8 Things to do in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Many cruise passengers heading to Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands connect through Guayaquil, often staying overnight for the best flight connections. Those who stay in the area for a day or two find that Guayaquil has much to offer. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and the gateway to the country’s sunny Pacific coast, an area that includes splendid beach towns and enchanting eco-destinations. […]

Five for Fun in Quito

By Nancy Schretter Many cruisers heading to the Galapagos Islands connect through Quito on their way to their ship. Rather than stopping for a brief overnight stay, experienced travelers know that Quito is a place to linger and explore. Ecuador’s capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Baroque churches, monasteries, art museums, […]

Costa Cruises shifts winter capacity to meet European cruise demand

  In recent weeks Costa Cruises has seen significant positive booking trends in Europe, and the line is shifting capacity to Dubai/United Arab Emirates and the Mediterranean for winter 2012-13. The company will increase capacity in the U.A.E. by positioning a second ship in the region. From Nov. 17, 2012, Costa Classica, originally scheduled to […]

Cruise line courts vegetarians with new menu

Continuing an industry-wide focus on a healthy lifestyle, Holland America Line has introduced a new alternative, vegetarian-only menu, designed by Holland America Line’s award-winning Master Chef Rudi Sodamin.  The extensive 50+ choice menu is extensive but just one part of what they are doing at Holland America. “Many more people are choosing a vegetarian culinary […]

Cruise line sustainability program eliminates bad choice seafood

The idea of a Sustainable Seafood Program is focused on helping consumers understand and recognize unsustainable and environmentally destructive seafood harvesting, and to encourage people to purchase sustainable seafoods in restaurants and markets.  Now, cruise lines are joining in with programs of their own. About a year ago, Holland America Line announced its Sustainable Seafood […]