First Stop for World Navigator, Atlas Ocean Voyages

St. MAARTEN_After almost two, long, painful years, Pam and I are on an actual cruise. Pinch me — is it real? Yes, I can see the hotels, buildings and sandy beaches of this dual-nationality nation (Dutch and French) across the blue waves from our balcony. This is the first stop for World Navigator, a brand new ship from a brand new cruise line, Atlas Ocean Voyages. For the next 10 days, we’ll sail the Caribbean, visiting multiple …

Read more

Atlas Ocean Voyages Enhances “All Inclusive, All the Way”

MIAMI BEACH, Fla._The motto for Atlas Ocean Voyages is “All Inclusive, All the Way.” Now the cruise line that specializes in “luxe adventure” has enhanced that even more. At the 35th edition of Seatrade, Atlas President Alberto Aliberti announced their new “Atlas Assurance” program, which protects guests with medical, travel and legal coverage, in addition to emergency medical evacuation insurance. It is complimentary with the cruise fare. “We are delivering greater peace-of-mind to our guests with the …

Read more

Seatrade Cruise Global – World’s Annual Cruise Industry Gathering: “It’s Great To Be Back”

The overall theme was “building business back,” and it was noted more than two million passengers have cruised since the restart in August. It’s expected that ships will be at 80 percent capacity by the end of the year, with 120 ships sailing, providing more than 1.2 million jobs. MIAMI BEACH, Fla._The banner hanging above the Seatrade entrance at the Miami Beach Convention Center said it all: “It’s Great to Be Back!” It’s been two years since …

Read more

A Glimpse of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady

MIAMI_Pam and I are about to board Scarlet Lady, the first cruise ship launched by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages, and it doesn’t seem real. Mainly because we were originally set to sail on her in March, 2020. Then COVID changed everything for all of us. So, at long last, Scarlet Lady has made her way back to her home port of Miami, and is about to embark on her maiden voyage from here. While attending Seatrade, …

Read more

Debut of the Carnival Mardi Gras!

PORT CANAVERAL (July 31, 2021) — The sheer joy of the moment couldn’t be overstated. Not only was Carnival about to debut the largest cruise ship in its fleet, but also this port was about to see its first ship depart in 16 long months. Not to mention Pam and I were about to set foot on our first cruise ship in about the same amount of time. Happiness was evident all around, and nowhere more so …

Read more

An Interview with Aurora Expeditions CEO Monique Ponfoort

All Things Cruise recently caught up with Monique Ponfoort, CEO of Aurora Expeditions. Based in Australia, Aurora has been in the expedition cruise business for over 30 years, specializing in trips to the Arctic and Antarctica. Ms. Ponfoort’s career spans more than 25 years in the travel and cruise industry – including eight years in expedition cruising, managing the Asia-Pacific market. She was named CEO of Aurora last year. Tell us a little about the history of …

Read more

AmaWaterways Announces South America Sailings and All-Suite Ship, AmaMagdalena

Today, AmaWaterways, a leader in river cruising, announced their first foray into South America. Partnering with South America’s Metropolitan Touring, they will begin offering 7-night cruises of the Magdalena River beginning December 2023. Executives of both companies were on hand during a virtual press conference following the announcement, providing additional details. Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways, said the all-suite ship — to be named AmaMagdalena — would carry around 80 passengers. Schreiner said expect the …

Read more

Road Trip, Wrap-Up

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: Selfie, Gerry and Pam Barker Taking the Empire State Road Trip was everything we enjoy about a car vacation: Learning about new places and meeting interesting people along the way. And by using the Harbor Hotel Collection as home bases, you could easily pace yourself and still enjoy the best of what upstate and western New York have to offer. All …

Read more

Road Trip, Day 6

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: Boldt Castle, courtesy Gerry Barker It’s day two of our visit to the 1000 Islands and the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and we have another full agenda, starting with a trip to see a castle. As mentioned in the previous post, the 1000 Islands have been a playground for the rich and famous since the fabled Gilded Age in the late …

Read more

Road Trip, Day 5

~ The Empire State Road Trip, hosted by the prestigious Harbor Hotel Collection ~ Cover photo: 1000 Islands Hotel, courtesy Gerry Barker Our visit to Watkins Glen and the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel seemed all too short. Even though we had almost two days to explore the area, and packed a lot in, it didn’t seem nearly enough. We had hoped to squeeze in the nearby Corning Glass Museum and the Hawk Meadow Mushroom farm, but they’re …

Read more

Trusted by over 1 million cruisers since 2003.
Get FREE access to members-only pricing.
There is a highly acclaimed way to receive multiple quotes from a site called CruiseCompete, where cruise specialists compete to offer you the best deal. The media sums it up for CruiseCompete:
Score Luxury Cruises at Bargain Prices” (The Street)
Best site for cruise deals” (The Wall Street Journal)
28 Best Travel Sites” (Kiplinger's) Multiple annual mentions
36 Web Addresses You Should Know” (The Washington Post)