Cruise Industry Adopts New Lifeboat Policy

Effective immediately, a new lifeboat policy has been adopted for the cruise industry, an outcome of the Cruise Industry Operational Review. The operational review is a panel launched after the Costa Concordia incident earlier this year to evaluate and cross-check all cruise line safety policies. Under this new policy cruise lines must fill their lifeboats […]

Azamazement Started Before We Even Reached The Ship

To get an idea of just how badly things can go wrong just before embarkation, I give you the example of our spent United Airlines flight from Orlando through Newark to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Man, what a mess. It was no fault of Azamara Club Cruises that maintenance issues combined with a rare form of stupidity […]

Travel agents give optimistic outlook for cruise sales

Halfway through the year, travel agents cite  optimism about selling cruises in 2012, according to a new survey of members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).  Over 50 percent of respondents report they are already selling more vacations at sea than in 2011 and 64 percent expect cruise booking volume over the course of 2012 […]

Cruise Line Entertainment Package Effective, Flexible and Sustainable

Entertainment at sea has taken a different course on a variety of cruise lines lately, shedding the safe, Neapolitan-flavored offerings and offering up some unique and different options.  What seemed in the past to barely qualify as “entertainment”, today brings everything from Cirque-influenced dining to Broadway shows on some ships.  Others have bumped up onboard […]

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 […]

Cruise Line Announces Ocean Research Grant Winners

Holland America Line and Marine Conservation Institute have a partnership that supports the efforts of promising young scientists and graduate students.  This week, the two announced the recipients of the 2012 Mia J. Tegner Memorial Research Grants in Marine Environmental History and Historical Marine Ecology. Aimed at studying  the history of ocean ecology to predict […]

Carnival Breeze Debuts With New Entertainment Options

Carnival Cruise Lines new Carnival Breeze debuts today with a variety of new entertainment options which include a new Thrill 5D Theater. Carnival Breeze’s Thrill 5D Theater will  be a multi-dimensional experience that will make guests feel like they are actually in the movie. The theater combines a high-definition 3D projection system with 4D elements […]

Cruise Dining Options A Glorious Answer To Prayers, Not A Bogus Extra Fee

Surely, how much one enjoys the food on a cruise is a matter of personal taste and so very subjective by nature that we rarely mention it here in more than in grand sweeping gestures and generalities. For example, the price of every cruise available that we know of includes food.  Some sort of food.  Usually […]

Carnival Breeze Preview: Branded Features For All

Some of the features on new Carnival Breeze that debuts in a few days,  were first on Carnival Magic. On sister-ship Carnival Magic, those features proved so popular that they were included in Carnival’s FunShip 2.0 initiative, a $500 million upgrade to existing ships in the fleet.  That’s all part of a branding focus that […]

River Cruise Line Christens Two Unique Ships In Holland

Recently,  Avalon Waterways unveiled and christened two of what they call “Suite Ships” in Enkhuizen, Holland.  Avalon Visionary and Avalon Vista mark the company’s 2nd and 3rd Suite Ships in just 12 months Staterooms on Avalon’s “Suite Ships” feature a large seating area adjacent to a wall to wall panoramic windowthat when opened transforms the entire […]