Cruising Excursions Answers European Tour Questions

We recently had a chance to chat with Cruising Excursions on the phone, and found some questions to ask them concerning European cruise shore excursions.  Here’s what they had to say. How can we skip the lines in Rome? Our popular Vatican Visit and Rome Highlights tour includes entrance tickets for the Vatican and Sistine […]

Holland America Takes Delivery of Koningsdam

Holland America Line took delivery of ms Koningsdam today, March 31, 2016, officially making it the first Pinnacle-Class ship in the fleet. The signing ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Following the signing, the Dutch flag was raised on the ship for the first time. Koningsdam is registered in the Netherlands.   The […]

Royal Caribbean Ship Scores Perfect Health Inspection

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Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas scored a perfect bill of health during a recent health and sanitation inspection in Port Everglades, Florida. To earn a perfect score, cruise ships must receive perfect marks on all 44 items that comprise the United States Public Health’s comprehensive Vessel Sanitation Program checklist. The unannounced inspections, which are conducted […]

Carnival’s $49 Deposit Sale Ends at Midnight

Today is the final day of Carnival’s Early Saver Sale that can get you a stateroom deposit for as little as $49 per person (not available on all sailings). The Early Saver rates include up to 20% off Fun Select Fares plus Free Price Protection on all sailings. Deposits: 2 to 9 day sailings: $49 per person […]

Carnival’s Plan to Get You on Their Ships

Believe it or not, only about 20 percent of people in North America have ever been on a cruise… a fact that Carnival Cruise Line would love to change. But how do they go about convincing people to step aboard for the first time? “That’s a great question,” admits Mike Julius, managing director of sales […]

Are Bigger Cruise Ships Really Better?

Need proof that the days when shuffleboard was the most exciting thing on tap for cruisers are long gone? Look no further than the details Norwegian Cruise Line recently released in regard to Norwegian Joy, their first ship specifically built for the Chinese market. It will feature a top-deck, two-level racetrack with electric carts… hovercraft […]