These days cruise ships come in all sizes and colors, but not long ago this wasn't the case. To this day, when most of us see ships with dark colored hulls we think of them as more traditional looking, no matter what the age of the vessel. Why is this? Well, it has to do with how these great ships are powered, and the letters sometimes preceding ship names. Make sense? We explain it in this short video... read more
On June 19th, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the industry's largest trade association, issued the below release, explaining that member cruise lines have suspended service until September 15th, 2020... read more
Whether traveling together for a special occasion or just a group of friends taking a vacation together, cruise lines are great at catering to groups. In fact, there are programs that can pile on the perks when planning a cruise for a group - and they might even get you cruising for free - but you have to know how to fully take advantage of these programs. We’ll look at how groups work, and special considerations you should have when planning a cruise with family or friends... read more
Celebrity Captain's Club Members (past guests) can now receive invitations to take a short survey in exchange for "Power Up Points". These points can in turn add to guests' Captain's Club levels - which afford past guests various perks ranging from a free scoop of gelato, to discount laundry service, all the way up to a free cruise... read more
With cruise lines planning to start cruising while minimizing risks associated with COVID-19, Norwegian Cruise Line has released details of their new health and safety plan. We'll go over these changes, and explain what this means for your next cruise, and what you'll want to consider when making your plans...
In the 1970s, cruising as we know it today was just becoming a reality. Ocean liners and cruise ferries had long been sailing, but in the US, the idea of leisure trips on ships was only beginning to enter the minds of Americans with the recent creation of Norwegian Caribbean Line (now Norwegian Cruise Line) followed by Carnival Cruise Lines. As the public saw firsthand the massive scale and opulence of passenger ships that challenged the perception of floating craft for many, this combined with the intrigue of ocean liners still steaming the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, inviting satire. Few publications at this time were as popular and edgy as National Lampoons, so in their April 1974 edition, they included a “souvenir brochure” for the RMS Tyrannic... read more
Sometimes your cruise ship may be too large to dock at certain destinations. When this happens, you'll likely board a tender, which is a smaller boat, and take that to shore. In this video we go over everything you need to know about tendering...
The mayor of one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations has a plan for welcoming cruisers back to an island completely dependent on tourism. Having been locked down since March 17th with strict rules and great care to ensure the safety of residents, any plans to re-open must be equally as carefully orchestrated. read more