NCL’s forthcoming Norwegian Epic. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

At first sight, the appearance of the newest ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet may strike many longtime cruisers and maritime enthusiast as decidedly un-ladylike – particularly considering her name: Norwegian Epic.  Lacking a true [...]

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Need a Laugh?

On April 28, 2010 By

John Heald, Carnival’s Senior Cruise Director and author of the “Blog Thingy”. Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.

A quick scan of the today’s headlines is enough to make even the most happy-go-lucky person reach for a stiff drink.  At the turn of the century, an “ocean voyage” [...]

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Plug n’ Cruise

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Holland America’s Zaandam in Vancouver on April 27th. Photo ©2010 Aaron Saunders
The arrival of Holland America Line‘s Amsterdam and Zaandam at Canada Place on Sunday and Tuesday respectively, marked the start of the 2010 Alaska Cruise season in Vancouver.  But the port didn’t sit [...]

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Fueling Debate

On April 27, 2010 By

Guests onboard Fred.Olsen’s Balmoral. Photo © 2009 Aaron Saunders 

Anyone who set foot on a cruise ship in 2008 remembers two words that stuck fear into their hearts: fuel surcharge.  With the price of crude oil hitting record highs, lines were forced to being charging a per-passenger, per-day [...]

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The brand-new MSC Magnifica. Photo courtesy of MSC Crociere S.A

At the start of the month, MSC Cruises quietly updated their website.  In the process, the Naples-based line added so many unique features that prospective cruisers can see better than ever exactly what makes the line and their [...]

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Oceania vessels at sea. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises 

It seems lately that as one line announces plans to leave the West Coast, another announces their intentions to visit the region for the first time.  In this case, the latter can be said of Oceania Cruises, which [...]

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Mariner of the Seas in Cabo San Lucas on January 12, 2010. Photo © 2010 Aaron Saunders

Royal Caribbean announced yesterday that the days spent off the sunny Pacific coast of Mexico are numbered for Mariner of the Seas.  Come January 2011, Mariner will sail around South [...]

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On Wednesday, when the officers on watch onboard Carnival Ecstasy noticed what looked like a submerged bouy directly in their track, they took immediate action to avoid collision as the ship returned to Galveston after another successful Caribbean cruise.

The degree of the turn needed to correct the vessels course, however, was such that [...]

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 One of the five-night Western Caribbean itineraries. Illustration courtesy of Royal Caribbean

During all the hubub over the largest airspace closure over Europe since the Second World War, Royal Caribbean quietly made a unique addition to its Caribbean lineup for the Fall 2011-2012 season: the [...]

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With thousands of flights across Europe canceled due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, travelers looked for alternate methods of transportation: rail, car, and yes, ship.

In fact, it didn’t take people too long to realize that Cunard‘s Queen Mary 2 had just begun her regular transatlantic crossing schedule, sailing six, seven, and eight-day [...]

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