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A Modest Proposal: Why Not Simply Dock Those Giant New Cruise Ships to a Fixed Position in Their Port City, Never to Go to Sea?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/27/2015, 6:15 PM

         The publicity machine of Royal Caribbean Cruises is currently churning out all sorts of exciting press releases about their brand-new, 5,500-passenger, mega-ship called the Harmony of the Seas, that will go into service in 2016.        The humongous vessel will have every conceivable device to entertain its passengers:  three lengthy water slides along its top deck.  S...

A 5-Night Vacation Next Month for $159! Plus a Bunch of Other Cruise Deals for National Cruise Vacation Week

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/08/2014, 2:30 PM

Coral Princess at night. Photo credit: Princess Cruises   We periodically ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Most of these vacations are for after the turn of the new year, but there's one for a 5-nig...

Would You Believe $60 a Night for a 9-Night Trip on a Princess Ship? Plus Bargains Over the Holidays

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2014, 8:00 PM

We periodically ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Remember that although it's currently hurricane season, the major lines will re-book you if a storm threatens your departure, so you can snag these deals wit...

Royal Caribbean's Newest Twist: RFID Bracelets Tracking Every Guest and Making Arrangements Quicker

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/29/2014, 8:00 PM

RFID bracelets are officially the mark of a mass-market vacation. Walt Disney World was the biggest player to introduce its MagicBands earlier this year. MagicBands help guests link to their tickets and reservations on rides and restaurants. There, the net effect is to require many guests to do hours of pre-research and strategic planning before arriving at the resort, which I think spoil...

It's Deal Season! These Cruises Are Less than $100 a night—Plus Some Summer Booking Promotions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/10/2014, 6:00 PM

The Grand Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises   Every month, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to tell us about the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  We're heading into one of cruising's big bargain seasons in the Caribbean. Even though hurricanes only...

Explore the Allure of the Seas On Your Computer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/07/2014, 4:30 PM

The Ice Rink as seen by Street View, complete with creepy blurred faces   Today's latest gimmick: Royal Caribbean has invited Google Street View onto its (current) biggest ship, Allure of the Seas, enabling you to get 360-degree views of the ship from your computer.  As an idea, it's a great one, although its execution is not as revolutionary as you might suspect. Only a few m...

Nickel and Diming at Sea: Extra Charges for On-Board Entertainment

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/17/2014, 3:45 PM

There have been times I've felt that someone should be paying me for sitting through the shows that pass for entertainment onboard some cruise lines. That being said, cruise ship entertainment has been getting better in recent years (hurray for Blue Man Group!). But with this improvement, it seems, will come a price tag. Carnival Cruise Lines is already charging between $20 to $150 (f...

These Upcoming Cruises are Selling from $65 a Night

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/08/2014, 4:00 PM

  Periodically, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and they are based on double occupancy. These specials may include othe...

These Upcoming Cruises are Selling from $65 a Night

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/08/2014, 4:00 PM

  Periodically, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and they are based on double occupancy. These specials may include othe...

Another Batch of Hot Cruise Deals for Less than $100 a Day

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/06/2014, 4:00 PM

Periodically, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal.  Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and they are based on double occupancy. These specials may include other extras such as...

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