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 […]

A or F: Does Carnival Triumph Make the Grade?

Sometimes you just want a quick getaway, good company, yummy food, a couple of laughs and strong Margaritas. Cruiser TexasGail understands that itch and found her recent sailing scratched it just fine. Despite earning only a C+ for food, her Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival Triumph left her and her husband chuckling about toasters and […]

3 Cool Apps for Exploring Port on Your Own

Scenic Tours, which offers nearly all-inclusive Europe river cruises, recently announced it will be rolling out GPS-led port tours in various locations. That means it could be significantly easier for passengers to sightsee independently at their own pace — without getting lost or spending money on private tours. We think it’s a novel concept, and […]

Is One Really the Loneliest Number on a Cruise?

We’ve done a lot of solo sailing, but for some folks we understand: It can be a daunting proposition. That’s why we’re impressed by reviewer of the week furrygirl‘s willingness to throw caution to the wind — off her booked balcony cabin for two — when her sister bailed on their cruise to Alaska. Despite […]

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