Carnival Cruise Line Raises Gratuities

Effective September 1, 2016, Carnival Cruise Line is raising gratuities from $12.00 to $12.95. Guests who have pre-paid their gratuities as of May 9 will not be affected by the increase. This is the first gratuity increase since 2014. An email from company: Gratuities will be increasing from $12.00 to $12.95 per person per day for guests sailing […]

Holland America Kicks Off 2016 Alaska Cruising Season

Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam arrived in Seattle today, marking the beginning of the city’s summer Alaska cruising season.  The cruise line upped their Seattle calls to 55 this year, and three of their ships will be doing roundtrip Seattle routes.  Westerdam will arrive May 7, Amsterdam will arrive May 22, and Maasdam will arrive May 23 to begin their voyages to the […]

Carnival Vista Countdown, Day 2: The Suite Life

From the moment details about Carnival Vista began dribbling out, we knew this ship was going to be special. But our hearts really began pounding when we caught a glimpse of her sexy Havana cabanas and suites… all of which include exclusive daytime access to the Havana pool! Not Your Typical Balcony! The balconies in […]

Guy’s Burger Joint Opens on Land

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Okay, okay, okay. Technically it’s been on land for a while, but somehow we all have missed this until now? On Land Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri is opening another one of his famous (at least among Carnival cruisers!) and delectable Guy’s Burger Joint at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut this spring, according to a Live […]

Small Cruise Line to Debut Salt Cave Onboard

Alaskan Dream Cruises is getting their newest small ship Chichagof Dream ready for cruising season in June, and it will feature something incredibly unique for the cruise line – a Himalayan salt cave. These salt rooms are known for their holistic, natural healing characteristics, and can alleviate respiratory conditions, have detoxifying and calming effects, and promote wellness.  Currently, […]

Episode: Carnival Splendor 2016 Review + Cruise News

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”Carnival Splendor Review + Cruise News” artist=”Cruise Radio” social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ]Tina and her two kids just returned from a seven-night Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Splendor, one of Carnival Cruise Line’s Fun Ship. On this seven night sailing they hit the eastern Caribbean and got a complete run of the ship. Hear […]

What’s Included in an Amber Cove Cabana?

Amber Cove has four types of Cabanas that are available for guests to rent during their time in the Dominican Republic destination. They are Ocean, Poolside, Hillside, and Grand Cabanas. Here’s what they include, how many people they can accommodate, and how much they cost. Note: this article was updated with the latest information in July […]