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Martinique Travel Show

The French island of Martinique staged its first-ever virtual Travel Show this week, welcoming more than 1,000 virtual guests and exhibitors to discover this picturesque “Island of Flowers” and “Rum Capital of the World,” located in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. Among the topics drawing the most interest was the status of the cruise industry. In her keynote address, “The State of the Cruise Industry in the Caribbean,” Lisa Cummins, senator and Minister of International…

How We Keep in Touch With Our Cruising Friends

We make friends easily. On every cruise we meet at least one couple who become long term friends. The pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into keeping up relationships, but has also opened up lots of opportunities. Editor’s Note: See cruises available for booking now here Our biweekly e-mails. We have about 20+ “cruising friends.” Usually we send a Christmas card and a chatty e-mail every three months. During the pandemic we moved to a biweekly frequency….

The Great Alaska Comeback: Royal Caribbean To Sail The Last Frontier This Summer

Returning Favorites Serenade and Ovation of the Seas Begin Sailing from Seattle July and August Courtesy Royal Caribbean: MIAMI, May 21, 2021 – Royal Caribbean International’s U.S. comeback marks its first step forward with the cruise line’s return to Alaska this summer. Today, the cruise vacation company announced plans to launch its Alaska season with 7-night cruises – roundtrip from Seattle – on returning favorites Serenade and Ovation of the Seas, beginning July 19 and August 13,…

Holland America Line Announces Plans to Restart Cruising to Alaska from Seattle in July 2021

COURTESY of Holland America Line: Seattle, Wash., May 20, 2021 — Following passage of the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act, work with Alaska government officials, and recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Holland America Line is announcing plans to restart cruising to Alaska in July roundtrip from Seattle, Washington, aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Bookings are open for the 11 Saturday departures that will operate from July 24 through Oct. 2. The seven-day “Alaskan…

Vatican opens Holy Door extra year at Spain’s Cathedral of Santiago

Walking the Camino de Santiago was a long-time goal of Stacy Eull. But when the Minneapolis woman completed the pilgrimage on Oct. 26, 2019, she had no idea that COVID-19 was just around the corner and world-wide travel would be curtailed. “The pilgrimage was hard,” Eull admitted. “But I’m so glad I did it. I had heard about the pilgrimage for years but I never had time off from work to do it. Too many responsibilities. I…

Celestyal Cruises Announces Its Deployment For 2022-2023

New Celestyal Experience Cruise Ship to Debut March 2022 on “Three Continents” Sailing; Followed by Reimagined “Eclectic Aegean” Itinerary Introducing Kavala, Greece Courtesy Celestyal Cruises: ATHENS, GREECE (May 18, 2021)-Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for cruise travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean, announces that its new flagship, the Celestyal Experience will set sail beginning on March 05th, 2022 with the seven-night “Three Continents” itinerary. The flagship vessel was added to the fleet…

Ten Practical Lessons I Learned From Decades of Cruising

We are getting close. I’m confident we will all be going back to sea shortly. There might be new procedures, but the best parts should be as good as ever. Based on decades of experience, here are some practical lessons I’ve learned. When departing foreign ports, get into the country a day early. There’s an old saying: “Time to spare, go by air.” When something goes wrong in air travel, it’s often a big problem like bad…

UnCruise Adventures Is Sailing In Alaska This Summer

About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures is a responsible travel and adventure leader in the small boat industry. They operate boutique yachts and small boats carrying 22-86 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, Columbia and Snake rivers, coastal Washington, Galapagos, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize and Colombia. Your Health & Wellbeing To ensure the health and safety of guests and crew, UnCruise Adventures has implemented a requirement for fully vaccinated cruises and additional safety…

U.S. Senate passes legislation to enable Alaska cruising this summer

Courtesy Travel Weekly: By Johanna Jainchill |May 14, 2021| The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation that temporarily relieves cruise ships sailing in Alaska of the Passenger Vessel Services Act (PVSA) restrictions for as long as Canada’s cruise ban is in place. The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act , sponsored by Alaska’s Republican senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, only applies to large cruise ships taking passengers between the states of Washington and Alaska. The PVSA, enacted in 1886,…

MSC Virtuosa Arrives In Southampton, Ready To Restart Cruising In The UK

MSC Cruises’ latest flagship, MSC Virtuosa, has arrived in Southampton, her homeport for the summer, ready to restart cruising in UK on May 20 MSC Virtuosa will embark on her maiden voyage around the British Isles She will become the third MSC Cruises ship back at sea, sailing 3- and 4-night mini cruises, before starting 7-night sailings around the UK Courtesy MSC Cruises: Geneva, Switzerland (May 13, 2021) – MSC Virtuosa, MSC Cruises’ latest flagship, has arrived…