Carnival Glory: Disembarkation day + thoughts of ship

We woke up this morning and the ship was docked. Around 7 am they started letting self-assist folks get off the ship and then at 7:45 they started the folks in the zones that checked luggage. I realized that I didn’t pack everything last night so I wound up stuffing a bunch of stuff in […]

Carnival Glory: Day at Sea + Serenity

Today is a signature Fun Day at Sea, or a day to sleep in. After the piano bar and the late night comedy show last night I was comatose until 9am. I went and had breakfast in the Lido buffet, they had the standard hot breakfast food and cereals, I was happy enough. Since I […]

Survey shows general awareness down for Canada/New England cruise market

At the 2012 Canada/New England Cruise Symposium in Quebec City,  Christine Duffy, President and ceo of CLIA (Cruise Line International Association), gave results of a travel agent survey conducted earlier this year about the Canada/New England cruise market by 378 agents. The study showed 42% of travel agents believe first timers are key to the […]

Study shows vacationers just can’t stay disconnected

Scanning smartphones, tablets and laptops is as much a part of vacations as slathering on sunscreen, according to a Michigan State University study. The results, which will appear in the forthcoming issue of Annals of Tourism Research, show that easy online access and ubiquitous personal devices have made the digital divide disappear, even for folks […]

Princess Cruises honored with environmental awards

Princess Cruises has been honored by the ports of San Francisco and Victoria, BC, Canada, with awards for the cruise line’s environmental efforts. The Port of San Francisco’s Cruise Ship Environmental Award was presented to Sea Princess and Sapphire Princess. The ships earned this distinction during the 2011 season for air emissions reduction, advanced wastewater […]

Popular cruise destination to host 2012 Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival

For the first time ever, the annual Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival will be held in Grenada. After two consecutive years in Barbados, the Festival is heading to the ‘Spice Isle’ to continue to raise the profile of the region’s diverse range of rum and beer beverages. The move to Grenada has been welcomed by […]

Remember Mother With A Cruise For Mother’s Day

Remembering Mothers on Mother’s Day is critical.  Way more critical than remembering Fathers on Fathers Day, that lesser of holidays.  Dinner at a favorite restaurant, a box of candy or flowers are traditional gifts one might think of for Mother’s Day, but how about a cruise for Mom? For those who don’t much care for […]

Canadian Ports To Plug In For Clean Shoreside Electric Power

Having the ability to “plug in” to cleaner shoreside electric power, rather than burning diesel fuel when in port, allows cruise ships to eliminate a jumbo-sized carbon footprint.  At a number of ports in the United States, ships are doing just that.  Now, the Canadian government has announced it is continuing its commitment to limit […]