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The original cast of the “Love Boat” won't be on hand, but fans of the classic series will get a chance to ply the same waters and relive those glory days.

Princess Cruises spreads romance with special Love Boat promotion

September 2, 2022

Although the hit TV series is long gone, Princess Cruises is still banking on the show with a special promotion that runs through Oct. 31, 2022. So hurry up and grab your love nest.

Fares to love by

The special deals are available for bookings in 2023 and beyond on cruises and cruise tours to Mexico, the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe, the California Coast, Hawaii, the Panama Canal and Canada New England. Fares feature a $765 value when booking during The Love Boat Sale and include a $100 shore excursion credit.

Honoring the Love Boat

This special promotion pays tribute to the series that put Princess and the entire cruise industry on the map. By the way, the line is also preparing to launch another series, “The Real Love Boat,” on CBS in October. The original show took place on the Island Princess and Pacific Princess, mostly in Mexican seas. The new will be staged  the Regal Princess in the Mediterranean. It will be  hosted  by husband-and-wife team Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell.

How to get in on the deal 

To seal the deal, you need to book a cruise during The Love Boat Sale with the Princess Plus package. The fare  adds highly appealing amenities such as drinks, Wi-Fi and gratuities. Another option is the  Princess Premier fare, which comes with everything offered in Princess Plus, plus multi-device Wi-Fi, specialty dining, a photo package, Princess Prizes and a $100 shore excursions credit per person.

The $765 value is based on a seven-day cruise booked with Princess Plus, with the added shore excursions credit, so those booking longer cruises and/or Princess Premier save even more.

Interested? Call a Cruiseable travel advisor

The Love Boat Sale ends Oct. 31 and is available to residents 21 years of age and older of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Bermuda. Wanna go? Call a Cruiseable travel advisor at 1-800-322-3773 or email [email protected].


Guests staying in a Mini Suite aboard Royal Princess are given a separate sitting area and coffee table, a walk-in closet, two flat panel TVs, one flat screen TV, a roomy bathtub and many other amentities.

Want to upgrade your next Princess cruise?

August 19, 2022

If you booked a lower-priced cabin on a Princess cruise and are having second thoughts about it, not to worry. Starting in September you can upgrade to a higher category just by making a bid for it. 

Don't be one of those passengers who book cheaper accommodations only to suffer veranda, suite or mini-suite envy once on board. It really makes a difference to sail in more luxurious digs if you can swing it. 

Let the bidding begin!

Beginning Sept. 6, Princess Cruises is offering Princess Upgrade, a bid-based system, in partnership with PlusGrade, that gives guests a chance to  move on up to  an ocean view, balcony, deluxe balcony, mini-suite or a larger spread  suite.

Category elevations will be available initially on five North America-based ships: Caribbean Princess, Discovery Princess, Enchanted Princess, Regal Princess and Ruby Princess. The cruise line will then offer it fleetwide at the end of October.

“Upgrading is a popular request from our guests, and we’re pleased to deliver a process that lets them improve their stateroom category by making an offer that fits their budget and lifestyle,” said Princess president John Padgett.

Simple as ABC

The process is fairly easy. Once your sailing is within the Final Payment period and full payment has been made, you will receive an invitation to take part in the program and submit a bid. It’s a small worthwhile gamble. You can choose any category. You can also cancel your bid anytime before it’s accepted, if  you change your mind (unlike gambling).

 Don’t worry if the Princess upgrade email invite doesn't arrive. You will be able to  place a bid online at a special link at princess.com. Additional details about Princess Upgrade can be found at https://www.princess.com/plan/princess-cruise-room-upgrade/.

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Fun facts about HAL's return to cruises

Fascinating facts about Holland America’s return to sailing

July 25, 2022

It’s been a year since Holland America rebooted its cruise schedule with sailings on Nieuw Amsterdam back on July 24, 2021.

Surveying the state of cruising today, Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line, said, “The emotions and excitement from a year ago still resonate today as destinations around the world open and we persist in fully getting back to cruising. We are grateful to our guests who returned to sail with us, to our team members who came back to sea, to the ports that welcomed us, to our partners who stood by us and to all of our shoreside employees who got us back in the water.”

Over the past year HAL has operated more than 240 cruises, with hundreds more sailings on the horizon.

Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam in Venice.
Courtesy of Holland America LineNieuw Amsterdam was the first Holland America ship to resume sailings after the pandemic.

10 ships sailing the seas

 Since last July, 10 remaining HAL ships resumed operations in a variety of destinations. In addition to Alaska, its ships are sailing travel to Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexico, Northern Europe, Pacific Coast, Panama Canal and South Pacific. And by year’s end,  the ships will return to Australia/New Zealand and South America/Antarctica.


