Big Changes to Popular Music Line-up on Holland America

Holland America is making some changes to its very popular entertainment lineup starting this year.  The cruise line, very much known for its music, will be altering its partnerships with some land-based entities and such changes will have a fleet-wide effect. It looks like “Lincoln Center Stage” a venue on many Holland America ships which […]

Cruise line Brings Back Popular Behind-the-Scenes Tour

“Behind the Fun,” a very popular behind-the-scenes tour on Carnival cruise ships is making a triumphant return in February.  Brand Ambassador John Heald broke the good news on social media and Carnival fans everywhere rejoiced.  The ultra-popular 3 ½ hour on board excursion gives guests an inside look at crew areas such as the galley, […]

American Company Wins $400m Suit from 4 Major Cruise Lines

Four Florida-based cruise lines have been ordered to pay over $400 million in damages to an American company for “trafficking in stolen property” in Cuba, according to a recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom. The cruises, operated by Carnival, MSC SA, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian, had been sailing to Cuba and using port […]

British Cruise Line and Dating App Partner Up for Love Over 50

Like their prospective clients, this new partnership is a match made in heaven.  In one corner: The embattled Ambassador cruise line.  The British upstart with two ships and a burning ambition to create legendary vacations with hardware that is past its prime. In the other corner: OurTime- A British dating app geared toward creating love […]

It’s World Cruise Season!

Its World Cruise Season!  We’ve all heard about these “world cruises” and as cruise fans, who hasn’t thought of hopping on board and taking a 100-plus day trip around the globe?  Well, for passengers of the 5 ships mentioned below…that dream is about to get real.   Holland America Zuiderdam is on it’s 128- day […]

Carnival China Cruise Shipping Company Staffs Up

The China State Shipbuilding Corporation and Carnival Corporation have teamed up on a venture they are calling Carnival China Cruise Shipping (CSSC).  The recent naming of East China sales director Chen Yinglan, along with other key appointments is an indication that the new company is gearing up to start operations.  The cruise line will operate […]

Deal Extends Live Hockey @Sea Though 2025

Cruising fans of hockey rejoice everywhere! The NHL and broadcast company Sport 24 have agreed to continue its coverage of hockey through 2025.  Sport 24 is owned by IMG and provides onboard and in-flight broadcast coverage of many sporting events.  As part of the agreement, the network will show 250 live games per season, including […]

Gratuity Ambiguity- It’s Not “Just the Tip”!!!

At this point is so commonplace for these cruise lines to design policy based on the actions of their competitors, that their next upcharges and rate hikes are almost predictable.  Spoiler alert: By the end of spring, Royal Caribbean will be down to one stateroom cleaning per day.  That’s just one bold prediction from the […]

An Evening at Izumi on RCCL Explorer OTS

Since I had just gotten off of a non stop, action filled, 8 day party cruise on Allure of the Seas, I wanted to strip it down and simplify for this recent 6 nighter on board Explorer of the Seas.  This meant that I would limit my spending as well, so I opted NOT to […]

St. Lucia

St. Lucia is an island country located in the Caribbean- less than 4 hours by plane, from Miami. It is also part of the British Commonwealth. What the island is known for:  Piton Mountains, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, drive-in volcanos, waterfalls and breathtaking hiking trails. Top 5 attractions/excursions: The Pitons– volcanic plugs, which […]