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Carnival Corporation creates three original TV series for national networks – A cruise industry first to expand market

Carnival Corporation & plc has announced it has created three original TV programs that will air on major networks on Saturday mornings beginning October 1. Representing a first in the cruise industry, this innovative communications approach builds on the company’s strategy to highlight why traveling by ocean to experience global destinations has become one of […]

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Viking Star: This ship boasts a crew that any company would envy

  ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – We have all heard the adage, “Happy wife, happy life.” (Gotta admit, I’ve always liked that one.) But in cruising, the more appropriate saying is “Happy crew, happy ship.” And the Viking Star is one happy ship. In all my years of cruising, I don’t think I have ever […]

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Mission accomplished: Crystal Serenity completes 32-day Northwest Passage journey

(Image courtesy of Crystal Cruises) More than three years after the inception of the immensely ambitious plan to transit the Northwest Passage, Crystal Cruises’ luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity has completed the epic undertaking, arriving in New York City this morning. The successful voyage marks the first of its kind made by a large luxury […]

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The Viking Star: Taking a look at a typical veranda cabin

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – We just spent two lovely days in Denmark and today are in Stavanger, Norway. For most folks, the extensive touring in Berlin and Copenhagen wore them out a bit so spending yesterday in the little town of Aalborg was a welcome respite. After a short look-about town, it was a […]

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Cruising on high-decibel Harmony, with turbulent waterslides and the Ultimate Abyss

  There comes a time when the current leader of “Who’s Got the Biggest Cruise Ship” does not mean much. A few yards of steel here, an extra deck plopped on top there, has little impact on the review of a new ship, as long as the added steel is well utilized. You will hear […]

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Viking Star: Meals on board are very, very good and often have a Scandinavian twist

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – We are now well into this 14-day Baltic cruise on the new Viking Star and everyone is beginning to groan a bit. They are coming to realize that we have all been eating too much. The food on board is extremely good and varied and it is just too easy […]

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A memorable holiday trip on the Rhine aboard the AmaCerto

The AmaCerto joined Ama Waterways in 2012. (photo courtesy of AmaWaterways)

When I was a kid, the family friend who gave me my middle name (Marie) and braided my hair was from Germany. To keep my squirming to a minimum, Mrs. Schmidt used to regale me with German fairy tales and other stories while she did those taking-forever-to-do braids. Such a place as Germany seemed so […]

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The Viking Star: Several heavy days of touring makes everyone appreciate a day at sea

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR – After the end of our second day touring St. Petersburg, Russia – a full day tour from 9 to 5 – my Fitbit registered 13,236 steps. We certainly did stand and walk a lot exploring the palaces and gardens of the czars. But, hey, St. Petersburg is a bucket list […]

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Bigger waterpark, more outside dining, craft beers on Carnival Vista cruise ship

When a major cruise line brings out its first new ship in four years, the design, style and atmosphere onboard speak to how the company currently sees itself: This is who we are, now. While some North American cruise companies are moving more upscale or appealing to a more global clientele, Carnival Cruise Line plows […]

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The Viking Star: Many passengers choose multiple shore excursions on this popular Baltic itinerary

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR — We have only been sailing on the Viking Star for two days. We began in Stockholm and visited Helsinki today. In that time, we have experienced two of the included shore excursions that are another hallmark of Viking’s destination-oriented approach to ocean cruising. Taking another page from its long experience […]

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Two new 180,000-ton ships for Carnival Cruise Line will be largest ever built for the company and first in North America to be powered by liquefied natural gas

As part of a new multi-ship order announced today by Carnival Corporation & plc, Carnival Cruise Line is scheduled to take delivery of two new 180,000 gross-registered-ton cruise ships in 2020 and 2022 which will be the largest in the fleet of the world’s most popular cruise line. Both ships will be powered by Liquefied […]

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Viking Star: The spa makes a big first impression

ABOARD THE VIKING STAR –– We have not yet been on the Viking Star for 24 hours but she is such a nice size that we have pretty much explored all her nooks and crannies. And so far, she rates an A+. I came to find out why Viking Ocean Cruises received so many rave […]

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Baltic cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf: Stockholm, Sweden

ONBOARD WIND SURF- ­ Stockholm has always been my favorite Scandinavian city, going back to my first visit here in the mid-80s.  Spread out over 14 islands, it is a city of dazzling beauty ­ clean, green, cultured and cosmopolitan.  Attesting to that, the city has been honored as both the Green and Cultural Capital […]

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