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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.


Viking Orion during its floatout. The ship debuts in June 2018.

Viking Cruises launches fifth ocean ship

June 15, 2018

Viking Cruises is one of a very few cruise lines that I  have yet to sail with. But it’s on  my list.  I missed the last four ships and now they've introduced a fifth, which was just named Viking Orion at a gala celebration in Livorno, Italy.

She is now on her maiden voyage, accompanied by  her ceremonial godmother, American chemist, emergency room physician and retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher, and dozens of Dr. Fisher’s friends, family, academics, explorers and fellow astronauts. Named after the prominent constellation and in honor of Dr. Fisher’s work on NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project, the 930-guest 47,800-ton Viking Orion arrived in Livorno early this morning. The ship will continue her maiden season sailing itineraries in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean this summer before heading east to sail Viking’s newest itineraries in Asia, Australia and Alaska.


Silver Muse is the newest ship from Silversea, offering luxurious cruises around the world.

Royal Caribbean takes over Silversea

June 14, 2018

The cruise industry woke up to some pretty big news today. It was a shocker for many. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has agreed to buy a 66.7 percent stake in Silversea Cruises, the tony independent cruise line that operates intimate luxury and expedition ships designed for discerning travelers.

While the news surprised many, some industry insiders were anticipating this would happen. The family owned and operated Silversea was ripe for a takeover, especially with two new ship builds on the horizon.

For Royal Caribbean, Silversea adds a crown jewel in the luxury market, going up against Norwegian Cruise Line's Regent Seven Seas and the smaller Seabourn, owned by Carnival Corp.


Dining options abound on Crown Eat Street

Crown Princess emerges from dry dock with new features that delight the appetite

June 4, 2018

New dining options and upgraded cabins greet passengers on Mediterranean cruises

Passenger sailing on  Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess this summer will be delighted and surprised by her recent facelift that includes additional culinary options and upgrades in cabins, public rooms and the Lotus Spa.

The ship debuted in 2006 and a dozen years later it was time for a facelift.  One of the most noticeable changes is the new signature logo on her bow, but of more interest to passengers will be the increased array of dining options, including: 


The Sky Pad is being called "the first virtual reality bungee trampoline experience at sea."

New on Royal: 'Virtual reality bungee trampolines' (video)

May 30, 2018

I've been waiting to see what Royal Caribbean was cooking up when it announced plans to add some "wow" factor to its older ships, and now we have a good idea: the Sky Pad, called "the first virtual reality bungee trampoline experience at sea."

Royal has put together a fun little 30-second video about the installation of Sky Pad on its 10-year-old Independence of the Seas taking place this month.


 Carnival Splendor sails in and around the Caribbean during winter months. Summer cruises include Eastern Caribbean destinations as well as cruises to Atlantic Canada and New England.

Carnival Splendor announces milestone voyage to Vietnam, Guam & Malaysia

May 16, 2018

Oct. 30, 2019, marks the beginning of Carnival Journeys with the start of a 24-day trans-Pacific crossing on Carnival Splendor from Long Beach, Calif., to Singapore.  The cruise is not only the lengthiest single voyage the line has ever offered but the first time Carnival has ever sent a ship to Guam, Vietnam and Malaysia on a North American departure.

Passengers on this trip will be offered a variety of activities that include sessions on photography, cooking, arts and crafts and celestial navigation, along with a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day. 


Small ship, big visual treats: Pacific Princess gives guests an exotic experience through the lavish isles of Bora Bora.

Princess Cruises offers awesome world cruise for 2020

April 25, 2018

This is definitely designed for folks who enjoy long cruises that visit many ports. On Jan. 5, 2020, Pacific Princess will set out on a 111-day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, stopping in Los Angeles to pick up more guests on Jan. 20. 

The 670-passenger Pacific Princess is the perfect size if you are not a fan of mega-ships. Short segments will be offered for those who don’t have the time, money or inclination to do the whole enchilada.


A look at the dining experience on Magic Carpet, the movable shipside platform on Celebrity Edge (digital rendering).

Celebrity Edge: 29 options for ‘dining wow’

April 17, 2018

Wow! I just got an update from Celebrity Cruises about Celebrity Edge, the cutting-edge ship set to debut in November. The update was all about dining options, one of my favorite topics, and all the cuisines, spices and tools under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher.

They even sent heady cooking spices, a spoon, a denim apron, cake tester, palette knife and Swiss peeler to show how the chef works. Only wish they’d sent along the chef to cook for us.


Silver Spirit alights in pretty St. Lucia.

Silversea rolls out free Wi-Fi for all

March 29, 2018

Finally! A cruise line has come to its cyber senses and is providing all passengers with unlimited Wi-Fi. Super luxe Silversea just made the announcement that will bring cheers from just about everybody booked on one of its spiffy ships.

Beginning in April, all passengers on Silversea's nine luxury ships will be hooked up with Internet access at no extra charge.