St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, a Mainstay for Cruise Ships

MIAMI BEACH, Fla._Pam and I had our first truly memorable travel experience during the honeymoon we spent in the Virgin Islands. We started with a week on the smallest of the islands, St. John, where we had a tent for $10 a night in the national park at Cinnamon Bay. With its pristine waters and pure white sand beaches, it was paradise. Fast forward many years, and many trips back later. I am meeting at Seatrade with …

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American Melody Sets Sail on Inaugural Voyage on Mississippi

COURTESY Cruise Industry News Sept. 7, 2021: American Cruise Lines has announced the kickoff of the American Melody’s inaugural season. The cruise line’s newest riverboat departed along the line’s longest Mississippi River cruise on Friday, Sept. 3. According to a press release, its guests celebrated Labor Day Weekend exploring the lower Mississippi as they embarked along American’s 22-day Complete Mississippi River Cruise. The cruise was originally scheduled to operate from New Orleans, LA, to St. Paul, MN, …

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MSC Cruises’ First Ship To Sail From Port Canaveral Approved To Resume Cruise Operations After Successful Completion Of Simulated Voyage

MSC Cruises to enter brand new U.S. homeport when MSC Divina begins cruising from Port Canaveral beginning September 16, 2021 Guests can select from 3-, 4- and 7-night cruises to The Bahamas & Caribbean, including stops at MSC Cruises’ private island destination Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve   COURTESY MSC: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2021) — MSC Cruises, the world’s third largest and fastest growing major cruise brand, has announced that its glamorous ship, MSC Divina, …

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Celebrity Cruises Returns To “The Great North” – Celebrity Millennium sets course for Alaska’s awe-inspiring glaciers and inside passage

COURTESY Celebrity Cruises: SEATTLE – (July 23, 2021) – For globetrotters who had set their sights on a dream vacation to Alaska, the wait ended today as Celebrity Millennium set sail from Seattle, Washington, to take guests on a seven-night itinerary exploring the renowned natural beauty of the Last Frontier. The voyage is the first of a series of 11 sailings roundtrip from Seattle through the beginning of October, and one of the first to return to …

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12 Cruising Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting Ports

This isn’t your first rodeo. You are a veteran traveler. You might have persuaded friends to join you on your latest cruise. They don’t have your level of experience. Here are a dozen common sense lessons to pass along when the ship docks and they bound down the gangway, eager to explore each port. Do – Carry proper ID. You have your cruise ship card. Pack your passport or a copy of the relevant pages. Your ship …

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Small-Ship Alaska With Uncruise Adventures (CruiseCompete Cruise Podcast #4 with Debi Lander)

Tune In with CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein as he interviews travel journalist and photographer Debi Lander about her different type of Alaska cruise on small-ship cruise line UnCruise Adventures. On this active voyage, hear about getting up close and personal with humpback whales in Glacier Bay; porpoises and bears; the northern lights; kayaking among calving glaciers; hikes to waterfalls; and Juneau highlights. Click here to tune in to the podcast! See Debi Lander’s stories & photos about …

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How a Free TSA-Precheck Membership Can Help You Breeze Through Airport Security (CruiseCompete Cruise Bite #4 Podcast)

Tune In with CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein to CruiseCompete Cruise Bite #4 podcast and find out about TSA-Precheck. No one enjoys waiting in line, especially as part of a long day of travel. Fortunately there is a very easy way to breeze through security at US airports. In this podcast, Bob tells you about a program called TSA Pre-Check and how to sign up for a five-year membership for free. Click here to tune in to the …

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