Silver Nova, launching in 2023, will feature a variety of exquisite dining venues.

Silversea’s new Nova to feature dining venues for all tastes

June 8, 2022

Uber luxury cruise line Silversea just released a first look at its eight signature restaurants for its upcoming new ship Silver Nova. And the offerings are looking very tasty, with settings and menus for every culinary persuasion.

Passengers have a choice of spacious settings or intimate little venues and assorted cuisines. Silversea says diners will benefit from a greater sense of space and stronger connections with the destination, as each restaurant will incorporate all-new design features, facilitated by Silver Nova’s innovative asymmetrical design.


Princess has unveiled a new package of perks for guests.

Princess’s premium package of perks

May 14, 2022

Princess Cruises is adding some serious perks for guests in the form of its just-announced Princess Premier package — and it sounds like a sweet deal. Passengers who opt for the add-on score unlimited Wi-Fi for up to four devices, premium top-shelf beverages, photos, specialty dining and gratuities at a cost of $75 daily per person.

All told, the savings come to more than 50 percent if the perks are purchased separately. 

But that's not all. Princess Premier passengers will also be automically entered into an onboard promotion for a chance to win a cruise for two every year for a decade and up to $100,000 in cash prizes. Wow!


Experience an evening in the charming old town of Bratislava while on a European river cruise aboard AmaLyra.

AmaWaterways charts a cultural cruise through Europe

April 29, 2022

AmaWaterways’ two previous Seven River Journey Through Europe itineraries proved so popular that the river cruise line has launched a third itinerary, this one for autumn 2023.

Departing August 24, 2023, the Seven River Journey Through Europe: Autumn Edition is a 46-night journey across 14 different countries along the Seine, Scheldt, Maas, Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube rivers, visiting charming villages and glittering cultural capitals along the way.

Guests will fly into Paris and depart for their first river cruise on August 24 on board the AmaLyra for six days. Along the way, the enchanting French countryside awaits, with a stop at the town of Honfleur, where some of the greatest Impressionists were inspired, as well as the beaches of Normandy before ending in Rouen.


Viking Ocean Cruises' Viking Sky and Viking Sea near Leknes, Norway.

Viking Ocean Cruises reveals details for two new ships

April 21, 2022

Viking Ocean Cruises announced the next two ships being added to its fleet would run on hydrogen and carry more guests than its other vessels built to date. 

According to Cruise Critic, Chairman and Founder Torstein Hagen said the cruise line’s unnamed ocean-going ships will be longer than the existing vessels in the fleet to carry the hydrogen fuel.

The hydrogen-powered ships will measure 11 meters longer than their fleet mates, bolster no more than 25 additional cabins and limit the overall passenger count to less than 1,000. The vessel will be powered by a hybrid propulsion system based on liquid hydrogen and fuel cells.


From the Norwegian Prima NFT Collection.

Norwegian launches cruise industry’s first NFT collection

April 11, 2022

Norwegian Cruise Line announced it would sail into the metaverse with the launch of the cruise industry’s first collection of NFTs, adding to the brand’s legacy of pioneering firsts.

Starting Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, Norwegian will open for auction and sale a collection of six NFTs to celebrate the launch of the cutting-edge Norwegian Prima Class ships through the cruise line’s soon-to-launch online NFT marketplace.

The NFT art pieces were created by Italian artist Manuel Di Rita, who also crafted the hull art on the record-breaking Norwegian Prima and its sister vessel Norwegian Viva.

“We strive to adopt the most cutting-edge technology at Norwegian Cruise Line and strongly believe that providing our guests the opportunity to own digital assets that connect them with an unforgettable cruise experience is an essential step forward,” Chief Digital Experience Officer Scott Piccolo said.

The first of the six art pieces will be auctioned at the starting rate of $2,500, with the remaining NFTs sold for prices beginning at $250. The first winner will also be awarded a balcony stateroom on one of Norwegian Prima’s U.S. inaugural voyages, setting sail from NCL’s new PortMiami terminal.

The first piece in the NFT collection resembles the hull art on Norwegian Prima and provides the buyer an opportunity to own a piece of the ship for years to come. The additional five NFT pieces showcase innovative 3D designs often depicted in Di Rita’s works.

All proceeds from the NFT auction and sales will be donated to Teach For America, an organization that finds, develops and supports a network of leaders who expand opportunities for children in classrooms, schools and every sector.

