Just Back From….Norwegian Breakaway: Vegas at Sea?

For a long time, cruise industry executives have maintained that their competition for passengers is not other cruise lines. What cruise travel is up against, we’ve heard over and over, is the massive casino resorts of Las Vegas and the theme parks of Orlando. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Allure of the Seas certainly qualify as [...]

Just Back From… A Holland America Alaska Cruisetour: Hits & Misses

Many first-time cruisers to Alaska don’t realize a typical Inside Passage voyage visits only a fraction of the 49th State. For those who want to dig deeper into Alaskan history, culture and wilderness, a cruisetour — a land tour that’s tacked on to your sailing — might be your best bet. We spent 12 days [...]

Just Back From….Celebrity Summit: The Line’s Test Ship?

Launched in 2001 and “Solsticized” in 2012, Celebrity Summit is certainly not the newest ship in the line’s fleet. But what’s unusual about the Millennium-class vessel is that the line often uses it as a testing ground for pilot programs in dining, entertainment and services. On our recent seven-night cruise to Bermuda, we asked Hotel [...]

Just Back From…..A French Barge Cruise: 5 Surprises

I cut my nautical teeth on ocean cruises, followed by numerous river cruises on vessels carrying around 200 passengers. But for my last trip, I took my first barge cruise aboard one of CroisiEurope‘s four boats operating in France (24-passenger Jeanine, practically sharing my name), a lesser-known and smaller – in every sense – sector [...]

Just Back From … A Douro River Cruise: Hits & Misses

The big surprise about Portugal’s Douro River – the most vibrant in this part of the Iberian peninsula, is why it’s not on the top of every cruise traveler’s bucket list. Gorgeous and relatively untouched by tourists, this laid-back waterway is surrounded by medieval history, sprawling and steeply terraced vineyards, and dramatic rocky gorges. Our [...]

We’re Onboard: Q&A with George Takei

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the helm. And that’s exactly what George Takei, social media icon, gay rights activist and actor most famously known for playing helmsman Sulu on the original Star Trek, is doing aboard the Queen Mary 2. Part of Cunard’s Insights speakers series, Takei will partake in several events [...]

Just Back From…. S.S Legacy, a “Softer” Small Ship Adventure

Durable hiking shoes: Check. Water-resistant clothing: Check. Adventurous spirit: Check. These are only a few requirements for an expedition cruise. Sounds pretty intense, huh? You might be surprised. Many cruisers (including first-timers) are under the impression that expedition cruising is solely a whirlwind of an adventure, trekking up steep terrains, kayaking through narrow waterways and [...]

Destination Spotlight: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Icy Strait Point, one of Alaska’s newest ports of call, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and that may not mean much. Certainly, more established tourist stops, like circa-19th-century Skagway and Juneau, would seem to have the historic advantage. But to our surprise, our first-ever visit to Icy Strait last week felt more historically layered [...]

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