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Another Cruise Line Extinguishes Smoking on Stateroom Balconies, and Good Riddance

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2013, 5:45 PM

USA Today reports that Disney is the latest cruise line to ban smoking on its stateroom balconies, joining Celebrity, Princess, Oceania, and Crystal. I'm all for the ban. Not because it's not very "Disney" (Walt himself was rarely seen without an unfiltered Lucky Strike in his hand) but because it's dangerous and rude. Every cruise ship's lifeboat drill contains a captain's warning not to ...

The Wonders of Alaska (In One Relatively Compact Area): Meet the Kenai Peninsula

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/30/2013, 1:45 PM

Alaska is massive. Intimidatingly so. Transpose its outline on a map of the lower 48 United States and its north-south boundaries would stretch from Mexico to Canada, poking up around Winnipeg and dropping down to Tijuana. For many visitors, trying to forge their own path in this vast, and often road-less, land is simply too scary. And so a good 60% of the state’s tourists opt for a cruise...

What is a Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 Like? Our Readers' Questions Answered

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/17/2013, 11:00 AM

Last week, I took what many consider the voyage of a lifetime: a transatlantic crossing on an ocean liner. There's only one ship left on the seas that was specifically designed to slice through ocean waves the way a French waiter slices through foie gras, and that's Cunard's Queen Mary 2. She's no longer the largest ship in the world (it's currently eighth), but she's plenty big, and she's...

What is a Transatlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary 2 Like? Our Readers' Questions Answered

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/17/2013, 11:00 AM

Last week, I took what many consider the voyage of a lifetime: a transatlantic crossing on an ocean liner. There's only one ship left on the seas that was specifically designed to slice through ocean waves the way a French waiter slices through foie gras, and that's Cunard's Queen Mary 2. She's no longer the largest ship in the world (it's currently eighth), but she's plenty big, and she's...

The Queen Mary 2 Makes Her 200th Crossing, and Frommer's is Aboard: Post Your Questions and Requests

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 07/05/2013, 4:00 PM

Over the next week, the world's only ocean liner, Cunard's Queen Mary 2, will be making her 200th transatlantic crossing. And Frommers.com will be aboard, fact-finding for our readers. A voyage on the QM2 is considered by many to be one of those unattainable trips of a lifetime. Yet the lowest fare on a sailing is not prohibitively high: Fares for the 200th crossing, which lasts a week, st...

Royal Caribbean Now Offers 110 Percent Price Guarantee if You Find Cheaper Airfare Elsewhere

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2013, 8:00 AM

Buying your airline tickets to meet the start of a cruise has always been a bit of a losing proposition. Booking through the cruise line is often the only way to ensure that if your flight is late and you miss the sailing, you won't have to bear the cost of meeting the ship en route. Plus, it's just easier to ask the cruise line to take care of your whole vacation package. The problem is t...

Royal Caribbean Now Offers 110 Percent Price Guarantee if You Find Cheaper Airfare Elsewhere

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/24/2013, 8:00 AM

Buying your airline tickets to meet the start of a cruise has always been a bit of a losing proposition. Booking through the cruise line is often the only way to ensure that if your flight is late and you miss the sailing, you won't have to bear the cost of meeting the ship en route. Plus, it's just easier to ask the cruise line to take care of your whole vacation package. The problem is t...

14 Things You Should Know about the Norwegian Breakaway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/10/2013, 5:15 PM

  Norwegian Cruise Line has been feverishly building its brand for the past decade. What was once a side player in a big industry has evolved into a major name that's been betting it all on big new ships. . The newly built Breakaway leaves from the Hudson River in Manhattan, just a few blocks west of Times Square, and she will call on Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, depending ...

14 Things You Should Know about the Norwegian Breakaway

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/10/2013, 5:15 PM

  Norwegian Cruise Line has been feverishly building its brand for the past decade. What was once a side player in a big industry has evolved into a major name that's been betting it all on big new ships. . The newly built Breakaway leaves from the Hudson River in Manhattan, just a few blocks west of Times Square, and she will call on Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, depending ...

Four Vacation Packages and Cruises Lead the Travel Industry's Offerings for Departures in July of 2013

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/09/2013, 1:30 PM

     There was once a time when a bargain-hunter could point with excitement to packaged vacations costing less than a thousand dollars at the height of the summer season, like July.  That's pretty difficult now.  Though the U.S. rate of inflation is unusually low, the desire of overeas hoteliers to wallop the summer vacationer has never been stronger.  Today, an eight-to-ten-day packaged vaca...

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