“Teach For America embraces innovation and industry leaders, and we are especially proud of the work Norwegian Cruise Line has done to celebrate and recognize teachers through its annual NCL Giving Joy campaign, which celebrates the intersection of travel and education,” Teach For America Miami-Dade's LaKeisha Wells-Palmer said.

Norwegian Prima’s christening voyage will depart from Reykjavík, Iceland, in August and feature a performance from godmother Katy Perry.

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Set to debut in June 2022, Viking Mississippi will sail on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul, Minn.

Viking’s first Mississippi river boat floated out

March 10, 2022

Viking’s much-anticipated Mississippi River program took a step closer to reality on this week when the new 386-guest Viking Mississippi touched water for the first time in Louisiana.

Set to debut in June 2022, Viking Mississippi will sail on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul.

“It is a proud moment that this new ship has met an American waterway for the first time,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “Our guests have long wanted to sail the Mississippi River with Viking, and we very much look forward to welcoming them on board this summer. We are grateful to our American partner, Edison Chouest Offshore, who has helped bring to life our vision of exploring the Mississippi in the ‘Viking way.’”


A digital rendering of Discovery Princess, due to launch in March 2022 with sailings to Alaska and the west coast of Mexico.

Princess to launch new stage show on Discovery Princess

February 14, 2022

Princess Cruises has announced its new production show, Spotlight Bar, which will debut in April on board the cruise line’s newest ship, Discovery Princess.

The live experience will transport Princess passengers to a vibrant bar atmosphere where they will meet and connect with local storytellers who share tales of their lives through song.

Princess Cruises will introduce a show called
Courtesy of Princess CruisesPrincess Cruises will introduce a show called "Spotlight Bar" aboard the new Discovery Princess.

Designed with a playlist meant to evoke memories and inspire dancing, Spotlight Bar will bring people together in a place where everyone belongs, the cruise line said. The show features a modern playlist that includes "Don’t You Worry About a Thing" by Stevie Wonder, "Havana" by Camila Cabello, "Drink You Away" by Justin Timberlake and more.

Spotlight Bar will debut in the Princess Theater aboard Discovery Princess departing Los Angeles on April 17, sailing to the Mexican Riviera. The show will be performed live on every voyage aboard the new ship.

“Spotlight Bar shares the story of the friendly neighborhood bar where locals want to hang out, catch up, laugh, grab a drink and maybe sing a song or two,” Princess vice president Denise Saviss said. “We hope Discovery Princess guests will get lost in the familiar music and theme of camaraderie to truly connect with our talented Princess entertainers.”

Discovery Princess will debut in Los Angeles on March 27 and sail on a series of Mexican Riviera and California Coast voyages through April 24, before heading up the Pacific coast to begin a season of seven-day Alaska cruises from Seattle.

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Artist's conception of the groundbreaking luxury ship Silver Nova, debuting in 2024.

Silversea reveals details of new ship’s Grand Voyage

February 9, 2022

Since its inception in 1994, Silversea has been a game changer in the cruise industry. Innovative and continually raising the luxury bar, the little line continues to impress. Its latest venture is the upcoming launch of the 728-passenger Silver Nova — a fuel-efficient, sustainable ship.

Although Silver Nova doesn’t launch until January 2024, the company has already released details of its 71-day Grand Voyage to Central and South America. 

The luxurious odyssey will allow passengers to delve deeply into 38 destination in 18 countries. Fares will include round-trip business class air.


Crystal Symphony in Hong Kong. Crystal has temporarily halted sailings.

Crystal Cruises closes down Miami headquarters

January 22, 2022

Crystal Cruises, the ocean, river and high-end expedition cruise line, announced it wuld cease sailings on a temporary basis following the bankruptcy of Malaysia-based parent company Genting Group.  However, as of yesterday, Feb. 8, the cruise line let most of its on land and ship staffs go.  Crystal's Miami Headquarters are shut down while its two ocean liners, Symphony and Serenity sit under arrest in the Bahamas.

Coupled with a global pandemic that is still wreaking havoc on the financial health of the travel and cruise sectors, the money woes at Genting Group became unsustainable, leading to the shocking closure. Genting appears to have overplayed its hand, with its fingers in many pots from ship building to jet planes and cruises.

Naturally all cruises on  Crystal Symphony and Serenity and expedition ship Crystal Endeavor are cancelled, most likely forever. It  has also  suspended operation of its river ships.  Crystal's European river cruise fleet has not been operating — the European river cruise season typically begins in March.

Passengers on its ocean ships were asked to disembark and were ticketed to be flown home from Miami, Aruba, and Ushuaia, Argentina.​ The company says passengers will receive full cruise fare refunds.