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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...

Boatbound Aims to Be the Airbnb of Boats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/29/2016, 1:00 PM

A boat rental company called Boatbound, which aims to be the water-based equivalent of home rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO, appears to be catching on. Founded in 2013, the business provides boat owners a way to make money off a notoriously cash-draining investment, while allowing the rest of us a chance to enjoy being on the water without the responsibilities of boat ownership. Mark...

In Ways Large and Small, International Travel Has Become Easier/Harder in Recent Weeks

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/20/2016, 11:15 PM

      Here are several of the often-contradictory developments in recent travel news:   In Paris       A dramatic decline in tourism to Paris, currently down by more than 11%, means that the City of Light has become even more appealing than ever to the American traveler; hotels in Paris are reported as willing, on many dates, to bargain for a reduction in room rates. What'...

Cruise Lines Continue to Cancel Stops in Turkey

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/20/2016, 12:00 PM

Cruise lines—including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, and Celebrity Cruises—continue to cancel stops in Istanbul and other Turkish cities, substituting days at sea or calls at Mediterranean spots in Greece and Italy. The latest moves come in response to a failed military coup intended to overthrow Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Previous cancelations have been prompted by terror...

Furor Over Norwegian Cruise Line's New Beverage Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 1:00 AM

A new beverage policy adopted by Norwegian Cruise Line has kicked up a storm on the internet. Numerous fans and passengers have expressed outrage via social media over a rule banning people from bringing any outside beverages—including a single bottle of water—aboard the company's ships. It has become common practice among cruisers to bring along extra cases of bottled water or soda for drinki...

A "Refurbishing" by Carnival Cruises of the Classic 'Queen Mary 2', Has Raised Danger Flags About a Possible Alteration of the Latter's Character

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/20/2016, 3:00 PM

Sculpture aboard the Queen Mary 2, 2013      When I first learned that the Queen Mary 2 was going into drydock for several weeks, for a "complete overhaul," a "retro-fitting of the entire ship," I felt sick at heart. It was as if every fear that cruise critics like me had felt when the Queen Mary's Cunard LIne was acquired by the slick and modern Carnival Cruises. If you had asked me ...

Tickets to Be Required To Enter Cinque Terre, Italy's Most Overloved Region

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2016, 12:30 AM

From a distance the sight is idyllic: five cliff-hanging fishing villages, their buildings painted colors usually reserved for blush and lemonade, the dazzling blue Mediterranean sparkling in the background, view-rich hiking trails leading visitors from one  burg to the next. But step on the cobblestoned streets of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, or Riomaggiore, and you'll e...

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...

Forget Bringing Your Own Bottles on Carnival

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/12/2015, 4:15 PM

In a move touted as a measure to control contraband alcohol, Carnival Cruise Lines is banning bottled beverages of all kinds at the pier. Bringing your own alcohol aboard a major cruise ship hasn't been kosher for years, partly to avert binge drinking and bad behavior, and partly to force passengers to buy their cocktails from the cruise line—it's a principal revenue stream. But Carniv...

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