Onboard the Europa 2—a one-of-a-kind Hapag-Lloyd luxury cruise ship

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Luxury cruising is a huge market with a lot of options to choose from, but German cruise line Hapag-Lloyd is a smaller company with big ambitions. Its recently built ship Europa 2 made its first visit to the United States in December and is capturing huge attention for its deluxe offering. Until now, its passenger […]

Travel Tip: Don’t Forget Cruise Travel Insurance

Holland America ms Volendam sets sail (Photo: Holland America)

A national survey of travelers by Norartis Consumer Health found that 63 percent reported that they or a travel companion, including cruise passengers, have become sick while on vacation. I’ve noticed travelers tend to forget insurance when they travel, particularly on cruises. I get many questions on whether to buy travel insurance. I say, if you’re going somewhere close and […]

To the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas

Freedom of the Seas

As a cruise neophyte, I had few comparison points for my trip on Royal Caribbean’s newly refurbished ship, Freedom of the Seas, except for the clichés about cruises being for the geriatric set. Nothing could be further from my experience on the cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas aboard Freedom of the Seas. There was […]

Carnival Corporation Launches Creative Marketing Campaign and Contests

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There are lots of misconceptions out there about cruising. And I’ll admit – I used to be one of those people who wasn’t sure that cruising was for me. For starters, my name is Johnny Jet – not Johnny Ship. But once I started trying out various cruise lines, I quickly saw the appeal of […]

What’s Your Cruise-A-Nality? Take the Carnival Quiz to Find Out

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People often ask me about cruising and whether or not I like it. Personally, I love cruising. Many people think that cruising appeals mostly to an older demographic but I beg to differ. There are lots of reasons that cruises are great, whether you’re looking for a family friendly vacation, a romantic escape with someone […]

Travel Video of the Week: BBC on Cargo Cruising

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Cruising, especially river cruising, is all the rage right now (I’ve been on two: with Viking for a tour of the European Christmas Markets and with Scenic Cruises for a summer European cruise). I loved them both equally. But a lot of people, including me, sometimes want something a little bit more unique. Well, this […]

10 Greece Moments to Live For

The port of Ios

This is part 1 in Caitlin Martin’s recap of her 7-day Aegean adventure with Louis Cruises. Check out part 2 here and part 3 here. From ancient history to beaches with brightly colored tavernas at water’s edge and whitewashed houses, it’s easy to see why Greece tops bucket lists ‘round the world. A cuisine with more feta cheese, […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Pre-Cruise Dinner Parties

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Pre-Cruise Dinner Parties While cruising with Windstar last month, I met a woman named Janet from Mississauga, Canada who told me about a great tradition that she and her friends started when they began traveling on cruises together: Before a cruise, they have two dinners. The first one is to assign a different destination or destinations to a […]