Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba)

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Our last stop on Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise was to Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba. I woke up early and was able to watch us dock right next to town. I had a quick breakfast and then asked the nice tourism people who set up a stand just outside of the ship […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portofino, Italy)

Portofino Italy Windstar Star Pride May 2014

Day 5 of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise took us to Portofino, Italy. I was most excited for this port since I’ve heard so much about it but had never had the pleasure of visiting. Unfortunately, my expectations were too high and I was really disappointed. The tiny Italian town felt like Disneyland minus the […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Know When to Fight the Cruise Company

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Know When to Fight the Cruise Company If a cruise you take ends early due to inclement weather or norovirus, don’t fight the cruise company. It won’t end the way you want it to. Read Peter Greenberg’s tip on why.   _________________________________________________________________________________ Tried this tip? Let me know in the comments! Want to see more tips? Click […]

11 Reasons to Go on a European River Cruise

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River cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, so recently, I decided it was time for me to put away my prejudices (ie: river cruising is only for older people) and check it out for myself. I went on two European river cruises in the past six months: the first was […]

Travel Website of the Week: ParkingAtThePort.com

ParkingAtThePort.com

You know what I love about the web? That there are tons of—almost limitless—niche websites where you can find valuable information relevant to anything you need. ParkingAtThePort.com is the latest of these—they give users cruise port parking and cruise port details for 27 major port cities.

Viking to Launch Ocean Cruising in 2015

Viking Star Spa Pool

When you hear the mention of a Viking cruise you naturally think of a river cruise. But that’s all changing because last night at an exclusive event in Beverly Hills the company announced the launch of its new ocean product line, Viking Ocean Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com/oceans). It’s marking the introduction of the travel industry’s first new […]

Seabourn Cruise Line Announces Sale of Ships

Seabourn Spirit in Venice

Seabourn Cruise Lines has announced the sale of its original three vessels, and Johnny (who has been on several of Seabourn’s ships) thinks it’s a good idea: “I went on Seabourn Spirit last summer and although it was nice, it wasn’t up to par of Seabourn’s  newer ships.” You can see his past stories on […]

10 New Reasons to Sail on Celebrity Reflection

My sister Carol and I

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to go on a Celebrity preview cruise for their newest ship, Reflection. Reflection is the fifth and final planned Solstice-class cruise ship in their fleet, and it’s sweet! I’ve been on four of the five ships (Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Equinox and Celebrity Silhouette) which have been introduced every year starting in […]