Norwegian Cruise Line’s Third Breakaway-Class Ship Shall Be Called …

NCL revealed last week that a third Breakaway-class ship will debut, in fall 2015. It’s currently called Breakaway Plus in reference to its added girth — the 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship will be some 11 percent larger than its 146,600-ton, 4,000-passenger half-sisters, Norwegian Breakaway (2013) and Norwegian Getaway (2014).

Norwegian Breakaway and Peter Max Ignite One Hull of a Debate

NCL‘s striking hull designs — featuring jewels, flowers, a radiating sun — have become something of a calling card. But none of the line’s previous liveries could have prepared us for Norwegian Breakaway, whose Peter Max-designed paint work was officially unveiled Tuesday.

Readers Not Sold on Carnival’s $50 Pay-for-Perks Scheme

Lately, it seems Carnival just can’t get anything right — at least as far as many Carnival loyalists are concerned. First, cruisers were disappointed with the new VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) past-passenger program. And then, just when the furor was starting to die down, there was yesterday’s announcement: The line will begin testing an [...]

Titanic Hoopla: Full Steam Ahead?

It’s official. The season for commemorating the centenary of the most famous foundered ship in history is here. While there have been occasional blips on the radar screen — like the auction of these artifacts, for instance — we haven’t noticed any iceberg-sized anticipation … until now, that is.

That Sinking Feeling? Kate Gosselin Gets Her Own Theme Cruise

Editor’s note: The Kate Gosselin cruise has been canceled as it failed to sell enough cabins. Booked passengers will receive a 100 percent refund. Roughly a year after her reality television show “Kate Plus 8″ was canceled, Kate Gosselin will set sail aboard Allure of the Seas on a weeklong Caribbean fan cruise in August. [...]

Curses! Readers Sound Off on Foul Language at Sea

“I care what my kids hear, and I don’t want them hearing f-words,” Jim Roscovius commented on our Facebook page, regarding a recent blog post on Carnival Liberty’s hits and misses. (One of the misses was on-deck f-bombing by a D.J. who played unedited music while small children were nearby.) The decent number of responses [...]

The Decline of Cruise Ship Elevator Etiquette?

“I have always wondered how common courtesy goes out the window when it comes to elevator etiquette,” begins a missive to the Sea-Mail inbox from Ria Maratheftis. “If I am waiting for an elevator & a few people come along & press the button, then why do they think they should be the first ones [...]

Elevators vs. Stairs: Where Do You Stand?

During our roving reporter’s recent live coverage aboard Voyager of the Seas, she put the ages-old elevator-versus-stairs debate to the test by conducting some research of her own. The face-off prompted nearly 70 Facebook comments, many proving that cruisers are a more athletic bunch than you might expect. And we took it a step further [...]

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