Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Invites You to Meet the Winemaker

Norwegian Cruise Line announced the schedule for its 2017/18 Meet the Winemaker Cruises aboard Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn. The lineup includes Michael Mondavi, Aaron Sanchez, Gerard Bertrand, Bill Whiting, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

While onboard the Norwegian Escape inaugural cruise in 2015 I got a glimpse of “The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar”, but I did not have a chance to explore any deeper than a quick look around. I’m told the bar boasts a curated wine list and service provided by a Court of Master Sommeliers certified Sommelier, which is quite a big deal to an oenophilia. This partnership was expanded to include Norwegian Dawn in 2016.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Celebrity Cruises Reveals Eden

Celebrity Cruise Line recently revealed Eden, a combination lounge, dining and entertainment area aboard their new Edge-class ship. To me, I think of Eden as a garden paradise anchored in the center by The Tree-of-Life. From what I have seen and read thus far, Celebrity designers have taken that same association and developed it even further creating an amazing architectural wonder.

Spanning three decks at the aft of the ship, this multi-use space is clearly nature-themed… there’s even a living tree in the dining area (a feature of Celebrity's Solstice class ships)!  However, with almost 7,000 square feet of glass that reaches 32 feet high, one cannot ignore the connectivity to the ocean, and isn’t that what people want when vacationing at sea?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Marvel’s Mightiest Sail from New York in Fall 2017.

Marvel Super Heroes and villains from The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as Spider-Man, join guests onboard the DisneyMagic for an exciting cruise filled with fun activities,  photo ops and meet-and-greets on select sailings from New York in October and November of 2017.

During the themed Marvel Day at Sea, guests will enjoy:

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cruising to Cuba...Updated

Just when it seemed that Cuba was becoming “the” Caribbean cruise destination of 2017, the threat of the reversal of U.S. policy regarding Cuba tourism hung over the cruise lines until the President’s announcement this past Friday.

However, based on the information that was publicized, it seems that  Caribbean cruises to Cuba will continue under the new restricted guidelines laid out by the Administration. From the start, the cruise lines made sure that all cruises to, and shore excursions in Cuba were in full compliance with regulations set forth by the US Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC"). What is uncertain at this point is if U.S. citizens can disembark their ship and tour with independent Cuban tour guides

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

What's Special About Alaska Cruise Tours?

A friend of mine  returned from an Alaska cruise tour last week and hasn’t stopped talking about it!   Majestic, Breathtaking, Grand…those are just a few of the words she used from an endless list of similar adjectives. Is a cruise tour better than just an Alaskan cruise? It’s not a fair comparison.  Everything about the cruise portion is also Majestic, Breathtaking, Grand!  The cruise tour just takes the experience up a couple of notches!

Here’s some things you can experience on a cruise tour that you can’t if you opt for just the cruise portion.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Offers Ferry to St. George's, Bermuda

Good news for all those cruising to  Bermuda on a NorwegianCruise Line ship this year. Norwegian Cruise Line has just begun providing ferry service, exclusively for their guests, between Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard (where the NCL ships dock) and the quaint town of St. George’s.

The Dockyard area is a bit of a distance from tourist and resort areas including St. George’s and the capital city of Hamilton.  Residents and cruisers alike have complained about the crowded public transportation to access these areas as well as Bermuda beaches. Although taxis are lined up at the dock when the ships are in, they can be rather costly.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Pre-Cruise Stay in Vancouver

Vancouver is such a beautiful city and it would be a shame not to spend a day or two before or after your Alaska cruise.  Here’ some of my favorite spots.

Just minutes from downtown Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a must-do! The sceneryis beautiful, with 3 different vantage points from the bridge, treetops and cliff walk.  The 450 foot-long Capilano Suspension Bridge soars 230 feet above the Capilano River. You can also get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest via Treetops Adventures or traverse the dramatic Cliffwalk, a 700-foot long, 300-foot high walkway anchored to the east face of Capilano Canyon and suspended out and above the river. Exhilarating!