High Winds Cause Norwegian Star to Break Free

Strong winds are to blame as the 2,348-guest Norwegian Star broke free from its moorings at the west end of Bermuda on Friday, making contact with Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, this first reported by Cruise Critic. A Norwegian spokesperson said, “At approximately 1:30pm ET today, a high wind squall caused Norwegian Star’s aft […]

New Website Connects Do-It-Yourself Cruisers

Every now and then I’ll come across a website that strikes me as innovative and not a business who is just trying to copy someone else. Recently I came across Zweeno, a site for you DIY (do it yourself) shore excursion folks and everything in between. I asked the creator, Galen, to give me a […]

Cruise Port Parking: Four Ways to Save

Flying to a cruise port isn’t cheap, but either is cruise port parking. When you tally up the fuel, wear on the car  and those dreaded port parking charges, it starts to add up. While I can’t help you with the fuel or wear and tear on your vehicle, I can give you some options […]

Lux Cruise Line Bans Smoking, Pretty Much

Silversea Cruises, where smoking is already banned on balconies, will begin prohibiting smoking in in private passenger areas on January 1, 2013. “In consideration of evolving consumer trends, and to further promote a safe, comfortable and enjoyable environment for our guests, staff and crew, we have updated the smoking policy for Silversea ships,” Silversea Cruises president […]

13 Tips For Leaving Your Cruise Ship

Getting ready for a cruise vacation is way more fun than what to do when it is over. Before, we plan where to go, what to do and get excited for the experience.  After, not so much.  Still, preparing for getting off the ship can be just as important.  You’ll want to know where to […]

10 Tips for First-Time Cruisers in Europe

So you have your cruise picked out, your airfare purchased and you’re ready to cruise Europe, right? Europe offers a lot of picturesque ports and can be an great country to sail from, but not knowing the little things before you leave could wind up ruining your vacation or tarnishing your European cruise experience. I […]

Carnival Breeze: Dubrovnik, Croatia + using Viator shore excursions

Dubrovnik, Croatia is one of my favorite ports because of the stunning views and history of the whole area. My goal was to get off the ship early before our 9 am private-tour excursion so I could get caught up in the internet café. Turns out the internet café was there but they only had […]

Cruise blog story hits on smoldering topic

Princess Cruises this week revealed story #17 on its Inspired to Cruise blog. Each week during 2012 the blog has been featuring a new reason to cruise and will eventually have a total of 52 inspiring passenger stories about what compelled them to take a cruise vacation. This week’s post features a woman who finally […]

FBI Investigating Alleged Murder on Carnival Cruise Ship

From Cruise Critic.com (2:18 p.m. EDT) — The FBI is investigating an alleged murder onboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ 70,367-ton, 2,052-passenger Carnival Elation. According to a statement from the cruise line, “a domestic dispute occurred between a husband and wife in their cabin, resulting in the wife’s death.” The man was taken into custody and the FBI […]