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Turkey's Tourism Woes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/07/2016, 12:30 PM

The number of American travelers visiting Turkey dropped by more than 20% in the first five months of 2016 compared to last year, following terrorist attacks in Ankara last fall and Istanbul in January. And those figures don't even cover the period after the latest attack, which took place on June 28 at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and killed more than 40 people. The country's hotels have reported...

'70s Teen Heartthrob No Longer a Cruise Director

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 1:15 PM

Back in December, we told you that Eight Is Enough and Charles in Charge star Willie Aames was working as a cruise-ship director on the upscale Viking Star. The 1970s teen heartthrob had been in the cruise-directing line—in charge of a ship's activities, entertainment, that sort of thing—since 2010, having previously worked with Regent Seven Seas.  Well, it turns out Aames is calling it qu...

Santorini to Limit Cruise Visitors

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/03/2016, 3:00 AM

As any parent knows, kids hold grudges. And my kids still bring up the day I made them hike for 45 minutes up a steep cliff path, in 95 degree heat, from where the cruise ship tendered us in Santorini, up to the village of Thira. In my defense, our choices were limited: there was a 2 hour wait for the funiculur (which was having mechanical problems) and an hour long wait to ride a donkey u...

The True Numbers on Cruise Ship Outbreaks

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/18/2016, 7:45 PM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States has put out some sobering new numbers on cruise ship norovirus outbreaks.  It looked at all data between 2008 and 2014. And contrary to what the panic drummed up by your local news station, outbreaks are down. "During the study period, the rates of acute gastroenteritis per 100,000 travel days decreased among passenge...

Are Cruise Ships Easy Targets for Terrorists?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/29/2015, 4:00 PM

There's no need to be complicated about this answer. Yes. This week, Disney Cruise Line announced that it will no longer stop in Greece, Turkey, or Malta on its upcoming 12-night Mediterranean voyage of the Disney Magic. When asked why, a spokesperson told Frommer's, "We regularly review our itineraries and occasionally make the changes needed to provide the best possible experien...

Are Cruise Ships Easy Targets for Terrorists?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/29/2015, 4:00 PM

There's no need to be complicated about this answer. Yes. This week, Disney Cruise Line announced that it will no longer stop in Greece, Turkey, or Malta on its upcoming 12-night Mediterranean voyage of the Disney Magic. When asked why, a spokesperson told Frommer's, "We regularly review our itineraries and occasionally make the changes needed to provide the best possible experien...

'70s Heartthrob is Now Upscale Cruise Director

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/01/2015, 10:30 AM

If you were a North American teenager in the 1970s, you certainly remember Willie Aames. He became a teen magazine cover boy and Battle of the Network Stars fixture by appearing on the dramas Family and Eight is Enough, and when those ended, he became half of Gen X's version of Crosby and Hope by teaming with Scott Baio in the teen sex comedy Zapped! and on the iconic (for Gen X, anyway) '80s ...

French Polynesia's Fun New "Passenger Freighter" Tours the Spectacular South Pacific Islands

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/05/2015, 8:45 PM

  There was a time when it was relatively easy to take an around-the-world trip using nothing but freighter ships. Accommodations were never plush, but at least they took people to off-the-path ports. In recent decades, shifting economies and security concerns have put a damper on that delightful shoestring-travel underworld.   One place where freighters are still a regular f...

In an Unusual Move, Princess Cruises Develops New Musicals with the Writer of "Wicked" and "Godspell"

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/12/2015, 7:45 PM

There's a Broadway arms race raging in cruise ship entertainment. It started nearly a decade ago when Norwegian mounted a chopped-down version of the lesser-known musical Smokey Joe's Café (1994) on one of its ships. That show, a simple revue of Leiber and Stoller early rock songs, fit the mold for the jukebox style of live entertainment passengers expected: familiar, plotless, tuneful, and ov...

War is Brewing Over the Queen Mary: Petition Alleging Mismanagement is Launched

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/14/2015, 1:00 AM

The condition of the Third Class Dining Room, now used as chair storage, courtesy of RMS Queen Mary Facebook Community The RMS Queen Mary is a rare artifact from the golden era of transoceanic liner travel. It was launched in 1936, quickly set speed records, and for more than three decades, it crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean, delivering passengers to the United States and the United K...

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