5 Reasons Cruisers Love Florida

Florida gets a bad rap in the press. Every day it seems a new story of bizarre behavior, wild animal encounters, and other oddness comes out of the Sunshine State. We’re pretty sure the other states are just jealous of the climate and the beaches. Florida is a great state. It’s warmer than New York, more […]

Pre-Cruise Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port

By: Scott Lara Scott is a contributing guest while Doug is away on his seven-night Alaska cruise.  For many years, my wife Marty and I would just drive from our home in Jacksonville, Florida to Port Everglades the morning of our cruise to catch the ship. Never again. Traffic on I-95 can hold you up for […]

Five Ways to Score Last Minute Cruise Deals

It wasn’t that long ago when you could show up at the dock with your passport in hand and go on a sailing. These days, post- 9/11, and with increased homeland security, it’s nearly impossible. Even industry people who want to go on a ship for the day need to submit their paperwork at least […]

Man Jumps from Carnival Fascination

(UPDATED 5:00PM) The U.S. Coast Guard and First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida have reported that a 31-year old male jumped off Carnival Fascination last night just south of Daytona Beach, Florida. A security guard aboard the ship reported that he saw the 31-year-old male jump from the 10th deck into the water, a fall that […]

Carnival says arrive early, Republican National Convention in Tampa

If you are driving or flying into Tampa, Florida this weekend to catch Carnival Legend (8/26) or Carnival Paradise (8/25 or 8/30), local authorities are advising to give yourself extra time because of delays and temporary road closures with the Republican National Convention (RNC). A map indicating road closures is available at www.tampagov.net/rnc. Cruise ship […]

The Rise Of The ‘Cold’ Vacation

Think about vacations. What images come to mind? Sipping a cocktail under the midday sun? Topping up the tan in shorts and a bikini top? Laying on the beach and having a dip in the warm sea? While hot summer vacations are still tops, and Florida remains number 1 on the leader boards in terms […]

Celebrity Cruises adds more amentities to Concierge Class

Guests booked in Celebrity’s ConciergeClass staterooms still will be treated to the full slate of services and amenities associated with the category since it was introduced, including a bottle of chilled Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine with a commemorative label featuring exclusive artwork from the ArtCenter/South Florida artists upon arrival; fresh fruits and flowers; daily […]

Norwegian launches Resident Sale, savings up to $1000

It’s smooth sailing this summer with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Resident Sale starting Sunday, June 10, 2012, and offering up to $1,000 off (depending on the stateroom category booked) on select sailings, based on state of residency. Residents will enjoy savings on many popular summer cruise destinations, including Alaska, Bermuda, Europe, Hawaii and the Bahamas, when […]

Orlando breaks tourism record for 2011

Last year, Orlando welcomed a record-breaking 51.4-million visitors in 2010, making them first destination to top 50 million. This week, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs announced that Orlando welcomed 55.1 million visitors in 2011. Orlando is the first destination in the country to welcome more than 55 million visitors and remains the most visited destination in […]

Cruise Planners Vice President crowned 2012 “Woman of the Year”

Vicky Garcia, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Cruise Planners – American Express Travel, was crowned the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Saturday, June 2, at a black-tie event held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “If not for the support of […]