A Legacy That Lives on in the Galapagos Islands

It’s not often that you get a new ship (36 years in fact), so Galapagos specialist Metropolitan Touring thought they would mark the occasion not with the usual bottle-smashing and ceremony, but in a more meaningful way. The line decided to mark the passing of its old ship – Santa Cruz – and the arrival […]

Is Carnival Conquest Just a Party Ship?

Carnival Cruise Line brands itself as the "fun ship" cruise line, but among many cruisers, it has more of a reputation for operating "party" ships. The distinction between the two is a bit blurry. Carnival touts its we-don’t-take-ourselves-seriously atmosphere by placing a high value on laughter, evidenced by its comedy clubs and silly poolside games […]

Just Back From: Windstar Cruises’ Wind Spirit in Tahiti

Is this the best cruise in the South Pacific? Possibly. After a week onboard Wind Spirit — Windstar’s vessel which sails from Papeete every week — we found the cruise to be a hard-to-beat combination of dazzling destination, plus swoon-inducing ship. Escaping from the usual path of Pacific Island itineraries, Windstar Cruises presents a more […]

5 Cool Things about Princess Cruises’ North to Alaska Program

I’m recently back from an 11-night cruise tour of Alaska’s Inside Passage from Anchorage to Vancouver, on Star Princess. My sailing was part of Princess Cruises’ latest destination immersion program called North to Alaska. As a first-time cruiser to Alaska, I was excited to see how this program celebrated local culture on the ship (when […]

Just Back from AmaWaterways’ AmaSerena: Hits & Misses

We’re just off a Danube River cruise with AmaSerena, the latest ship from AmaWaterways. Like Viking River Cruises with its Longships or Scenic with its ‘Space Ships’, AMA has a series of modern, sleek ships that are all but identical, (though they have not followed the fashionable trend of giving the ship series a name). […]

5 Cool Things about a Seattle Seahawks Football Cruise with the 12s

The 12s – the notoriously loud and passionate fans of the Seattle Seahawks football team – made waves this week, as Princess hosted its first cruise for the Emerald City’s football fans. Departing from Seattle on June 20, the seven-night itinerary on Crown Princess touched down in Southeast Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia, giving participants […]

Hits and Misses from a Svalbard Cruise

Quark Expeditions is one of the world’s specialists in polar travel, offering small-ship itineraries in Antarctica, Greenland, northern Canada, Norway, Iceland and even the North Pole. Though there are other expedition lines operating in many of these regions, Quark has broken new ground in recent years by introducing unique adventures such as paddleboarding in Antarctica […]

Just Back from Carnival Glory: A Mom Goes on A Girlfriend Cruise

A Caribbean cruise with the kids sounds fun, but sometimes you just need a break. See what you can do–and won’t have to do–on a weeklong “girlfriend cruise.”

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