Live from….the Panama Canal: Finding the Best Viewing Spots

I’m currently onboard Royal Caribbean’s Legend of the Seas for a 15-night Panama Canal cruise. A few days ago, we made the eight-hour journey southbound, from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, through the 100-year-old waterway — one of the modern world’s most impressive feats of engineering. I learned lots along the way, thanks [...]

Observed Onboard: Norwegian Getaway’s Best Bars

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, boasts 18 decks and nearly as many bars. Whether you’re up for dancing into the wee hours, taking in a performance or just grabbing a relaxing after-dinner nightcap, there’s a venue for you. Read on to see which watering holes earned top marks on our recent cruise to [...]

Wining & Dining: The Truth Behind Cooking on Cruise Ships

A few weeks ago, I was in Houston to visit the Bayport cruise terminal, which on Tuesday welcomed Caribbean Princess as its first homeporting ship since 2006. During my stay at Royal Sonesta in the Galleria section of the city, I learned that the hotel’s executive chef, Peter Laufer, spent nearly a decade working in [...]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Things to Do in Galveston Before Your Cruise

There’s no doubt Texas is gaining popularity as a homeport state. Galveston, severely damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008, has recovered and currently serves as home base for Carnival Triumph, Carnival Magic and Mariner of the Seas (which will be replaced by Navigator of the Seas in November). With its historic buildings and clean beaches, [...]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Things to Do in Houston Before Your Cruise

There’s no doubt Texas is gaining popularity as a homeport state. Houston, which has seen only a handful of calls since Norwegian Cruise Line stopped using it as a homeport in 2006, has renovated its terminal facilities and is poised to permanently welcome Caribbean Princess next month. Offering more drive-to options for southern cruisers, particularly [...]

Live from….HAL Volendam: Crossing the Generation Gap

“Who the heck is Paul Anka?” I wondered aloud after having my rear end handed to me during trivia on Holland America’s Volendam last week. The voyage, which I had been anticipating for months, was full of firsts for me: first time in Alaska, first time cruising with Holland America and first time sailing with [...]

Unluck of the Draw: 13 Tablemates to Avoid at Dinner

I rarely choose the set-seating dining option when anytime dining is available, so I generally have the option of dining alone. But on the few occasions I’ve eaten with strangers, I had delightful experiences. I wondered: What’s with the stigma? Then, on one of my most recent sailings, my travel companion and I were stuck [...]

Poll Position: Extra, Extra, Read All About It

There’s been a lot of cruise news lately — some good, some not so good. With a bit of it getting national media attention via mainstream outlets, we sometimes wonder how much is too much. We were curious what our readers think, so we asked….

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