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Live Updates from Celebrity Infinity This Weekend

Celebrity InfinityThis weekend (Feb 8 2020) we're doing something a little unusual and setting sail for just two nights.  We'll be departing from PortMiami on Celebrity Infinity and heading to Nassau and back.  It's a short cruise for sure, but we're looking forward to a weekend getaway, and exploring a Millennium Class Celebrity ship.  In the past we have sailed Celebrity Constellation (also Millennium Class), but it's been a while, and with several Celebrity Edge sailings in the past year or so, and a seven night on Celebrity Equinox, it's funny how quickly our memory has become fuzzy... read more

Cruise Lines International Association Puts Out New Statement on Coronavirus

CLIA Coronavirus StatementCruise Line International Association (CLIA), is a nearly 50 year old organization, which is the world's largest cruise trade industry associated.  All major cruise lines are members, along with countless other businesses and professionals.  They've just released a new statement about the industry's efforts in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.  You can read their statement below, and our thoughts at the bottom of the post... read more

Staying on the Ship While in Port

Ships in Port in CozumelSometimes we cruise for the destinations, like the beautiful sights in Alaska or the clear waters of the Caribbean - other times we cruise for the onboard experiences available on mega-ships, or the unparalleled service offered on luxury lines.  No matter why you're taking a particular cruise though, there may be ports of call that are less interesting to you than others, and if that happens, you have options.  We'll address some common questions below, but make sure to check out some examples of cruise activity schedules at the bottom of this post. read more

Virgin Voyages and Disney Cruise Line Might Have Something In Common - And it Could Make Them Very Successful

Virgin Voyages and Disney Cruise Lines Have Something In Common - And it May Help Make Them a Success

Virgin Voyages is a new cruise line from Richard Branson's Virgin Group, and of all the things they've received attention for, perhaps none have got the internet's attention as much as the fact that they're restricted to adults only - no one under 18 may sail.  Disney Cruise Line has been around since 1998, and much as you'd expect with the Disney brand, they get much acclaim for their family experience, and how they cater to children.  These two lines may seem quite different at first glance - and they are, but there is one thing in particular they have in common, and it may very well help to make Virgin Voyages quite successful. read more

Norwegian and Other Lines Denying Boarding to Recent Travelers to China and Those in Hong Kong with Fever

Coronavirus Screening for Cruise PassengersMultiple cruise lines are now denying boarding to guests who have been to mainland China (and in some cases Hong Kong) in the past 14 days.  Affected parties are being offered 100% future cruise credit by the lines.  Additionally, some lines are putting heath screening procedures in place at some ports.  **This post has and will continue to be updated as cruise lines release statements** read more

El Cozumeleño Resort, Cozumel, MX - Quick Video Walk-Through

El Cozumeleño ResortOn our January 2020 Brilliance of the Seas cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, we purchased day passes to El Cozuemeleño resort.  For about $50 you get  great pool area, a beach, top-notch service, and quality food and drinks.  Towels do cost $5 extra - which we found a bit odd.  Below is a video walk through as we describe just some of the amenities.  Matt over at Royal Caribbean Blog has more information on this property, and we discussed our entire cruise on a recent episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast. read more

Keeping Travel Advisories in Context

Travel Advisories Explained - Image of Port in Ocho Rios JamaicaThe US State Department issues advisories to inform travelers about potential risks in different places in the world.  This could be because of crime, political unrest, or other concerns.  Safety is important, but so is context and common sense. Let's go over what you should keep in mind when looking at travel advisories and in general, thinking about safety and security during your travels...   read more

Grand Cayman's Public Buses - An Unexpectedly Easy Way to Get Around

Grand Cayman BusesThe Cayman Islands are gorgeous with a lot to offer, including the famous Seven Mile Beach.  Getting around any new town can be intimidating, but luckily, Georgetown Grand Cayman has a public bus system that is quick, inexpensive, and easy to use.  We've been to Grand Cayman many times over the years, and in addition to it's gorgeous beaches, great diving, and peaceful atmosphere, it also offers high prices on many things, including cabs and tours.  If you know where you want to go through, such as Seven Mile Beach, Hell (mail a post card, leave, tell your friends), West Bay Beach, or maybe one of the great restaurants in town, you can be there as quick as any private car, and for only $2.50... read more