Travel Podcasts: Cruising, California, Cuba, and Kentucky

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2019, 10:30 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  Hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran cover a lot of ground this week—but they start out on the water, chatting with cruising expert and Frommer's guidebook author Fran Gold...

Arthur Frommer: River Cruises Are Rushing to Attract Younger Passengers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/07/2019, 12:00 AM

When I went on my first river cruise (a sailing of Europe’s Rhine), I was almost the youngest person aboard. And if you’ve seen a recent photograph of me, you will know what the average age of those passengers was.   In the past, river cruises were almost entirely booked by elderly people, many in their seventies and eighties.    That’s now changing. Led by AmaWaterways, the pioneer in...

Floating Hotel Debuts in Edinburgh, Near the Queen's Old Yacht

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2019, 10:00 AM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been a yachtless monarch since the 1997 decommissioning of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, which was eventually sent to the Port of Leith in Edinburgh to serve as a tourist attraction.  Today, visitors to that Scottish city with the frequently mispronounced name can see the decks, surprisingly modest bedrooms, galley, and state dining room of a ship used by the roy...

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Paros, Greece

Places to Visit in Europe in Summer: Great Vacation Ideas

By Frommer's Staff

If you need a cheap European destination for June, July, August, or September, you have to get creative. From beaches to festivals, our continent-spanning roundup of Europe's warm-weather destinations will help you have the best summer vacation ever.  

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.

Historic Delta Queen to Resume Cruising U.S. Rivers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2018, 4:00 PM

The Delta Queen riverboat will once again cruise American waterways.  A floating National Historic Landmark, the 1920s-era vessel has been docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 2008 due to a law banning overnight cruises on wooden ships.  But a bipartisan measure exempting the Delta Queen from that prohibition was approved by Congress, clearing the way for multiday excursions aboard the histor...

Smoke on a Carnival Cruise and You Could Get Kicked Off the Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/27/2018, 12:00 AM

Carnival Cruise Line is getting stricter with passengers who light up at sea.  The company has updated its tobacco and marijuana smoking policy to include the possibility of removal from the ship for guests caught smoking in staterooms, suites, or on cabin balconies.  Any other passengers staying in the offender's room will have to leave, too, and nobody will get refunds for unused cruise fare. ...

Summer River Cruises in Europe May Now Present Problems, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2018, 12:00 AM

Should you book a European river cruise that takes place in summer? Maybe not.   Next summer’s cruise passengers are expected to encounter problems because of an unusually hot season in Europe.   The result of that torrid weather has been low water levels in isolated parts of European rivers, requiring that cruise companies alter or even cancel itineraries. They cannot operate their ships wher...

Windstar Cruises: The Star Pride Introduction

Windstar's Star Pride: A Photo Tour

By Pauline Frommer

Take a photo tour of Windstar's Star Pride boat—with our candid opinions about it.

Royal Caribbean's Private Beaches Make Second-Class Citizens of the Rest of Us

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/27/2018, 6:00 AM

Most passengers on a Caribbean cruise are by now aware of the “private beaches” and “private islands” that cruise lines operate for the purpose of keeping you from contact with local residents or businesses when your ship alights at a particular port.  This deliberate segregation has been tolerated by most of us because the artificial beaches or ports have been operated in such a way as to be r...

The Arctic's Most Remote Cruise Destination Gets Less Remote

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2018, 12:45 AM

Polar expedition cruises—the industry term for active voyages in remote, icy waters—are a big trend at sea right now. They appeal to contemporary travelers' taste for unique adventures, while climate change has made routes in the Arctic and Antarctica passable for longer stretches of the year (a development it's impossible not to feel ambivalent about to say the least). Even the famously faraway N...

What Are the World's Best Cruise Destinations? A New Poll Reveals All

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/27/2018, 5:00 PM

One of the most common questions I get when I host my syndicated radio show on travel has to do with cruise ports. A listener will call in to talk about cruises she is considering and she will ask which itinerary is best. Should she do one that has the Gulf of Alaska and the Inside Passage or just the latter? Or, when looking at Alaskan cruises, is it better to book an expedition-style boat to ex...

Walking on a beach

Best Vacation Ideas and Destinations for Seniors

By Zac Thompson

Travel tops the to-do lists of most people of retirement age and older—but where to go? We've got 10 ideas for senior travelers of every budget and level of physical ability.

