Last year, Windstar Cruises performed the first phase of a multi-million dollar makeover on Wind Surf, the largest ship in the fleet.  Intended to modernize and revitalize the onboard Windstar Cruises product, the refit was […]

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With my Caribbean voyage on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic just a little over one month away, I have begun the final stages of preparation.  This usually involves going online to research and pre-reserve shore excursions, dining options, and other wonderful things I might […]

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“Would you like to see our Animal Lounge?”

It’s not a question that pops up every day.  As a matter of fact, I’d never heard of an “Animal Lounge” before my conversation with Lufthansa’s friendly Canadian press representative, though some of my past workplaces might have fit the bill. She went on to explain […]

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It’s official: after a single year hiatus, Disney Wonder will return to Vancouver, British Columbia as the homeport for her 2013 Alaska season.

After entering the Alaskan cruise market for the first time in 2011 out of Vancouver, Disney Cruise Line announced they would switch homeports in 2012, opting to base […]

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You’ve probably heard about “peak” and “off-peak” cruises.  Peak cruises typically take place during the highest point of demand for a particular region, while “off-peak” sailings occur during the less-desirable shoulder season and often come for a substantially discounted price. Where the line blurs, though, are for destinations like the Galapagos Islands, where the sun […]

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Wine and cruising go hand in hand, which is why Silversea has tapped two renowned wine experts to host the line’s Wine Enrichment program on six individual voyages this year.

Lyn Farmer and Richard Nurick will guide guests on the finer points of the grape as they sail aboard Silversea’s luxurious Silver Cloud, Silver […]

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The numbers are impressive: 1,081 feet long. 133 feet wide. 4,100 passengers and 1,753 crew spread over 18 decks, holding more than 20 dining options and nearly as many bars. Two sets of 3-lane bowling alleys.  Multiple waterslides, including the largest bowl slide at sea. Curved staterooms, spa staterooms, villa suites and funky studio inside […]

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Back in December, we had the good fortune to be in Honolulu at the same time as Norwegian Cruise Line‘s unique Hawaiian queen, the 2005-built Pride of America. Our ship tour was notable for two reasons: the ship, and the Port of Hawaii had some of the friendliest port officials and security personnel […]

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Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes and see all the technical details of how your cruise ship really operates? For most of us (including keen journalists like myself), such a tour is off-limits on many cruise lines, but Kongsberg Maritime has a fantastic video on their YouTube account that just […]

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We originally wrote this article back in October 2011, but with the Costa Concordia tragedy, more and more people are emailing us to ask: exactly what is a Voyage Data Recorder, or VDR?  Here’s the piece we ran […]

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