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10 Tips on How to Explore a Major Cruise Port City

What would you do if you arrived in a place and knew you might never get back there again? This should be the logic every cruise, vacation flier or business travelers should adopt when visiting a foreign city for the first time. Your approach should be structured, not thought up on the fly. Think about it: Airlines tend to fly into world business centers. New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Frankfurt are a few examples. Cruise…

Holland America Line Strengthens Love for Alaska With Guarantee of Glacier Viewings on Every Alaska Cruise and Cruisetour

New Glacier Guarantee™ allows guests to sail with confidence, knowing they’re guaranteed to see Alaska glaciers COURTESY HOLLAND AMERICA LINE: SEATTLE (May 1, 2024) — Holland America Line loves Alaska. Since 1947, the cruise line has led the way in showcasing the majesty of the state — including its magnificent glaciers. In fact, Holland America Line’s passion for Alaska’s glaciers runs so deep that the cruise line now guarantees guests will see one or more glaciers on…

Why Cruising is the Ideal Vacation for The Ages

One of the wonderful features about cruising is market segmentation. Different cruise lines target different age categories. You have heard about YUPPIES (Young Urban Professionals.)  You have heard about NINJAS (No Income, No Job, No Assets.) Have you heard about WOOFs? (Well Off Older Folks) Let us look at 14 reasons why your older friend (or their parents) might find a cruise so much fun, one cruise will lead to multiple cruise vacations every year. Cruise with…

REVIEW: VIKING RIVER CRUISE ‘PARIS TO THE HEART OF NORMANDY’ HAD ME AT HELLO!

As Humphrey Bogart said to Ingrid Bergman on that airport runway in Casablanca, “We’ll always have Paris” … … so an invitation to board one of Viking’s Longships in the City Of Light had me at ‘hello’ VIKING PRACTICALLY INVENTED RIVER CRUISING It seems impossible to believe that Viking sailed its first river cruises just 27 years ago. It’s true! In 1997, chartering 4 Russian river cruise ships. In no time at all, Viking invented its ‘Longships’…

FIRST CELEBRITY CRUISES GUESTS ENJOY PERFECT DAY AT COCOCAY

Inaugural calls by Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Beyond usher in offering of short, premium Caribbean getaways COURTESY Celebrity Cruises: MIAMI, (April 23, 2024) – Celebrity Cruises® guests visited Perfect Day at CocoCay, the number one destination in Royal Caribbean Group, for the first time, traveling aboard Celebrity Reflection® Monday, April 22nd and Celebrity BeyondSM Tuesday, April 23rd. The award-winning private destination introduced by sister brand Royal Caribbean International is part of Celebrity Cruises’ new short Caribbean itinerary…

Why People Repeat Cunard’s Transatlantic Crossing

I saw the original Star Wars movie seven times. This was not over a 40-year period, this was in the first couple of years following its 1977 release. It was a great movie. You saw additional details on each subsequent viewing. My future wife and I were dating at the time. She never understood my fascination with seeing the same movie over and over. Cunard has a similar success with the transatlantic crossing. The seven-night sailing from…

Review: Stax Museum of American Soul Music a Memphis Musical Landmark

Jim Stewart was a part-time fiddle player and bank teller who wanted to make music. His sister, Estelle Axton, was a schoolteacher who wanted to run a record store. Together they formed Stax Records — the “St” for Stewart, the “ax” for Axton. And the sounds from their modest recording studio set the music world on its ear. Their unique blend of soul revolutionized music and made their Memphis facility a mecca for musicians of all colors,…

Seatrade Cruise Global: Optimism Running High in the Cruise Industry and for Cruise Travelers

The cruise industry and cruise travel is booming. For further evidence, consider the just-concluded conference in Miami Beach, where over 11,000 people from 120 countries came together for four days. With the pandemic firmly in the rear-view mirror, optimism ran high as over 600 exhibitors showcased the latest in tourism, technology and innovative new products.   This is the 39th edition of the conference, the 29th held in Miami Beach, and, as usually the case, the highlight was…

Holland America Line Debuts New Stage Shows on Cruise Ships

A Tina Turner song puts the Holland America Line audience in high gear. Following are more songs by Enya, Kylie Minogue and former Las Vegas entertainer Lola Falana as sung by cruise line performers. Holland America Line is adding to its award-winning entertainment lineup with the introduction of four new mainstage shows in 2024. The concert-style productions are fronted by multi-talented headliners supported by an ensemble of singers and dancers. “We are excited to have a set…

PONANT Launches a New Catamaran, Spirit of Ponant, to Set Sail this Summer

Courtesy PONANT: April 9, 2024 | PONANT announces the latest addition to its fleet: the 24-meter Spirit of Ponant, whose intimate size and seafaring spirit nod to the brand’s roots in small-ship sailing. Built in France, the six-stateroom catamaran will set sail in Corsica in July 2024 before heading to the Seychelles for winter 2024. The intimate vessel will be available as a private charter for week-long voyages as well as on a per-cabin basis on select…

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