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The Latest Trend Aboard Cruise Ships: Lifeguards

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/21/2017, 4:00 AM

Something that might surprise you if you're not a regular cruiser: As recently as five years ago, lifeguards were nowhere to be found at the pool areas of the major lines' ships. There were caution signs posted, but passengers swam at their own risk. Disney Cruise Line was the first to add lifeguards in 2013. Royal Caribbean International followed suit earlier this year. Now another bi...

Royal Caribbean Launches Tour-Booking Site for Cruisers and Landlubbers Alike

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2017, 4:00 AM

Cruise companies have been organizing shore excursions for decades in scores of locations across the globe. Now one of those lines is offering tours and activities to everybody—not just cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has launched GoBe, an online service selling thousands of travel experiences in nearly 900 cities across nearly 100 countries.  You can book a whale-watch...

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cleared to Begin Cruising to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/09/2016, 5:00 AM

Americans will soon have the chance to travel to Cuba with a major cruise line—which means Cubans will soon have the chance to see more rum-swilling Midwesterners than they could have ever wished to see.  Cruising titans Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have each received permission from the Cuban government to sail to the Caribbean island nation from Florida.  Royal Caribbean...

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...

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