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 […]

Did You Gain Weight On Your Cruise? Tips For Next Time

If you have tried all the normal suggestions; use the stairs instead of the elevators, stay away from the buffets, and continue exercising at sea as you would on land but still gained weight on a cruise (and had a problem with that, many people don’t), this post is for you.  Those commonly suggested ideas […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Luxury Cruise Line (And Passengers) Give Back

Call it Volunteer Travel, Volunteer Vacations, Vacanteerism or Voluntourism, it means travel which includes volunteering for a charitable cause.  Its a topic that has been about as popular as “minimizing our carbon footprint” or  “making a positive environmental impact.”  Some travelers get into it, some don’t.    For one cruise line though, its a whole lot […]

Cruise Line Hosts Look At The Past

Promoting the transatlantic relationship between the United States and United Kingdom, Cunard Line hosted guests aboard the line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in New York for a lecture given by celebrated author Barry Singer on his newly published book, Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill. Cunard Line’s master of Queen Mary 2, Captain Kevin […]

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 […]