Holland America Line funnels. Photo © Aaron Saunders 

It’s not easy to stay ahead in the cruise industry.  Ships like Oasis of the Seas have new passengers demanding amenities that would have been laughable five years ago.  So how do cruise lines continue to make themselves relevant to […]

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The birth of the modern cruise owes a great debt to Hapag-Lloyd‘s Albert Ballin, the line’s pioneering General Director.  It was he who decided, in 1891, to offer the world’s first week-long cruise to the Mediterranean.  Up to this point, ocean travel was viewed with the same disdain that accompanies modern-day air travel: it […]

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Carnival Spirit departs Vancouver, bound for Alaska Photo ©2009 Aaron Saunders

If Carnival excels in one area, it’s fleet deployment.  The line is careful to never over-saturate one area, and even plays its cards close to its heart in the already over-saturated Caribbean, choosing to offer cruises […]

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Crown Princess docked in Akureyri, Iceland Photo ©2009 Aaron Saunders

This past week, Princess announced the first details of what is to be their largest-ever European season in 2011. Offering 42 unique itineraries visiting over 135 ports of call, a total of seven itineraries are brand-new for […]

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 Mona Lisa at her Squamish, British Columbia dock. Photo ©2010 Aaron Saunders

October 1, 2010 is a very important date for older cruise vessels and their many followers, but not for a positive reason.  This is the date that new requirements, called SOLAS 2010, come into effect – […]

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Today, we were originally going to do an entry on the state of the Mona Lisa.  That was until we ran across this press release from Crystal Cruises.

Passengers on Crystal Symphony heading to St. Petersburg, Russia this summer are in for a treat: an overnight excursion to Star City, Russia’s former top-secret […]

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While the market for cruises in places like Australia, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and Asia is rapidly expanding, there is an area very close to home for many North American cruisers that has seen a substantial decline in rapid years: West Coast cruises, be they to Alaska, Hawaii, or the Mexican Riviera.

Alaska’s problems […]

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  Queen Mary 2 at Sea. Photo Courtesy of Cunard Line 

I love the QM2.

Frankly, I think it might just be the best and most exciting ship in the entire cruise industry – which is saying a lot.  And for 28 days in 2012, Australians get to […]

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The cruise industry can’t seem to get a break.

We’ve been following a situation that has been developing since last week’s devastating earthquake in Chile, resulting in hundreds of deaths and the closure or damage of much of the Chilean infrastructure, including Santiago International Airport.

The problem?  Star Princess was supposed to turn around […]

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Update: 1:09pm PST

A blog containing an extended version of the footage shown on CNN is notable in that it shows the progression of the seas before the accident.  

It also shows the moments just before the wave hit the ship.  It looks as though the lounge is in the […]

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