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SeaDream I Sets Out on First COVID-era Transatlantic Crossing Cruise
(2:25 p.m. EDT) -- SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream I has set out on the first transatlantic crossing of the COVID-19 era, traveling to Barbados via several European ports to kick off its recently-announced series of Southern Caribbean voyages. The 112-passenger SeaDream I called on the UK port of Portsmouth on Monday as part of its transatlantic crossing to Barbados. A total of 19 passengers embarked in Portsmouth after adhering to strict health and safety protocols, including obtaining a COVID-19 PCR test no less than 72 hours in advance and then going t
Carnival Sensation Cruise Ship Rescues Stranded Sailors off Florida Coast
(2:15 p.m. EDT) -- Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Sensation came to the aid of a vessel in distress off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida over the weekend. On Saturday as the 1993-built Carnival Sensation sat in international waters off the coast of Florida, it responded to a distress call from a small open-air vessel carrying 24 passengers. The crew of Carnival Sensation provided the stricken craft with blankets, life jackets, and food and water. When it became apparent that the smaller craft was taking on water, Carnival Sensation's crew launched a resc
Bahamas Paradise Outlines Resumption of Cruise Sailings in December, Hints CDC No Sail Order Might Be Lifted
(2:30 p.m. EDT) -- Florida-based Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines announced it intends to resume sailings December 18 between West Palm Beach and Freeport, Bahamas. The line also inadvertently hinted that the No-Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might be lifted after it expires October 31. "We're very pleased with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision to lift its No Sail Order on October 31st, 2020," Bahamas Paradise CEO Oneil Khosa said in a statement. "The past few months have been an incredible challenge for the
AIDA Restarts Cruises aboard AIDAblu in the Mediterranean
(12:40 p.m. EDT) -- AIDA will be the second of Carnival Corporation's cruise brands to restart sailings in the Mediterranean when AIDAblu sets sail October 17 from Civitavecchia, the port for Rome. The German-based line will begin operations in Italy, where it initially will sail weeklong voyages that visit Palermo, Catania, Naples and La Spezia. Sailings aboard the 2,050-passenger ship are scheduled to continue through November 28. AIDA is the second Carnival Corporation brand to restart in the Mediterranean following Italy-based Costa Cruises, which resumed a limited schedule of sailin
Protocols Employed to Contain COVID-19 Positive Cases on Costa Ship Charter
(10:55 a.m. EDT) -- Health and safety protocols developed by Costa Cruises seem to have contained a COVID-19 outbreak on a recent charter cruise, but the line has canceled a subsequent sailing on the ship, out of an abundance of caution. The incident took place on Costa Diadema, the second ship to re-enter service on the Italian line in the COVID-19 era. The ship, which can handle 4,947 passengers during a normal sailing, had been chartered by a much smaller French tour operator for several consecutive cruises.   The first sailing, with more than 600 charter passengers onboard, left Sept

How to Cruise

Cruise Activities You Can Re-create at Home: Shore Excursions
You've likely heard of armchair travel, but have you ever applied the concept to cruising? Ok, so maybe constructing a proper kids club will be a challenge, and mimicking a pool or hot tub in the dead of winter is a definite hurdle (does the bathtub count?). Regardless, there are a surprising amount of things you can do from the comfort of home to re-create your favorite cruise ship experiences. In our series, we'll prepare you to set sail on the S.S. Armchair. Your "at sea" agenda will be packed with cruise activities you can embark upon without leaving the house. First up, how to
9 Things You Don't Know About Your Cruise Ship Cabin
Whether you've never been on a cruise ship or have been on 50, we bet there's something surprising you don't know about your cruise ship cabin. Staterooms are a little more complicated than hotel rooms, and you can learn a few tricks of the trade to make them more user-friendly. Most people stumble upon them over time -- through self-discovery or getting tips from Cruise Critic readers on our message boards -- but we thought we'd speed up the process for you. Here are nine (sometimes unexpected) things the Cruise Critic team has learned about cruise cabins after hundreds of sailings
What Is Future Cruise Credit and How Can I Use It?
Future cruise credit (FCC) is a bit like store credit from a cruise line. Many times, in lieu of a direct cash refund, a cruise line will take the price of a refunded cruise and issue it as a kind of gift certificate to be used toward booking a new sailing. When cruises are greatly affected or canceled, or if passengers are given compensation for any reason, a nonrefundable future cruise credit is a common form of payment. The amount of FCC that a cruise passenger qualifies for is calculated on the base fare that they paid, less any taxes, fees, upgrades or additional purchases lik

Featured Destinations

Alaska
The 49th State, the largest in the U.S., is perfect for cruisers, with numerous opportunities to appreciate its vast natural beauty. Sail along the Inside Passage to visit the immense ice formations of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, as well popular ports such as Ketchikan, Skagway and Juneau, the only U.S. state capital that's not accessible by car. Or travel further north to the Kenai Peninsula and nearby Anchorage, a perfect jumping-off point for cruise tours to Denali, Fairbanks and Canada's Yukon. Maybe you'll see a bear! *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throu
Caribbean
With an island for every taste, the Caribbean is the ultimate place for relaxation. You'll find white sands and turquoise water throughout the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Some islands are lush, with rainforests and mountain trails, while others have desert climates and coral beaches. Wherever you visit, taste regional specialties such as conch fritters and get out on the water with snorkeling and sailing excursions. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruise industry, it is important to note that article information might
Mediterranean
From the pristine beaches and ancient ruins of the Eastern Mediterranean to the artsy and flavorful countries of the Western Mediterranean, this region is easily one of the most diverse in the world. Revel at Spanish and Italian architecture, soak up some sun in Greece, explore antiquities in Istanbul and Malta or get a taste of the French countryside on the outskirts of Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes. Some Med itineraries dip down into northern Africa; the Canary Islands are also a popular stop for repositioning cruises. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughou
Europe
Your biggest difficulty planning a European cruise is narrowing down where you want to go. A Western Mediterranean itinerary usually includes stops in Barcelona and Monaco, as well as ports in Italy. Eastern Mediterranean cruises encompass eastern Italy, Croatia and Greece, and sometimes even Turkey and Israel. A Baltic Sea voyage brings you to Scandinavia and Russia; the Norwegian Fjords carry their own beauty. Don't forget about British Isles cruises, which allow you to visit castles in England, Scotland and London. For sun lovers, it's hard to beat the Canary Islands. *A message from Cr
Canada & New England
New England and Canada cruises offer sophisticated, eye-catching ports of call. Take in the sights of the Atlantic Ocean coast, enjoy whale watching, and see the beautiful fall foliage. Newport, Portland and Bar Harbor are quaint towns with lighthouses and crab shacks. Explore Canada's Maritime provinces, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Finally, immerse yourself in French Canada with stops in Quebec's cities and countryside. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruise industry, it is important to note that
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