Vacation along France's Canal du Midi

Cruising Down the Canal du Midi, France’s Rediscovered Wonder

By Lily Heise

Built in the late 17th century, the 150-mile-long canal is now an idyllic haven for boating, biking, and walking, and for making the most of authentic France.

As the Average Age of Europe River Cruise Guests Declines, Boats Adapt to Youth

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2018, 4:45 PM

In the early days of European river cruises, the average age of passengers caused your grandparents to seem young.  Without exaggeration, most cruisers were in their seventies, and they gloried in escorted group motorcoach tours and in multi-seat dining tables where they could socialize with a number of other elderly cruisers. That’s no longer the case. With European river cruises appealing ...

New Ferry Links Spain with Ireland, Thanks to Brexit

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2018, 5:00 PM

Something brand-new happened this month: A new ferry service between Ireland and Spain was inaugurated. Why? Because as the United Kingdom proceeds with Brexit, its half-baked plan to secede from the European Union, the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, which remains in the EU, will become much harder to cross. The new ferry service allows Irish and Spanish people to pass easily b...

Is it Safe to Travel to Hawaii in the Coming Months? What Travelers Need to Know

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2018, 6:00 PM

Updated May 26 It has been a year of dramatic news stories, but few can top the volcanic eruptions that continue to devastate portions of Hawaii’s Big Island. In just the last few weeks, entire communities have been forced to evacuate due to fissures belching lava, a flow that has destroyed some 40 structures at last count. Needless to say, now is not the time to head to the affected areas in th...

What is the Norwegian Bliss cruise ship like?

The Norwegian Bliss: See its Clubs, Private Pools, and (Yes) Racecars

By Candyce H. Stapen

Racecar tracks? Laser tag? It must be the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship in its Breakaway Plus class.

Longest-Ever Around-the-World Cruise to Set Sail in Summer 2019

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/08/2018, 9:15 PM

If you've seen a map of the world, you've seen the itinerary for the latest offering from Viking Ocean Cruises: a truly epic, ridiculously expensive, globe-girdling voyage that will leave Greenwich, London on August 31, 2019, and return to the city from the other direction eight months later. That's 245 days in total, making this the longest continuous cruise ever undertaken.  By the time the t...

Carnival Horizon

The Carnival Horizon: Complete Photo Tour of Carnival Cruise Line's Megaship

By Candyce H. Stapen

Carnival Cruise Line's Horizon is loaded with new restaurants, games, shows, and family-friendly fun. Allow us to show you around.

Renowned Ocean Liner Reborn as Floating Hotel in Dubai

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2018, 12:00 AM

The retired Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner, which the Cunard Line operated from 1969 to 2008, has been transformed into a floating hotel in Dubai. Docked at the city's Port Rashid for a decade (the 2008 recession slowed down the remodeling project), the 13-deck ship has more than 200 contemporary rooms and suites, ranging from tiny cabins to opulent aeries with private verandas. The design, accor...

A tour of the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship by Royal Caribbean, including the cheapest cabins.

Symphony of the Seas by Royal Caribbean: A Tour (and the Cheapest Cabins)

By Jason Cochran

When it was launched in 2018, Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas was the biggest cruise ship on earth. Take an photo tour, including the cheapest cabins.

Arthur Frommer: A Journalist Produces the Definitive Report on Disney Cruises

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/26/2018, 12:15 PM

Most parents are aware of the ever-expanding Disney cruise line, which enables them to join their young children on a sailing designed to fascinate. Disney currently operates four big cruise ships, and two more are reaching completion in European shipyards. Impartial descriptions of those cruises are hard to come by. Persons who write for the newspapers are loathe to criticize the powerful Disn...

"Millennial" River Cruise Brand No Longer Restricted to Millennials

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/12/2018, 5:45 PM

U by Uniworld, a new river cruise brand originally restricted to passengers aged 18 to 40—then 21 to 45—has now dropped upper age limits altogether. When the brand's pair of sleek, all-black ships, dubbed simply the A and the B, launch in April, adults of any age can be on board, even if they have memories of watching Nixon's resignation or the last episode of M*A*S*H.  In announcing the change,...

Carnival Announces New Cruises to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2018, 10:30 PM

Carnival Cruise Line is significantly increasing its sailings to Cuba.  In 2019, the company will schedule 17 new cruises to the island aboard the recently renovated Carnival Sensation.  The five-day voyages will be the line's first round-trip cruises to Cuba from Miami. They'll feature a day-long call in Havana as well as stops in Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Nassau, and the private destinations o...