11 Things to Do in Icy Strait Point, Alaska

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Located on Chichagof Island, Icy Strait Point is one of the most natural cruise ports that you may ever visit. With outstanding views wherever you look, you will get a real feel for the grandeur of Alaska. Intent on keeping those views a part of the visit to Icy Strait Point, the docks have been […]

How to Spend 8 Hours in Juneau, Alaska

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The landlocked capital of Alaska welcomes many ships to its newly renovated docks. The downtown area continually improves and new options for visitors keep the area fresh even for those who have been to Juneau multiple times. Don’t just stay on the ship because you have been to Juneau before! Select a theme or mix […]

10 Things to Do in Skagway, Alaska

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Skagway’s compact size makes it an easy town for exploration and finding things to do. Surrounded by mountains, with many streams and rivers and within a National Park, Skagway lures both adventurers and casual visitors. Ships dock with easy access for discovering the port, a very walkable small town. Here are 10 things to do […]

Viking Ocean and Expedition Ships: 11 Similarities and Differences

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Viking expanded into the expedition cruising arena following success in both the river and ocean cruise sectors. The line follows a model that maintains consistency across its fleet. All of the ships in the same class are nearly carbon copies of previous ships. Viking has taken the best components of its ocean ships and combined […]

Review: Viking Octantis Expedition Cruise Ship

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Just The Facts Built: 2022 Size: 30,150 gross registered tons Measurements: 665 feet long, 77-foot beam Staterooms: 189 Capacity: 378 Crew: 256 Overview After having successfully launched both river boats and ocean ships, Viking entered the market with a sleek and stylish expedition vessel. Designed to navigate polar regions and the locks and canals leading […]

My 12 First Impressions of Viking’s New Expedition Ship, Viking Octantis

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Adding to its lineup of ocean and river vessels, Viking recently introduced the first of its expedition ships. Viking Octantis started sailing from Antarctica in 2022. I hopped on the ship in Barbados and sailed to New York City. Here are my first impressions of the newest addition to their fleet: 1. Octantis is a […]

My Dining Experience on Wonder of the Seas

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The world’s largest cruise ship can’t rest on its laurels because of its size alone. With over 20 restaurants, Wonder of the Seas serves a variety of culinary crowd pleasers in its specialty and complimentary dining venues. Specialty Dining With just a week aboard Wonder of the Seas, I knew that I wouldn’t be able […]

Overview of the World’s Largest Cruise Ship, Wonder of the Seas

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The Stats Registry: Bahamas Measurements: 1,188 feet long by 210 feet wide Size: 236,857 Gross tons Staterooms: 2,867 Capacity: 5,734 (double occupancy) 6,988 (full occupancy) Crew: 2,300 Overview It’s been several years since my last sailing on a ship in the Oasis Class, so waiting for the world’s largest cruise ship to start sailing again […]

Overview: My Experience on Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady Cruise Ship

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The Stats Built: 2020 Size: 108,192 gross tons Measurements: 277.20 meters by 38 meters Staterooms: 1,408 Capacity: 2,770 Crew: 1,146 Scarlet Lady made her sailing debut in October 2021, having been delayed due to the COVID pandemic. She currently sails a few itineraries from Miami, including to the Dominican Republic and Mexico, all with stops […]

My Dining Experience on Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady

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I recently took a voyage with my husband on Virgin’s first cruise ship Scarlet Lady. The hype about the dining on the ship intrigued me. I checked out the menus at the different restaurants and made reservations prior to boarding. Mostly intrigued by the menu at Pink Agave, the Mexican restaurant, I booked a spot there […]