along the Mosel river From its source in the Vosges Mountains […] Read more…

The Danube really does look blue, especially towards sunset.

Danube River Overview

If you’re not humming the melody to this Johann Strauss waltz by the end of your Danube river cruise, well, there’s something amiss. Depending upon your location and sunlight, there is some truth to the fabled blue color. The mighty Blue Danube river flows nearly 1,780 miles from the southwest corner of Germany to its […] Read more…

Room Service Breakfast Nieuw Statendam

Cruise Ship Room Service 2019 – Fee or Free?

I love to order room service on a cruise ship, especially breakfast.  For as long as I’ve been cruising, I’ve never had a room service fee.  Except of course for a couple of dollars for a tip to give to the delivery person. Times have changed.  While the ultra-luxury cruise lines don’t charge a room […] Read more…

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