How our Bliss Filters work

Your custom results ({[{ }]}) Return to previous page

Travel Blog

Latest Cruise news articles

Holland America's Oosterdam sails by the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Holland America makes it easier to pay for your cruise

May 16, 2019

Can’t afford to plunk down that full fare for your next Holland America cruise? No worries. The mainstream cruise line has just introduced an interest-free way to make monthly payments.

Called EZpay, the new program spreads out your cruise balance for as long as you need. What’s more, you can cancel at any time and receive a refund without penalty. The plan is available on nearly all itineraries in the fleet as long as the sailing is not within the final payment deadline.

Vinyl will be making a comeback aboard Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady when the ship debuts in 2020.

Virgin Voyages outfits first ship with musical stylings

April 23, 2019

It's no surprise that Sir Richard Branson would be providing a musical backdrop to his new Virgin Voyages Cruise Line. After all, he was one of the founders of Virgin Records, a major player in the industry back in the 1970s.

The new cruise line recently announced its new curated musical identity, which looks to be  an incomparable experience for its ‘‘sailors,’’ as Branson likes to call their passengers. He also is placing new DJ residencies, a record shop and a karaoke lounge on board.

It seems the line is launching a fierce approach to music that might just break seafaring records.

Sailing near the granite rock formations that extend to Land's End in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Holland America unveils 20 Mexican Riviera cruises

March 22, 2019

It looks like at least one cruise line is giving our south-of-the-border friends another look. While some other cruise lines have cut back on sailings to Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas because of concerns about passengers' safety, Holland America Line has gone in the other direction and announced 20 new cruises along that once popular itinerary.

I'm glad to hear it. For years I cruised out of Los Angeles on Princess and other lines on a relaxing, sunny Mexican Riviera cruise. Now other travelers can take advantage, too. 

Holland America brings back Mexico, olé!

The line is offering 20 cruises spaced out on ms Oosterdam, Eurodam and Maasdam running from October 2019 into 2020. Each of the regular-season trips will sail round-trip from San Diego and stop at Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and overnight in Puerto Vallarta. Each of those ports are pretty but Puerto Vallarta is enchiladas-down the best. My own take: San Lucas is overcrowded, but there’s lots to do there. Mazatlan offers too few options, but the air and ocean will be warm for swimming and other water sports. Plus, there are lots of activities and shore excursions from which to choose.

A view of Bandera Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board/LatitudeA view of Bandera Bay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Seasonal sailings

Oosterdam heads south on Oct . 6, 2019, on its seven-day itinerary. She will make two Christmas/holiday cruises on Dec. 21 and 28. Eurodam will sail the same itinerary starting Oct. 19 and again on Nov. 2 and Nov 9. If  you prefer longer sailings, you can extend Eurodam’s Oct. 19 voyage by boarding four days sooner in Vancouver, B.C., with a stop in Santa Barbara on the way back to  San Diego.

Sailboarders and catamarans on the beach in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Lisa Andres / Creative Commons BYSailboarders and catamarans on the beach in Mazatlan, Mexico.

But wait, there’s more

Seafarers can dig deeper into Mexico with Maasdam’s 12-day EXC in-Depth Voyage that sails on April 3 and April 15, 2020. This one hits seven ports along the Sea of Cortez along with Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Passengers will get to explore La Paz, Loreto, Guaymas and Topolobrampo. You can also extend this journey to 18 days.

Holland America is a mainstream cruise company with a fleet of midsize ships that appeal overwhelmingly to adult travelers. Its Pinnacle Grill dining room is considered one of the best at sea. 

Interested in a cruise on Holland America?

If you're interested in a cruise on Holland America to the Mexican Riviera or elsewhere, contact a Cruiseable travel advocate by email or by phoning 1-877-322-3773. A travel advocate will work with you to find the ideal itinerary at the best price at no cost to you. 

Aruba offers countless settings for a romantic dinner.

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s Day cruise

February 11, 2019

Roses are red, violets are blue and cruises are made for romantics like you. Valentine's Day is Feb. 14, so there's still time to book a cruise by Thursday for a romantic getaway when the occasion suits you.

Having been a few dozen cruises in February that included Valentine’s Day, I can attest whole heartedly to just what an amorous experience it can be when you’re with the one you love (or the one you're with). The classic TV show “The Love Boat,” featuring a Princess Cruises ship, showcased the romance of cruising for many seasons. Just keep in mind the choice of ship and accommodations is an important Cupid factor when picking your cruise.

Silver Cloud passes under London's Tower Bridge at dusk.

Silversea to launch two expedition world cruises in 2021

January 31, 2019

Innovative cruise line Silversea Cruises is once again raising the nautical bar by launching a pair of Expedition World Cruises in 2021. The luxury line describes each sailing as “an uncharted world tour where passengers can immerse themselves in the most exciting experiences on the planet.”

