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Carnival Corporation adds third berth to Cozumel pier, will increase its cruise ship brands’ visits to popular port

Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest travel and leisure company, officially opened an all-new, highly anticipated expansion of its operations in Cozumel, Mexico, adding a third berth to the company’s pier at Puerta Maya, the most popular cruise destination in the Caribbean. With an investment of more than $20 million, […]

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Oceania Cruises unveils 2016-17 winter itineraries featuring 60 new destination-rich itineraries and 19 new ports of call

The 2016-17 Winter Collection revealed by Oceania Cruises today represents the most diverse and extensive array of itineraries offered by the line, due in part to the addition of Sirena, the newest ship in the fleet.  In late 2016 and early 2017, the Oceania Cruises fleet will crisscross six continents with a series of destination-rich […]

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Intro to American Cruise Line upper Mississippi cruise aboard the Queen of the Mississippi

Twice in recent years I’ve joined paddlewheeler cruises from New Orleans to St. Louis and thoroughly enjoyed those slow-paced voyages along the lower reaches of America’s mother of all rivers. So now it’s time to see the rest of Big Muddy, from St. Louis to St. Paul. My vessel of choice for this 7-day voyage, […]

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National Plan A Cruise Month kicks off #CruiseSmile: A chance to win one of 31 amazing cruise vacations

October is National Plan a Cruise Month and the cruise industry is celebrating by launching #CruiseSmile, a simple and exciting chance to win one of 31 cruise vacations from 23 different cruise lines awarded each day, from October 1 through October 31, 2015. Anyone can enter each day during the sweepstakes by simply submitting a […]

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Do you know an expedition travel pioneer? Were you, a family member or someone you know on Lindblad’s pioneering expedition to Antarctica almost 50 years ago? Renowned expedition travel company searching for memorabilia for celebrate 50th anniversary

In 1966 Lars-Eric Lindblad led the first ever citizen-explorer expedition to Antarctica – at the time it was almost as extraordinary as a lunar launch would be today. It also marked the creation of the category of expedition travel.  He opened up the remote regions of the world and countless opportunities for so many, helping […]

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October 2015 – great cruise deals

The Regal Princess (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Destination: Northern Europe What:  10 nights Regal Princess When:   June 10, June 21, 2016 Prices:   from $2,149 per person. What Else You’ll Have to Pay:  Rates include port charge, government tax additional. Where you Go:  Sail round-trip St Petersburg Russia to Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin with 3 days at sea. Why This is a Deal:   Free Gratuities, Free Specialty Dining […]

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A Day in Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the Canadian Maritimes, is a popular stop for cruise passengers. Halifax is the capitol of Nova Scotia and has a population of about 414,000. The city often ranks high on the lists for quality of life. And if it’s good to live there, then it seems reasonable that it would be […]

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New cruise port, Amber Cove, to open on the north coast of Dominican Republic-Tours planned to an untapped region

In the mountains near the north coast of the Dominican Republic, our canopied tour bus stopped on a shady country road for a visit to a four-room, wood house of a family of five. A fifth room, the kitchen for making beans, chicken and rice, was in a separate building so as not to spread […]

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Princess Cruises Presents Kindle Love Stories-Three Free, Original Romance Stories Set Aboard a Princess Cruise Available in October

The romance of the high seas has been the backdrop for some of the most famous love stories. Now, Princess Cruises has teamed up with Amazon’s online romance community Kindle Love Stories to offer guests three free, original stories to enjoy during their cruise vacations and special sailings with bestselling romance authors. The short love […]

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Artsy Oslo-Art and architecture shine along the fjord in Norway’s capital

By Katherine Rodeghier It’s a cow all right. White with black spots, a calf sliced open head to tail, preserved with Formaldehyde and suspended in a clear case, its innards revealed for all to see. Animal lovers might freak, but this passes for art in an edgy museum in the toniest neighborhood of Oslo. Shocking, […]

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CruiseCompete Flourishes, Celebrates 12th Anniversary With 14 Million Consumer-Requested Quotes, Attributes Success to Excellent Consumers Reviews

Over a decade of success: that’s what CruiseCompete celebrates this month with its 12th anniversary. While countless other consumer-oriented websites have come and gone during this time, CruiseCompete continues to thrive. Why? Cruise travelers who use the site to research and plan their cruise vacations have their expectations exceeded and then recommend CruiseCompete to friends […]

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Cruise follies, foibles, TMI, TLI and unexpected discoveries

ABOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISING OFF JAPAN – All in all it was a great cruise on the Diamond Princess, stopping in ports we had never heard of in northern Japan and even in Russia, thanks to some obscure law or regulation that nobody can quite get their head around. But no cruise is complete […]

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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises

AT SEA ABOARD THE DIAMOND PRINCESS OFF THE COAST OF JAPAN — Jessica Maraesca at age eight is already a bonafide cruise expert. But she has one big advantage—her dad Fabrizio Maresca is the Captain of the Diamond Princess, commanding a crew of 1,050 and celebrating his 15th anniversary with Princess Cruise Line. In fact, […]

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