Cruise of a Lifetime: When Planning Is Almost as Fun as the Voyage

Be you bucket lister or wildlife buff, the idea of a Galapagos cruise pulses with animal magnetism. It’s a science fiction adventure — ship as time machine visiting a prehistoric land of black lava, alien cactus trees, swimming iguanas and giant tortoises. It turns out that pre-voyage planning, which includes ticking off items like “underwater [...]

A Long Way from the Caribbean: High Seas, HoHo’s and Haggis

sunluva7 didn’t get too much sun on her British Isles cruise aboard the 680-passenger Ocean Princess with her husband and their grown daughter. The Ireland and Scotland itinerary was a long way across the pond from their usual Caribbean and Bermuda cruises. Yet, despite the dreary weather, choppy seas and in-the-way sofa bed, the cruising [...]

Galapagos Cruise: Bug Spray and Blue-Footed Boobies

Three long flights, a $100 park fee and a liberal dose of insecticide spray made luvmytigs question whether her family’s Galapagos cruise was worth the effort. But once she boarded Enrichment Voyages’ MV Explorer she forgot the drama to get there. She evoked our green-eyed monsters when she told of fresh seafood aboard and abundant [...]

Alaska Cruise: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

After her southbound Alaska cruise on Island Princess, 21mel was able to put just about everything into three categories. The good included Princess for helping her sister, who missed the cruise because of an airline delay, catch up three days later — even refunding her ship days. Also good: the salmon and the pizza onboard; [...]

Luxury Down Under: From Cattle to Clotted Cream

Although most of us have experienced the serfdom of economy-class flight and being herded like cattle during embarkation, it was the remainder of CalifCruiser326‘s three-week luxury cruise to New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, New Calendonia and Australia on Oceania’s Regatta that left us drooling for the fresh scones with clotted cream at high tea, the Oholei [...]

In a Rush? This Passport Mistake Could Cost You

One oft-forgotten rule of international travel is that many countries won’t allow you to enter if your passport’s expiration date is less than six months away. It certainly was a rule that I forgot about until I was reminded by a cruise line that my European voyage next month would be null and void if [...]

The Trouble With Group Cruising — And What You Can Do About It

Thank goodness for morning trivia. At 10 a.m. each day on my last cruise, six out of nine people in my group gathered in Norwegian Gem‘s Magnum’s Champagne Bar, ostensibly to tackle the morning trivia session. What inevitably followed was a 10-minute powwow covering who was going to be where and when, and how we [...]

Cruise from Rome to Venice: That’s Amore

First-time Celebrity cruiser account4fun “LOVED” her Rome to Venice sailing aboard Celebrity Silhouette. It certainly didn’t hurt that she and three adult family members toured Rome for three and a half days prior to boarding the ship — they had a wonderful time and it put them in the right mood to cruise. But was [...]

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