The first one will be a 167-day voyage on Silver Cloud from Ushuaia, Argentina, on Jan. 30, 2021, that will stop at 107 destinations in 30 countries. It will include six new ports for the line that include Naxos, Folegandros and Nafpaktos, Greece; Ksamil, Albania; Bejaïa, Algeria, and Fort William, Scotland. And if you got a few million bucks hanging around, it’s offering accommodations in the two-bedroom Owner’s Suite for just short of a million dollars.

The second global odyssey takes place on Silver Whisper, which will sail from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 7, 2021, and cover 34 countries until its final destination in New York on June 6, 2021. Naturally, you could can book part of the voyage if you don't have six months to kill.

Carnival Miracle will offer four- to 15-day cruises from the Bay Area to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico starting in 2020.

Carnival begins San Francisco departures in 2020

January 3, 2019

Last week Carnival Cruise Line announced that it will launch its first San Francisco departures in 2020, offering four- to 15-day cruises from the Bay Area to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico aboard Carnival Miracle.

First up, beginning March 19, 2020, will be four-day weekend cruises from San Francisco to Ensenada, Mexico, followed by five and six-day trips to Ensenada, Catalina Island and San Diego this spring.

Fifteen-day Hawaiian cruises begin April 16, with stops in Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island, plus Ensenada. And summer will bring 10-day Alaska cruises — with stops in Juneau, Skagway and Icy Strait Point — that start from and return to San Francisco.

Mareel's redesigned hydro-pool on the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth.

Cunard launches luxurious new spa concept

December 5, 2018

There's nothing like spoiling yourself during a cruise with massages, facials and other special treatments. Just about every ship worth its sea salt now boasts a spa offering head to toe services and more. 

So to up the ante, Cunard Line has developed a new, luxurious spa called Mareel Wellness & Beauty. It will debut at the end of December on the newly redone Queen Elizabeth and then on Queen Victoria followed by Queen Mary 2 in November 2020.

Save up to $2,000 per suite on 2018-19 voyages aboard the lavishly redesigned Crystal Serenity (in Venice, above) or Crystal Symphony.

Black Friday cruise sales on Crystal Cruises

November 21, 2018

Tempted by a luxury cruise but think you can't afford it? Check out Crystal Cruises’s Black Friday sale specials. 

Swank de la swanky Crystal, the top purveyor of high-end experiences on riverboats, ships and even air, is carving out exceptional deals to book after the turkey and trimmings are all gone. And remember, Crystal is all-inclusive, so all fares include tips, wine, spirits and other potables, fine food, seamless service, activities galore and even butlers to enhance the experience.

Whale watching near Icy Strait Point, Alaska.

One day only: Norwegian offers free air fare for Alaska cruises

September 13, 2018

If an Alaska cruise  has been on  your bucket list,  here’s a good reason to consider doing it. Norwegian Cruise Line is now offering free and  reduced round-trip air fare on Norwegian Joy for voyages from April to September 2019.

This deal is open to the general public for one day only, Sept. 14, with past guests gaining early access on Sept. 13. 

New bookings for a balcony stateroom or higher-end cabin will be eligible for free or reduced round-trip economy class air fare for up to two guests from more than 100 airports across the United States and Canada.

Sky Princess's impressive top-deck accommodations and entertainment.

Princess Cruises wows with first look at Sky Princess

July 31, 2018

She’s not only a beautiful ship, but Sky Princess — which debuts October 2019 in the Mediterranean — has knockout top suites for high rollers. And we do mean top. The accommodations sit on the uppermost decks and span 700 square feet of space plus private balconies from which passengers can watch the ship’s Movie Under the Stars screen without leaving their cabin. 

Did I mention a 270-degree panoramic view and sleeping capacity for five? They are also ideal for couples who like to entertain in their suite.

Artist's rendering of the first Blue World Voyages ship.

New cruise line devoted to wellness

July 13, 2018

When Blue World Voyages debuts in 2019, it will certainly make waves in the cruise industry with its bold, distinctive Active Lifestyle Cruising theme. The company is following in the wake of other cruise lines that have added more spa, fitness and wellness options to activities, but it is taking it a cardio step farther.

Blue World Voyages will become the first cruise company completely dedicated to active, healthy lifestyles, from ship design to onboard programs, healthy dining options and even the itineraries and shore excursions.

The line’s initial ship will be an all-suite, 350-passenger five-star vessel with luxury standard suites, single staterooms and 26 one- and two-bedroom owners residences.

Designed to explore the remote corners of the world in elegance and style, the Prinsendam (it means "princes") holds just 835 passengers, giving guests the feel of a classic yacht with the spaciousness of a cruise ship.

Holland America plans to retire Prinsendam

July 3, 2018

Holland America Line has announced that it is retiring the smallest ship in the fleet, the iconic Prinsendam. The ship has been sold to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen with the handover taking place in July 2019.  

The 825-passenger Prinsendam, at 30 years old and 37,939 gross tons in size, has had a varied past dating back to her debut in 1988 as the Royal Viking Sun (we were on it and she was certainly regal and classy). In 1994 Cunard Line ran the vessel before transferring her to Seabourn Cruises as the Seabourn Sun. She became a member of Holland America's fleet in 2002.