7 Ways to Avoid Post-Cruise Charges

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No one likes debarkation morning. You get up early, get off the ship, and it’s back to reality. One of the first things you see when you get out of bed that morning is the folio — the piece of paper that tells you how long you’ll be paying off your vacation. That folio usually means that […]

Bet On It: Princess Cruises To Offer Real-Time Sports Wagering

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In what it is calling a ‘first’ at sea, Princess Cruises has unveiled Ocean Sportsbook, a new, real-time sports wagering option onboard its ‘MedallionClass’ ships.  When the ship is in international waters, or wherever permitted by law, guests will be able to use the MedallionClass app on their smartphones or tablets to wager on major […]

Holland America Names Captain of Upcoming Cruise Ship

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Holland America Line has named Werner Timmers, a captain with nearly 40 years of sailing experience for the cruise line, as captain of Rotterdam when the ship debuts this summer. Captain Timmers will head to Rotterdam in the coming months for sea trials, and then relocate to the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy to oversee the ship’s […]

Things to See During a Port Call in Victoria, British Columbia

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Victoria, BC may be more than 4,500 miles from London, but stepping off the ship here might have you thinking you’ve landed in England. The British Columbia capital, located on the southern end of Vancouver Island, honors its connection to the crown with architecture, gardens, cultural centers, street names, and pubs that are all decidedly […]

CDC Rule: Cruise Passengers Will Be Required To Wear Masks


Many cruise lines have already announced they would require face coverings in public spaces upon return to service. A new order issued by the CDC on January 30th appears to take that decision entirely out of the hands of cruise lines and make doing so a requirement. The order says that people must wear a […]

MSC Takes Delivery of Newest Cruise Ship

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MSC Cruises took delivery today of its newest ship, MSC Virtuosa, during a private flag ceremony held at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. During the small ceremony between the shipyard and the cruise line, MSC Virtuosa received her official flag and blessings for good fortune. The ceremony was attended in person by MSC […]

Cruise Radio News Briefs — February 1, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Carnival Breaks Ground on New Terminal Carnival Cruise Line broke ground on its new Terminal F at PortMiami on Friday. The terminal will be home to the upcoming Carnival Celebration. Carnival’s president Christine Duffy was there.  This will be Carnival’s third terminal at PortMiami, and is expected to be completed in time for the ship’s debut […]

Carnival Cruise Ship Sends Inspirational Message to Guests

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With four simple words, crew members aboard the Carnival Dream sent a strong message of hope and inspiration to the passengers currently unable to sail: “We will be back.” Their Simple, Powerful Message The simple sentiment could not have been better timed. The banner carrying the words, which had been hand-painted in Carnival’s signature colors […]