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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.

Cruiseable's new free Cruise Compare tool is available to compare cruises side by side.

Compare cruises side by side: A new tool

August 22, 2018

Regular visitors to Cruiseable know that we're constantly adding new features and functionalities to both the website's suite of tools and the Cruiseable mobile app for iOS. 

The latest cool new feature we just rolled out: Compare Cruises.

What it's for: If you're trying to decide between two or more cruises that look pretty good, use this tool for a quick side-by-side comparison.

How it works

Step 1: Browse interesting cruises: Use any of the four filters in the top right navigation: Destinations, Price, Date or Bliss filters. You'll see a page of search results for different cruises. Now just click or tap the blue COMPARE button for any cruise that looks intriguing, and start comparing! You need at least two to compare.

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.

30 Reasons to book Disney Cruise Line for Families

June 13, 2018

From via


"It’s all in the details: everywhere you turn on a Disney ship, and everyone you interact with, has that special ‘Disney Difference’. Service, amenities, and ports-of-call all come with that undeniable layer of ‘pixie dust’ when you cruise with Disney."


Kirshan Murphy's insight:

When looking for travel options for families, a cruise is a fun and cost effective way to go.  This article breaks down many reasons why you should consider Disney Cruise Line for your next family trip.  Let us know in the comments any of your own family cruise experiences with Disney.


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: