Holland America is folding free airfare from 11 Western cities into some of its Alaskan Explorer itineraries through the Inside Passage this summer, creating some attractive and unusual values during the 50th anniversary celebration of Alaska’s statehood. The special promotion applies to select seven-day sailings from Seattle on ms Zaandam, ms Amsterdam and ms Westerdam… [Read More]
With more than 19,000 total square feet of space catering to children, ‘tweens and teens – from expansive indoor and outdoor play areas to a sprawling aqua park housing the cruise industry’s longest water slide – the 130,000-ton Carnival Dream, due out in December, is designed as the ideal family vacation. The focal point of… [Read More]
A neat seasonal twist on the idea of an abbreviated cruise getaway, Princess Cruises is offering two short three-day Caribbean itineraries aboard one of its newest ships, the Ruby Princess, just prior to Christmas this year. Replacing a scheduled wetdock for the ship that has been deemed unnecessary, the cruises will depart Fort Lauderdale and… [Read More]
Norwegian Epic’s construction, underway at STX Europe in St. Nazaire, France, celebrated a milestone in the early morning hours last Wednesday, April 9, when the ship’s bow was lowered into place. The bow, known as block 642, weighed 445 tons and measured 85 feet long, 108 feet wide and almost 30 feet high. The process… [Read More]
Passengers aboard the Crystal Serenity’s July 28 Mediterranean itinerary will enjoy a special culinary treat. Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, famous for blending traditional Japanese cuisine with Peruvian influences, will be onboard, preparing a week of Omakase dinners, which means chef’s choice, in the Silk Road restaurant. Nobu has been directing the menus and training the… [Read More]
Say hello to the Easter tree. Actually, it’s not a tree at all but a collection of long willowy twigs with yellow feathers attached. This is the traditional Easter decoration here in Sweden. Easter, or Påsk as it is known, has some, er, “different” traditions associated with it. If you’re cruising to Sweden or just… [Read More]
[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the fall 2005 issue of The Avid Cruiser.] It made Wilfredo Tubog proud that he had saved $30,000 for his kids’ college education. After all, that was the reason he took a job on a cruise ship. He knew that he could earn much more than he could… [Read More]
Mid-Atlantic Ridge, March 28, 9 a.m. — My stateroom TV displays an icon of our ship on the Atlantic Ocean. Six days after leaving Miami, we have crossed the Mid-Atlantic Ridge en route to Funchal, capital of Portugal’s Madeira Islands, where we will make landfall nine days after departing south Florida.