In the Most Recent of Nominations, a Distinguished Magazine Has Named Its Choices of "Best Cruise Line" for Various Needs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/05/2016, 12:00 AM

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual list of the best cruises for value, families, luxury, and more...

Princess Cruise Lines Slapped with Record Fine for Deliberate Pollution

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2016, 9:15 PM

The Department of Justice has fined Princess Cruise Lines a whopping $40 million for deliberately polluting oceans and then trying to cover it up. The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever given for such actions.  In a statement, the Justice Department says that Princess—a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.—illegally dumped contaminated waste and oil from its Caribbean Princess ship for a pe...

Carnival Nixes Social-Impact Cruises in the Caribbean

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/29/2016, 5:00 AM

Carnival Corporation has announced that the company is pulling the plug on Fathom cruises, a one-ship line introduced just last year. The point of the brand was to offer "social-impact cruises," incorporating sightseeing as well as volunteer projects and cultural exchange, with stops in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Carnival was hoping to capitalize on the possibly overhyped volunto...

The Only Cruise Ship That Welcomes Dogs and Cats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/02/2016, 12:15 PM

Reflecting the growing trend of traveling with pets, there are tons of dog- and cat-friendly hotels and vacation rentals to choose from. But when it comes to taking your fur ball on a cruise, you have exactly one option: Cunard's freshly renovated Queen Mary 2, the only passenger vessel at sea that allows dogs and cats (other than service animals, of course). Even then, they're only allowe...

Mystery Cruise Leaves Passengers in the Dark About the Itinerary

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/31/2016, 4:00 AM

For those who think travel no longer feels like an adventure into the unknown, the U.K.'s Bolsover Cruise Club is offering a 16-night luxury cruise on which passengers will have no clue where they're going.  Purchase the company's Secret Sailaway for £12,339 (US$15,000) per person, and you'll be told only the departure and return dates of the trip, as well as info on where to board the ves...

Among Americans Fearful of Violence in Europe, There Appears to Be a Movement to Book Cruise Vacations in Areas Closer to Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/21/2016, 12:00 AM

For cruisers with security concerns, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean might be the safest bets....

Virgin's New Cruise Line to Be Called Virgin Voyages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/20/2016, 4:00 AM

The upcoming cruise line from the Virgin Group has a new name.  Ever since the venture was announced last year, it's been called Virgin Cruises. But henceforth it shall be known as Virgin Voyages.  Explained Virgin Group founder Richard Branson at a Miami Beach press conference: "I've never fancied going on a cruise ship, but I do fancy going on a voyage." So there you have it. Upd...

Cruise Critic Names Best Ships of the Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2016, 4:00 AM

Cruise Critic announced yesterday the winners of its ninth annual Editors' Pick Awards, honoring the best passenger ships sailing the world's oceans and rivers.  Carnival Cruise Line took top honors for its newest vessel, the Carnival Vista; the company was also named the best bang for your buck. Disney Cruise Line was declared best for families (naturally), while AmaWaterways won for ...

Woman Lives on Cruise Ship All Year Round

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/23/2016, 4:00 AM

Recently, our own Arthur Frommer discussed the possibility of seniors ditching the retirement village and moving onto a cruise ship to live full time, 52 weeks a year. If you've got the money, spirit of adventure, and relative good health for it, the idea doesn't sound like a bad one. After all, on a cruise pretty much everything is taken care of for you—cooking, cleaning, entertainment, a...

Houston's Cruise Project Sinks for Good

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 11:45 AM

Looks like Houston's hopes of becoming a cruise destination have finally sunk for good. Port of Houston authorities voted last week to seek another use for the city's Bayport Cruise Terminal, which has sat empty since April, when Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises stopped setting sail from there. Port commissioners had offered the lines a slew of incentives to the tune of $6.7 mill...

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