Books that Influenced the Booking of a Scandinavia / Russia Cruise

I am a voracious reader and it is literature that will often sway me to a particular travel destination. It might be an article in Sunday’s New York Times travel section or a piece written in one of my favorite travel magazines. Though more than likely it’s a novel that I read which temporarily transported... Read More
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Holland America’s Latest Dancing Star…Florence Henderson

Here’s a quick update regarding Holland America’s incredibly popular "Dancing with the Stars: At Sea" theme cruises. Florence Henderson, aka Carol Brady of Brady Bunch fame, will join the “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” voyages it has scheduled for June 6 and June 13 on the Veendam. During the cruise, Henderson (now 81 years... Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line Takes Freestyle Cruising to the Next Level

Starting in January, Norwegian Cruise Line will include wine, beer, spirits and soda up to $11 in the cost of the cruise fare on Norwegian Sky. Cruisers also will be able to get unlimited beverages when visiting the line's private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay. This is quite the unprecedented move for a... Read More
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Updated Schedule for Carnival Live! Concert Series

Here it is…the list of upcoming performers for the wildly popular Carnival Live! concert series: The Band Perry: July 28 (Carnival Sensation), July 29 (Carnival Fascination), July 30 (Carnival Magic) Boston: August 19 (Carnival Sunshine); August 20 (Carnival Fantasy); August 21 (Carnival Sensation); August 22 (Carnival Ecstasy). Lionel Richie: October 14 (Carnival Freedom), October 15 (Carnival Pride) Heart: October... Read More

The Best Of The Best Shore Excursions From Celebrity Cruises

A really good shore excursion can take an already amazing cruise to a new level. Shore excursions can take us to unknown places, help us understand foreign cultures, offer a unique way of bonding with friends and family or provide us the means of a once-in-a- lifetime experience! Celebrity Cruises’ newly launched shore excursion program,... Read More

5 Reasons To Cruise Aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas

Beginning next month, Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas sails from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. If you still haven’t confirmed plans for this year’s summer vacation you must consider Liberty of the Seas! This Freedom-class ship is loaded from bow to stern with amenities the whole family will enjoy. Here are some of my favorites:... Read More

Enhancements To The Norwegian Star

The Norwegian Star recently returned from a two-week dry dock where she received a number of enhancements including new dining and entertainment venues. If you’ll be onboard for one of her summer European sailings, there’s a lot for you to look forward to! A while back when I was writing about the Norwegian Escape I... Read More
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Alaska Cruise or Cruise Tour?

Considering a cruise vacation to Alaska this year? If so, will a cruise cover all you’ve dreamed about seeing, or might you be better off looking into an Alaska cruise tour? Not sure of the difference? Let me explain. Alaska cruises that are round trip to/from the same port (Seattle or Vancouver) are referred to... Read More

Cruise Line Entertainment Takes a Bow

Living within an hour drive of New York City, I’m lucky enough to be able to enjoy some of the world’s finest entertainment at venues like Carnegie Hall, Radio City and Lincoln Center. Then of course, there’s the Great White Way; who would dispute that Broadway theatrical productions are the best in the world? So,... Read More

Farewell Splendour of the Seas

Royal Caribbean has recently announced that Splendour of the Seas, which debuted in 1996, will leave the fleet in April 2016. Despite my love for the Royal Promenade on Voyager-class ships, the distinct neighborhoods of the Oasis-class ships, and the glamour and technology of the Quantum of the Seas, Splendour will always and forever be... Read More