Thursday, July 18, 2019

Princess Cruise Line’s Phantom Bridge

Are you part of the “escape room” obsession?  You know, that pastime in which you pay to get locked in a windowless room and have to solve a series of puzzles in order to get out? Escape rooms are everywhere, cruise ships included. You can find them on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and soon they will be on Princess’ ships too!

Princess Cruise Line will debut the first digitally enhanced escape room they call Phantom Bridge.  It will have guests traveling through time and space while racing to solve the puzzles presented. The really interesting aspect of Phantom Bridge is that the entire room will transform and respond to guest actions, enveloping them in the story.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Doing Its Part to Clean the World

Carnival Cruise Line announced it will partner with Clean the World, a global health organization committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities around the world.  Clean the World provides sustainable resources, programming and education focused on water, sanitation and hygiene for areas affected by poverty, homelessness or natural crisis.

So how will Carnival Cruise Line assist in this endeavor? Carnival will start collecting discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms throughout the fleet and send it to a Clean the World recycling center where the soap will be sanitized, melted down and reprocessed.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Luxury & Science Aboard the Celebrity Flora

If a trip to the Galapagos Islands is on your bucket list it may be time for you to check out the Celebrity Flora. Celebrity Flora offers the largest and most luxurious accommodations of any ship sailing that particular itinerary... and then some!

Every stateroom on board the Celebrity Flora is a suite that includes an unrivaled array of indulgent design features, services, and amenities. There are exciting dining venues, an open-air stargazing platform, expert-led ecological seminars, and custom-designed Novurania yacht tenders, which create a seamless sea-to-shore experience. However, looking deeper, it is apparent that the Celebrity Flora is much more than a gorgeous luxury mega yacht.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Azamara Expands its Land Programs

Land or sea? This is a question I ask myself every year as I plan our following year’s vacation. There are advantages to both but our love of cruising almost always wins out.  Whenever we cruise to Europe we stay a few days pre or post-cruise to explore the city of embarkation but it is often not enough.  That’s why I was so excited to hear that Azamara has expanded its land programs (note the name change…they dropped “ Club Cruises” to better define the additional land offerings).

Since Azamara was ALWAYS about destination immersion, the addition of the specially curated land packages is a natural fit. Each Azamara land program showcases the culture, natural wonders, wildlife, food and wine of a region. You can expect that accommodations and tour operators will be reputable, four to five star affiliates. With the seamless transfer to an Azamara boutique ship, you get a perfectly blended land / sea vacation experience.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It's Time to Cruise to Bermuda!

Bermuda…pink sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, pastel colored houses…as if that isn’t enough of an excuse to immediately book a cruise to Bermuda, we’ve compiled a few more reasons as to why we think a Bermuda cruise should be a part of your summer plans!

It’s so easy to cruise to Bermuda from the northeast United States.  There is probably a departure port closer than you think; New York City, Bayonne, Boston, Baltimore, and Charleston.  It’s likely one of these ports is a short drive from your home.  In addition, there’s a good chance your favorite cruise line has a Bermuda itinerary on this year’s calendar. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line all have multiple sail dates.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Cruising Millennials

My husband and I are “Baby Boomers,” parents to a young man considered a “Millennial.” A well-known research center estimates that by the end of 2019 Millennials will overtake Boomers in population size, 73 million versus 72 million. It is no wonder then, that many businesses including the cruise industry are making changes to gain the business of this age group.

So what exactly is the cruise industry doing to woo this generation to the sea? Here’s what I’m reading in the trades…

Twenty- and thirty-somethings don't just want to just sit and relax by the pool.  They want more to do than a traditional sports court can offer. Could that be why cruise lines are incorporating ziplines, indoor skydiving, rope courses and race tracks to their upper decks?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Why You Should Be Cruising to Cuba NOW

I just returned from a 4-night cruise aboard the NorwegianSun that included an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba. Some people have no interest in going to Cuba. Maybe they don't agree with the politics or aren't going because they think the regulations and required documentation are complicated (they’re not). Maybe they think it will be oppressive and there’s nothing to do there (that’s so far from the truth). My visit to Cuba was interesting and insightful and I recommend you consider it asap…before regulations and legislation change and you won’t have that opportunity!

When you travel to Cuba you are visiting a truly authentic destination.  Due to decades of political isolation, Cuba has remained largely undiscovered, particularly by Americans. Although Europeans and Canadians have traveled openly to Cuba for years, the country has never experienced a tourist boom. You can stroll the streets with locals instead of hordes of tourists. There are no street vendors hawking t-shirts and the island is still untainted by a Starbucks and golden arches on every other corner.  There aren’t many other cruising destinations that can boast the same.