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5 Basics of Bringing Your Own Wine Onboard Your Cruise Vacation

Cruising can feel like one continuous party. To paraphrase an airline ad, “That’s what we are going for!” You might wonder about bringing your own wine with you on vacation. Doesn’t it make sense to cut out the middleman and drink your own? The answer is “yes and no.” The cruise lines prefer you drink their wine, not your own. If you buy duty free liquor onboard, it is usually delivered to your cabin the night before…

10 Misconceptions People Can Have About Cruise Vacations

The cruise industry has been building new ships. The Icon of the Seas, christened in January by Royal Caribbean, carries 7,600 passengers and 2,350 crew. There are about 323 ocean-going cruise ships in operation worldwide as of November 2023. In 2024, it is estimated 36 million passengers will take a cruise vacation. This might imply the message has gotten out: Cruising is for everyone. Yet you can still find good deals. This means there are people who…

That’s the Spirit! ~Sea Cloud Cruises’ Sea Cloud Spirit Brightens the Gloomiest Skies

It seems that so many of the things I love originated in Europe: my favorite music, cuisine, literature, art and, now, thanks to Sea Cloud Spirit, one of my favorite ships. On my recent seven-day cruise, even a significant number of rainy, windy and downright cold days couldn’t dampen guests’ Sea Cloud spirit as we sailed from Portsmouth, England, to Dublin, Ireland. A Small Ship…With Everything You Need: Sea Cloud Spirit’s public spaces are the epitome of…

Our 14-Day Journal Onboard Queen Anne, Cunard’s Newest Ship

14 days is not enough time! We recently returned from our 14-night voyage around the British Isles on Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne. Two weeks might seem like a lot of time, but there are so many options we discovered there was simply not enough time to fit everything in. Background: We flew JFK to Heathrow, took the National Express bus to Southampton, stayed at the MOXY Hotel overnight on Thursday, boarding the ship on Friday, May…

Captain Inger Klein Thorhauge Talks About Cunard’s Queen Anne

Inger Klein Thorhauge has many reasons to be proud. She is the captain of the Queen Anne, Cunard’s first new ship in 14 years and the 249th vessel in Cunard’s history. She is also Cunard’s first female captain. During the recent voyage around the British Isles, Captain Thorhauge freed up time on her busy schedule for an interview for All Things Cruise. Q: Technology advances constantly. Queen Mary 2 entered service in 2004. It was built with…

Oceania Regatta review: Gold Rush Trails voyage from Los Angeles to Alaska and Vancouver

From Alcatraz to Alaska, our cruise aboard the elegant Oceania Regatta featured wondrous sights, fascinating shore excursions, comfortable stateroom, delicious dining, friendly crew and enjoyable onboard entertainment. And what a cruise it was. Our 12-day Gold Rush Trails voyage went from Los Angeles to Alaska and Vancouver with ever-changing sights. My brother Joe lives in Colorado and I live in Indiana so we met up at the Los Angeles airport and spent a restful night at the…

Cruise ship review: Jimmy Buffett’s laidback vibe celebrated on new Margaritaville at Sea Islander

Jimmy Buffett sings his hit song “Margaritaville” from a jumbo movie screen on the cruise ship top deck. Passengers cheer him with cold drinks while some shout “Fins up” while clasping two hands atop their heads for the traditional Parrothead salute. Although the beloved singer, songwriter, musician, author and businessman died Sept. 1, 2023, at age 76 after a long fight with a rare skin cancer, Buffett’s legacy continues to grow. A new ship in his Margaritaville…

Overall Review: Cunard Queen Anne Naming Ceremony Voyage ~So very much to like!

Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne could be Cunard’s best ship yet. Lots of thought went into the design because it is a balancing act between preserving the traditional and appearing to future generations. There is very much to like about Cunard’s newest ship, Queen Anne.  Overall Score: 96/100 There will be many articles written about Queen Anne, Cunard’s first new ship in 14 years – 4th  in the fleet and 249th in the company’s history. How does it measure…

Holland America Line’s Eurodam Featured on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ Airing June 12

Holland America Line’s Fresh Fish Ambassador, Chef Morimoto, makes a surprise appearance and prepares a meal for the “cheftestants” SEATTLE (June 6, 2024) — Holland America Line’s Global Fresh Fish Program will be in the spotlight next week as the Emmy-, James Beard-, and Critics’ Choice Award-winning Bravo series, “Top Chef” airs from on board Eurodam in the Caribbean. The episode, scheduled to broadcast Wednesday, June 12 on Bravo, will feature a special appearance by Holland America Line’s Fresh Fish…

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