MSC Divina – Live Blog – Day 1

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This week I’m sailing aboard MSC Divina for four-night cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. I first sailed Divina in 2013 when it debuted in Miami. At the time of the sailing I wasn’t impressed. Back then (and now) the ship was beautiful, but the service and food left a lot to be desired. Let’s explore day one. […]

Cunard Receives Coveted Travel Award

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Cunard’s iconic flagship, Queen Mary 2 has received quite an honorable award in this year’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.  The magazine asked readers to evaluate individual ships on a variety of areas, including accommodations, dining, service, itineraries, destinations, excursions, activities, and value.  Queen Mary 2 came out on the very top on the list of Mega-Ship […]

MSC Announces Name and Details of New Ship

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MSC Cruises has announced the name of the second of their Seaside-generation smart ships – MSC Seaview!  Set to enter service in June 2018, she will spend her inaugural season in the western Mediterranean, with three major ports of embarkation – Genoa, Marseille, and Barcelona. The cruise line’s Seaside-generation ships are being built by Fincantieri shipyard […]

Holland America Ship Rewarded for Heroic Ocean Rescue


The captain and crew of Holland America’s ms Veendam were named “Seafarer of the Year” at the 2016 Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Awards.  The award comes after the ship and her crew rescued a pilot who ejected from his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean in January 2015. The “Seafarer of the Year” award recognizes the bravery, […]

7 Thoughts Cruisers Should Never Have in the Casino


On dry land, you couldn’t get me to watch Wheel of Fortune if you promised me that Vanna White was going to have a wardrobe malfunction and the bonus round category would be “Words that sound dirty but aren’t.” But on a cruise, I have a rule: If I’m walking through the casino and one […]