Cruise Gift Cards: Lines That Let You Give the Gift of Cruising

‘Tis the season to start thinking about the cruisers on your holiday shopping list. In the last two weeks, both Princess Cruises and Tauck rolled out new gift card programs, and with Black Friday looming, it’s time for a quick roundup of similar products. Read on for a list of popular lines that feature gift [...]

11 Silly Signs Spotted While Sailing

I have a thing for signs, and I’ve seen my fair share of interesting, funny and just plain strange ones during my cruise travels. Below are a few examples, indicating what’s permissible to flush down the toilet, what not to do with a motorcycle and what will become of you if you’re caught smoking.

Live from….Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken: 6 Surprises

I’m currently aboard Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken, sailing the line’s northbound Norway coastal voyage from Bergen to Kierkenes. It’s both my first time to Norway and my first time sailing with an expedition line that focuses mainly on destinations, rather than onboard bells and whistles. Read on to see what I’m finding most intriguing about the ship [...]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Cool Things to Do on Martinique

Martinique, an island in the French West Indies, has seen marked cruise growth in the last two years. In fact, business is booming so much at Fort-de-France’s two terminals — recently upgraded to accommodate Quantum of the Seas, which will call on the port for four sailings in 2015 — that a feasibility study is [...]

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, [...]

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