Live from Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner: First Impressions

I’m onboard Seven Seas Mariner for a cruise that takes us from Lisbon, Portugal, through southern Spain, southern France and northern Italy, before we disembark in Civitavecchia (Rome). The itinerary, which Regent Seven Seas calls “Celestial Sojourn,” is a pretty typical one for the cruise line, which specializes in luxury experiences in small ports. Check […]

Q & A: All About fathom, the First Voluntourism Cruise Line

The launch of a new cruise line is exciting news, and Carnival Corporation’s new fathom, the first cruise brand dedicated to voluntourism, is no exception. The new cruise line will offer sailings weekly out of Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic onboard Adonia, a 710-passenger ship Carnival Corp. is transferring from fathom’s U.K. […]

Five Awesome Features on Anthem of the Seas — and Nowhere Else

Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, debuted this week in Southampton in a whirlwind of two-night sailings that saw the ship christened in a music-filled celebration. Coming just six months after Quantum of the Seas debuted, Anthem is a near twin to its fleetmate, with only a few changes made either in […]

Cruise Shipping Miami: A Glimpse of What’s to Come

Cruise Shipping Miami is the world’s biggest gathering of who’s who in the cruise industry. Held every year in March, the three-day event brings together cruise line executives, media, speakers, port representatives, ship builders and retailers to talk about pretty much every aspect of cruising. A highlight is the event floor, held in the massive […]

Cruising Q & A with Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown’s enthusiasm for travel is contagious. It’s no doubt a big reason the noted expert has enjoyed a long career inspiring viewers of the Travel Channel. Fans of her shows are familiar with her positive personality and willingness to try just about anything — traits that could spark wanderlust in anyone. Brown, who said […]

Is Regal Princess the Ship for You?

Regal Princess, which debuted in spring 2014, combines sophistication in design with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  If you’re weighing your cruise ship choices and not sure where to start, we’ve got 10 reasons you might consider Regal Princess. Regal Princess might just be the perfect ship for you if: 1. You like to walk on […]

Just Off the Gangway: 5 Surprises from Norwegian Gem

My experience cruising with Norwegian has been limited mostly to the line’s newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. So when I decided to take a vacation on Norwegian Gem, built in 2007, I was thrilled to check out one of the line’s smaller ships (Gem carries 2,394 passengers, while Breakaway and Getaway carry 4,028 […]

Just Back From… Quantum of the Seas: Fitness Onboard

There was a time when the fitness area on a cruise ship was roughly the size of a closet. Equipment consisted of a few rusty pneumatic machines, a self-propelled treadmill or two and maybe a giant stationary air bike that produced more noise than sweat. Thankfully, cruise lines got the message that their passengers wanted […]

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