A Royal Birthday Splurge

It’s okay to splurge once in a blue moon, as long as you plan wisely. Member MrsB05 and her husband had been making arrangements up to a year and a half in advance to celebrate her milestone birthday on Serenade of the Seas. A luxurious two-night retreat in New Orleans’ French Quarter prior to disembarkation [...]

Big-Ship Cruisers Experience Love at First Sight on the River

After itching to try a river cruise for quite some time,  member phoenix and his wife decided to take the plunge. Extensive research on Cruise Critic and TripAdvisor led them to AmaWaterways‘ AmaPrima, although with the ship being fairly new, insight and member reviews were limited..

We Try It: A Non-Dancer Takes on Holland America’s DWTS Theme Cruise

You don’t have to be a dancer or a fan of the ABC show to fall in love with Holland America‘s new Dancing with the Stars: At Sea program — although, if you’re on any of the line’s themed cruises, you will most likely leave as one of them. The program, which launched February 2013, [...]

Live From….Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars Theme Cruise

Theme cruising has been on the rise in recent years, and perhaps no cruise line has tapped into the trend more than Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars program. Launched in February 2013 on Eurodam, the line features a series of dance competitions throughout the fleet, with 15 finalists selected to vie for the coveted [...]

A Seasoned Cruiser Gets Daring

“Some of my best experiences have occurred when I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone,” member queenL said after a recent cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. In need of a quick kid-free escape, she and her husband planned the four-nighter to Cozumel and were feeling adventurous. It was her 22nd cruise. And [...]

Transatlantic Cruisers Snag a 15-Night Bargain

The stars aligned for member teecee60 when he stumbled upon an irresistible deal on a 15-night transatlantic sailing on Celebrity Reflection, just 10 days before embarkation. He and his girlfriend had vowed not to plan another cruise for a few months, but the cost couldn’t be beat. As soon as the price dropped, teecee60 hit [...]

Testing the Waters on Miami’s Newest Addition

When MSC Cruises announced one of its ships would be sailing roundtrip from Miami, many American cruisers grew curious about how the Italian line would adjust to its North American surroundings. Member mkazmer was one of them. Although she and her husband had tried MSC before and decided it wasn’t for them, an outstanding offer for [...]

Poll Position: Cruise Line Private Islands

If you’ve been to a cruise line’s private island, you know it’s a far cry from your typical Caribbean port (and even those less visited)…. There are no cobblestone streets reminiscent of Old San Juan, planes soaring over beaches as you’d see in St. Maarten or resorts and chain restaurants dotting the coastline. Instead, passengers [...]

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