Carnival Breeze: First Night

We left off when I was leaving the ship to go explore Barcelona, and boy that was fun! So much history, little cafes, landmarks, shops and places to stay connected. I’ll write something separate on that. I returned to the ship at 4pm and was one of the last people to board which was nice […]

Get Over It: A First-Timer’s Guide To International Flights

What to expect on that flight from the United States to someplace across the pond for your first European cruise vacation. That’s really the focus of this post; to address the concerns of those who have not flown internationally, choosing the safe and convenient Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska or other close-by areas of the world instead.   […]

Episode: Maritime Safety 2012 + Post-Costa Concordia

[smart_track_player url=”″ title=”Maritime Safety” artist=”Cruise Radio” ]This week we talk to Joe Farrell, owner of Resolve Marine Group, a new $6.5-million maritime training facility that cruise lines are using, Vicky Garcia joins us again with trends post-Costa Concordia and if we are seeing a ripple effect and Bud Darr, VP with Cruise Line International Association […]

Cruise Line Loyalty Program Benefits First-Timers Too

This week, Carnival Cruise Lines introduced their revamped past guest loyalty program, assigning those who have sailed with the line the title of “Very Important Fun Person” (VIFP) then dividing them up into one of five different categories. In a cruise industry first, guests who have never sailed with Carnival before can join the VIFP […]

Carnival Cruise Line revamps loyalty program for guests, VIFP

Carnival Cruise Line recently revamped their guest program from a per-cruise system to a point system, one point for every cruise day incurred. The new program goes into effect on June 25. Under the new VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Club, guest’s loyalty status is broken down under five categories (the cruise line released his […]

Carnival Glory kicks off Port Saint John cruise season in style

We reported earlier this week that cruise season is officially underway for the cruise port of Saint John. Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory was the first ship to call to the port for the 2012 summer season. To celebrate, a special celebration was held on board Carnival Glory by local dignitaries and ship’s officers. […]

Carnival Breeze Spa A Heavenly Evolution

Carnival Breeze debuted June 3 with a special 12-day cruise from Venice to Barcelona and will operate a summer schedule of 12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona through Oct. 25, 2012.  On board are all the latest features Carnival has to offer and preliminary reviews are great.  One huge area of the ship, Carnival Breeze’s 22,770-square-foot […]

Carnival adds over 180 shore excursions for Breeze European season

With the launch of Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Breeze, comes over a 180 new shore excursions and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to choose from. Carnival Breeze, which embarked on its inaugural sailing June 2, will be sailing the Mediterranean until October 25, offering guests lots of options. What are some of the new shore excursions […]

East Coast Port Wants To Be Home To Cruise Ships

Portland, Maine is attempting to establish itself as a site where cruise ships not only visit, but also load provisions and even use as a homeport. This week, Boston-based Carnival Glory gave Portland a try,  loading provisions that included 15 trucks of food adding up to 320 pallets of food, toiletries and other supplies. The […]

Charleston cruise port lawsuit finally headed to court

A lawsuit filed against Carnival Cruise Line by the environmentalists in Charleston, SC, will finally see its day in court, this reported by a local NBC affiliate, WSAV. Next week the first hearing is set in front of a circuit judge to see where the case stands and what action is needed. The environmentalist don’t […]