What Do I Need Cash For? 10 Reasons To Have Cash In Hand On A Cruise

Cruise ships strive to be a cashless society. We might eventually get to that point in the rest of the world, but it still makes sense to bring cash when setting sail on vacation. Here are 10 reasons you want cash in hand: Paying the cab driver. You took a taxi to the pier. That nice driver lugged those huge roller bags into and out of their trunk. You will want to both pay and top them….

Crystal River Cruises Celebrates Resumption of European River Cruising With Crystal Ravel and Crystal Debussy

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Crystal Ravel departs August 29 from Vishofen to cruise the Danube Crystal Debussy departs August 30 from Basel to cruise the Rhine COURTESY Crystal Cruises: Miami, August 29, 2021- Today, Crystal River Cruises, The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line, celebrated the resumption of European river cruise operations and its return to Europe’s beloved rivers as Crystal Ravel sailed from Vilshofen on a seven-night Danube itinerary featuring calls in Germany, Austria and Hungary, shipboard overnights in Vienna…

Hidden Values on Wine Lists

Doesn’t everyone want to be a star? To have that “aha” moment? You are seated at your table for eight in the main dining room. You are ordering a bottle of wine to be shared with your tablemates. You want to pick something that gets people saying “Wow! That’s good!” without breaking the bank. What do you do? Here are a dozen “hidden value” areas you will find on most wine lists, either at sea or on…

Scenic Eclipse Elevates the Ultra-Luxury Cruising Experience With New World-Class Ship Enhancements

Savings of up to 20% on select 2022 & 2023 voyages along with other incentives COURTESY Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours: Hollywood, FL and Vancouver B.C. August 2021 – Reinforcing its commitment to constant innovation and setting the benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising, Scenic has revealed details of new enhancements on board Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht™. Additional details, photos and videos are available at and Over the past 12 months, Scenic has refined…

Private Islands by Cruise Line ~ Live Like a Rock Star for the Day in Paradise

One of the greatest indicators of luxury is exclusivity, and most vacationers long for an experience that is set apart from all others. A visit to a private island certainly fits the bill. In fact, according to cruise experts CruiseCompete, the cruise lines’ private islands are the #1 port of call for their consumers. What makes these private island experiences so special, and what are the amenities of each? Here’s a rundown of some of the private…

What Are the Greatest Wines in the World (and Can You Try Them?)

Fine wine is up there with luxurious living. Occasionally you see articles about “The World’s Most Expensive Wines.” The prices look like phone numbers. You might consider these out of your price range and say “Let the billionaires fight over them!” We are (hopefully) emerging from the pandemic. It changes our values. Why can’t you have the experience too? Here’s the good news: Because of the increasing visibility of wine on ships, several might be available on…

Princess Cruises Announces Updated Return to Cruise Operations Timing for Island Princess and Diamond Princess  

COURTESY Princess Cruises: SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2021) – Princess Cruises, the world’s leading international premium cruise line is announcing updated restart timing for Island Princess and Diamond Princess. Island Princess will now return to service with a series of cruises to the Caribbean in spring 2022, prior to its 14-day Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean voyage on April 27, 2022. Diamond Princess will also return to service in spring 2022 with a season of Japan…

Holland America Line Announces May 2022 Return-to-Service Dates for Volendam and Zaandam~Zuiderdam will sail the Grand World Voyage in 2023

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COURTESY Holland America Line: Seattle, Wash., Aug 25, 2021 — Travelers looking to get back to sea on their favorite Holland America Line ship can anticipate a restart date of May 2022 for Volendam and Zaandam. The ships will join Eurodam, Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, Nieuw Statendam, Rotterdam and Zuiderdam, which have returned to service or are slated to restart cruising by November 2021. Holland America Line will restart the two ships in May when Volendam will explore…

SCENIC AZURE: The All-inclusive, Five-Star Way To Sail Portugal’s Douro River

I love Porto, Portugal, where I’m boarding Scenic Azure for a sailing down the Douro River. Bustling cafes border the river’s edge framing a riot of red-rooved pastel-colored buildings that climb high up into the hills surrounding us. Spires of gothic churches and palaces peek out above this colorful panorama and port tasting houses like Sandeman, Calem, Ferreira and Taylor call to us with bold, neon signage that somehow doesn’t seem out of place even against this…

Posh Digs At Sea … Deluxe Suites on NCL … Private Terrace, Custom Beverage and Food Selections, Comp Limo Service and More

NCL 3-Bedroom Garden Villa With up to 6,694 sq. ft., you have space for up to eight guests. Dine together as your butler serves a meal from NCL’s special Suite menu. Then watch the moonlight dance on the waves from your private terrace. Champagne, custom selection of liquor, fruit, bottled water and sodas. Complimentary limousine service from pier to airport. Available on Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Star. Cover photo: NCL 3-Bedroom Garden Villa tub area NCL Deluxe…

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