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First 8 Sailings of Carnival Mardi Gras Cancelled - Carnival's Newest Ship Delayed

Carnival Mardi Gras Delayed

Carnival Mardi Gras is a much anticipated ship.  Not only will she be the largest ships Carnival has ever built, but she'll have some impressive new features and concepts - some new to Carnival, and others new to the cruising world.  Those hoping to enjoy one of her earliest sailings however, will be disappointed to learn that her first eight sailings have been canceled... read more

High on the High Seas: Can You Bring Pot on a Cruise Ship?

Can you take marijuana on a cruise ship?

Public opinion on marijuana has evolved rapidly.  Whether for medical ailments or just for fun, use of marijuana in the United States is on the rise, and whatever one’s reason is for smoking pot, it doesn’t go away when it’s time for vacation.  The legal and practical implications of bringing pot or other THC-laden products on a cruise are very important to consider though... read more

Celebrity Edge Western Caribbean - Day 7 - Sea Day

Magic Carpet on Edge - Amazing Views

Since I was a kid I've found the final day of any cruise to be depressing, and while I've become better at this, I suspect it's like dividing a prime number: I'll never reach zero.  The good news is that the final day of our Celebrity Edge sailing was gorgeous, and I don't think we could have spent it any better than we did.  While relaxing, we also managed to check off a few items we'd neglected thus far into the sailing.  One of them you'll see, seems to have been word play... read more

Celebrity Edge Western Caribbean - Day 6 - Grand Cayman

Amazing Colors at Seven Mile Beach

Grand Cayman doesn’t have a cruise terminal, requiring ships tender (take small water shuttles) from the ship.  Some see this as inconvenient, but it’s also makes for a scenic way to arrive.  I went to bed last night hoping the weather would hold so that tender operations were able to take place, and in the final hour of our arrival, the sea smoothed out nicely. read more

Celebrity Edge Western Caribbean - Day 2 – Key West

Key West as Seen from Celebrity Edge

Waking up to a phone call letting you know that breakfast is on the way is a great way to start the first full day of the cruise.  What made it all the better?  Our infinite verandah.  Reaching over to my phone and pressing a button to open the blackout curtains, revealing a floor to ceiling view of a very sunny Key West was such a nice experience that for a moment, just a moment, I forgot I was hungover. read more

Celebrity Edge Western Caribbean - Day 1 – Embarkation Day

Champagne Sail-Away from Magic Carpet on Edge

Today kicked off the first day of our third cruise on Celebrity Edge.  We don’t often repeat ships so quickly, and while ship preference depends on circumstance and is highly subjective, you can absolutely take this as a sign of how much we enjoyed our past Edge experiences.  From the moment we booked this sailing though, we looked very forward to seeing what was different – an interesting game anytime you see a new class of ship from her very first sailings through to a more refined experience... read more