Just Back From… Costa neoRiviera: 5 Things to Know About “Neo”

It’s a dilemma all cruise lines face: How do you update and refresh smaller ships that physically aren’t able to compete with the shinier and larger vessels plying the marketplace? With neoRiviera (and several other “neo” flagged ships in its fleet), Costa has made the smart decision to remake the cruising experience itself to cater […]

Destination Spotlight: 8 Quintessential Things to Do in Dubai

Not exactly known for its subtlety, Dubai comes at you with a host of superlatives. All developments in this construction-happy city seem to have an -st on the end (biggest, largest, most expensive, etc.). Designer labels and high-end brand names dominate; even the police officers drive Ferraris. Yet the Las Vegas of the Middle East […]

Observed Onboard: Wedding Photo Shoots Gone Mad

The first time the four brides showed up for the cruise ship tender in their wedding finest, we were entranced. Our group, onboard Louis Olympia (redubbed Celestyal Olympia just this week) for a four-night sailing around the Greek Isles, called out "congrats" to the beaming couples as we prepared to disembark for Mykonos. "They aren’t […]

Take a Chocolate Journey: Princess Pairs with Norman Love

The world, it seems, has gone crazy for chocolate. And we’re not talking Reese’s here. Sales of premium chocolate, the kind where cacao counts and cocoa “terroir” are proudly marked, are up around the globe, particularly in luxury-minded countries within Asia such as China and Japan. At least that’s the message that chocolatier Norman Love […]

Live from… Regal Princess: Reliving “Love Boat” Memories

Saturday nights followed a specific routine back in 1981.  Too young for a real job, too young to date, I spent most weekend nights babysitting at the Andersons’ house, earning pocket money so I could buy the oh-so-trendy designer jeans my parents refused to purchase. Once the kids went to bed, I, like many other […]

Norwegian Jade Crashes Clooney Wedding

Talk about your photobombs. During the hubbub last weekend on Venice’s canals for the George Clooney-Amul Alamuddin nuptials, Norwegian Jade sailed into the picture, its wild hull art clearly visible as the ship loomed above the water taxis ferrying wedding guests. @CruiseNorwegian, the official account for Norwegian Cruise Line, tweeted the photo out on Monday, […]

Destination Spotlight: 6 Things to Know About Cruising To Iceland

Known for its rugged landscape, hardy horses and smoke-belching volcanoes, Iceland doesn’t immediately come to mind as a prime cruising destination. Yet the North Atlantic island has seen an increase in visits, with two ports – Akureyri and Reykjavik – attracting four to six ships a week in the summer (including Princess Cruises’ largest vessel, […]

Just Back From… A Holland America Alaska Cruisetour: Hits & Misses

Many first-time cruisers to Alaska don’t realize a typical Inside Passage voyage visits only a fraction of the 49th State. For those who want to dig deeper into Alaskan history, culture and wilderness, a cruisetour — a land tour that’s tacked on to your sailing — might be your best bet. We spent 12 days […]

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