Blog

Take a Peek … Our 2021 Family-Friendly Cruise Travel Planner

Dear Readers, To see the online book version, please click here. While much has changed for the travel world, much has stayed the same. This book details quite a bit about the lovely cruises and the destinations they visit that will sail you around the world. There will be many changes and, while they keep evolving, we wanted to allow families and travelers to enjoy this book. In my opinion the cruise industry has always been very…

Why Do People Choose to Cruise Over the Holidays?

Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving are big holidays. They usually bring families together. After the pandemic, they will again. You get offers from your favorite cruise lines. Cruise over Christmas. Why do some people choose to cruise over the holidays? There are lots of reasons. Let’s consider a few: They are alone. Their children have moved away. They live on their own. The holidays are a quiet time of year for them. They don’t have close relationships…

Sun Princess, Outtake from ‘Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships’

CRUISING PHOTO of the WEEK (Outtakes) #28 – This outtake from my coffee table book ‘Cruising the World – From Gondolas to Megaships’ is Princess Cruise Lines’ Sun Princess at Doini Island in Papua New Guinea with passengers from the ship snorkeling in the warm tropical waters near the beach. A South Pacific island plantation resort in Melanesia’s Milne Bay province of Papua New Guinea, Doini is also known as Blanchard Island. Owned by an Australian, Doini…

Santa Rides New Roller Coaster on Carnival Mardi Gras

Yes, Virginia, there is a roller coaster on a cruise ship. And Santa Claus just rode it. Taking a break from his pre-Christmas gift making, Santa ventured down to Finland to take a test run on BOLT, the first-ever roller coaster at sea aboard Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras. The ship is being delivered at the Meyer Turku shipyard later this week. With enthusiastic shrieks of delight and a few hearty “ho-ho-ho’s: echoing throughout the shipyard, Santa zipped…

Which Are Better – Bigger Ships or Smaller Ships?

Ships come in all shapes and sizes. Watch “Below Deck” on Bravo and you see yachting elegance. The largest mega ships can easily carry 5,500 passengers. What are the pros and cons? Let’s consider small ships as a little bigger than the Valor or My Sienna, ships on the Bravo series. Let’s consider smaller ships like those operated by Silversea (300+ guests) or Seaborne (600+ guests). Bigger ships might be 2,000+ guests. In doing comparisons, lets assume…

Monsters of Rock: Operation Monster Beach, Starring Alice Cooper, Repositions to Two All-Inclusive Land-Based Resorts

The Cruise Show Must Go On! Heavy metal fans aren’t going to let a worldwide pandemic stand in the way of their fun.  With cruising at a virtual standstill, Monsters of Rock, which for a decade has been the ultimate seagoing celebration of the explosive world of hard rock and metal, is taking the party ashore! Originally scheduled to sail February 8, 2021 from Fort Lauderdale aboard Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas, next year, the Monsters…

MSC Cruises Reveals Summer 2022 Program, Offers 124 Ports of Call, 47 Countries With 83 Itineraries

Two homeports in the U.S for greater flexibility for embarkation / 10 ships deployed in the Mediterranean offering unparalleled choice of destinations and embarkation ports / Five ships to spend the summer in Northern Europe with stunning landscapes and fascinating cities designed to unleash a sense of adventure. Courtesy MSC: Geneva, Switzerland (December 17, 2020) — MSC Cruises today unveiled details of the program for the Summer 2022 season with sales opening today for the Caribbean and Mediterranean, while…

Missing the German Christmas Markets? 12 Ways We Re-created the Food and Atmosphere

Ever visit the German Christmas markets on a river cruise? Maybe you rented a car, checked into a centrally located hotel and took day trips to different markets. We did the latter. A lot. Like every year for almost 30 years. Then along came 2020. What Makes German Christmas Markets Special? Most European countries have Christmas markets. Consider it a reminder of ancient times when festivals lasted weeks. Unlike a state fair in the U.S., Christmas markets…