Video: Open Up and Say ‘Ahhhhhhhhhh!’

What’s 2,600 feet long, 500 feet high and way too expensive? That would be the Dragon’s Breath Flight Line, the show-stopping excursion at Royal Caribbean’s oasis in Labadee, Haiti. We took a break with other media participating in this year’s CruiseOne/Cruises Inc. conference onboard Allure of the Seas to zip down the line, which has […]

Cruising in 2012: Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas Ahead?

It’s a pretty simple formula for a good time: Get 700-plus cruise agents and vendors and put them on the world’s largest cruise ship. It makes sense, then, that this week’s CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. national conference onboard Allure of the Seas got off to rip-roaring start today. Sure, the agents are here to learn […]

Should You Fly In on the Day of Departure? Uh, No.

One of our favorite things: a cruise review from a reader and a valuable lesson. In one of our Reviews of the Week, member TylerRose, fresh from a 14-day Alaskan jaunt on Holland America’s Amsterdam, offers this tidbit: “I found flying to Seattle the morning of our cruise VERY stressful and I recommend, if at […]

Poll Position: And They Call It Puppy Love

Darn laptops and smartphones. It’s ridiculously easy (if not always cost efficient) to be away and still be connected to the world at large. Still, instant-messaging, Skyping and emailing can’t make up for that warm-and-fuzzy contact among cruise passengers and the people (and things) they left behind. So what or whom do readers miss the […]

Poll Position: Bargains in a Bottle. Or Not.

They’re so tempting: bottle after bottle of hooch lined up on shelves, purportedly at discount prices because they’re “duty free.” If we had a dime for every liter of alcohol we’ve bought at sea . . . well, we’d have a lot of dimes. But is it really a good deal? We asked readers what […]

Poll Position: Which of These 3 Can You Do Without?

What’s better than a cruise to Antarctica? Hmm … how about one to the Galapagos or a months-long voyage around the world? We gave readers three pie-in-the-sky cruise options and asked which one they’d be least happy to find themselves on. Of course, there was one other option … Please share this post!

Poll Position: Guilt vs. No Regrets

In some ways, cruising is all about overindulging. You’re not changing hotels or responsible from getting to the next destination or driving home after a boozy evening at the nightclub, so it’s easy to cut loose and do things you wouldn’t normally do on terra firma (ok, some people go overboard on land as well, […]

This Is What the Mississippi’s Newest Riverboat Will Look Like. Turns Out It’s Already Made a Big Splash.

We have to admit: We’re getting a little excited about American Cruise Lines’ upcoming Queen of the Mississippi, a new paddlewheeler slated to start plying Ol’ Man River in spring 2012. That’s a rendering above, and it looks just about what you’d expect a classic Mississippi riverboat to look like. But earlier this week, the […]

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