Odyssey of the Seas Prepares For Inaugural Cruise

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After multiple setbacks and delays for Odyssey of the Seas’ debut, the ship will finally set sail on her inaugural voyage on Saturday, July 31. The Quantum Ultra-class ship will depart Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow on an eight-night southern Caribbean cruise, kicking off a season of six and eight-night voyages to the western and southern […]

Inside Carnival’s VIP Party for Mardi Gras [PHOTOS]


It’s hard to imagine a more highly-anticipated ship than Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras. After a delay of over a year — remember, her original launch date was summer of 2020! — the company finally rolled out the red carpet to allow around 800 guests to explore Mardi Gras‘ venues, sample the tasty treats she has to […]

Viking Resumes Cruises on the Seine and Rhône Rivers in France

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Viking has officially resumed river cruises in France, marking the latest milestone as the company restarts cruising operations in Europe. Guests are now embarking on cruises on the Seine and Rhône rivers for the “Paris & the Heart of Normandy,” “Lyon & Provence,” and “France’s Finest” itineraries. The company’s “Chateaux, Rivers and Wine” itinerary in […]

Holland America Takes Delivery of New Flagship

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Holland America took delivery of its new flagship Rotterdam today, making it the 11th ship in the fleet. A handover ceremony took place at Fincantieri’s Marghera, Italy shipyard on Thursday evening. The ceremony was attended by the ship’s master, Captain Werner Timmers, and Cyril Tatar, Holland America Group’s VP of newbuilding services. The CEO of Fincantieri Giuseppe […]

Royal Caribbean Adds Testing Requirement For All on U.S. Cruises

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Regardless of your vaccination status, if you’re sailing from a U.S. port on a Royal Caribbean ship during the month of August, you’ll be required to arrive with a negative COVID test result. As COVID-19 cases are surging again in most states, the line has released an “Important Update For Guests” on sailings five nights […]

Carnival Horizon, a Journey in Photos Day 4: Sea Day, Part 2

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Editor’s Note: While the following was written during the Carnival Horizon sailing which set sail on July 18, it took a while to go through the hundreds of photos I took and figure out which ones to use for this different style of trip report. Although there are only two sea days on this cruise, that’s one […]

Cruise News Today — July 30, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Mardi Gras Prepares to Set Sail Carnival Cruise Line’s newest ship is preparing to set sail this weekend. Mardi Gras will finally depart Port Canaveral on her long-awaited maiden voyage tomorrow.  The seven-night cruise will call at San Juan, Amber Cove, and Nassau, and include three sea days. Disney Reveals More Details on Adults-Only Areas […]