Just Back from…Costa Diadema: Hits and Misses

When you think of Italy do you picture strolling along the Italian Riviera? Perhaps you’re in a seaside bar sipping a bubbly Prosecco or — only if it’s breakfast time — a cappuccino. It’s that kind of Italian style that Costa Cruises works to capture in the line’s new flagship, Costa Diadema. The idea behind […]

We Try It: Ride the Rails, Before You Sail, on Rocky Mountaineer

Photos courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer “Bear on the left!” Like a kid, I can’t stop shouting and pointing at the black bear in the woods. Minutes later, bear gone, I’m scanning jagged mountain peaks for a glimpse of ice-blue glaciers. When lunch finally rolls around (second seating), I’m feasting on wild salmon while sipping chilled […]

The Luxe Life: Just How Inclusive is All-Inclusive?

All-inclusive cruising, which upscale lines have been touting in recent years, sounds fantastic. No chits to sign. No tips to pay. It’s the hassle-free way to go. But what’s really included—and what’s not? The answer depends on the cruise line. Azamara Club Cruises went the all-inclusive route last year, adding “select standard spirits” to their […]

Destination Spotlight: Cruisers Rediscover Mazatlan

It’s been two years since cruise ships—any cruise ships—have called at Mazatlan, Mexico. So on February 1st when our ship, Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest, docked at this vibrant Pacific coast port, it ranked as one of only a handful of recent cruise arrivals. No wonder everyone I met in “Mexico’s colonial city on the […]

5 Things to Expect on a Historical Theme Cruise

Step aboard the S.S. Legacy, Un-Cruise Adventures’ one-of-a-kind heritage-style ship, and prepare to enter a time warp. Added to the fleet in August, the 88-passenger vessel, previously named Spirit of ’98, focuses on historic programs onboard and in ports, following in the footsteps of early explorers, prospectors and pioneers along the Columbia and Snake rivers […]

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