Asian adventures planned for 2010-11 on Azamara Quest

Azamara, the Royal Caribbean-owned cruise line targeting travelers who want a blend of adventure and luxury, is planning some extended Asian expeditions for the 2010-2011 season. The 694-guest Azamara Quest will be deployed on her third Asian season, with two repositioning cruises bracketing a series of six Southeast Asia trips connecting Singapore and Hong Kong…. [Read More]

Airfare included with Inside Passage itineraries from Holland America

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]

Ruby Princess makes Christmas getaways

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]

Lowering The Bow


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]

Master Chef Nobu to sail with Crystal Serenity

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]

Stranger In A Strange Land: Easter Witches, Donald Duck and Fika

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]

A Better Life


[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]