Postcards From Around The World: Auckland, New Zealand

Georgina Cruz chronicles her time in Auckland, New Zealand on HAL’S world cruise aboard Amsterdam.

*At the time of publishing, all guests have been notified that HAL’s world cruise will conclude and guests will disembark in Fremantle, Australia. No further updates have been given. 

SURVEY RESULTS: Our Community’s Thoughts On Traveling During The COVID-19 Outbreak

Last week, we polled our readers to try to understand how they were going to best deal with their travel plans when it came to COVID-19. We have compiled some of their responses and added some of our own opinions to try to help give an understanding of how exactly this pandemic is impacting the cruise industry.

COVID-19 And Cruising: What Are The Risks?

Last week I sailed aboard MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia. I will cover that trip in the coming weeks, but before I do I want to talk about something that is on every traveler’s mind recently – COVID-19, better known as Coronavirus.

Should You Stay? Or Should You Go?

For those of us who are on cruises soon, a prevalent question can be summed up in the first two lines of The Clash’s 1982 hit, Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Here’s what I’m doing.

Over the Top: Touring Seven Seas Splendor & The Regent Suite

After Christie Brinkley, actress, model and godmother, christened Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor last week, Avid Cruiser set sail on the ultra-luxury ship’s four-night preview cruise roundtrip from PortMiami.

Postcards From Around The World: Papeete, Tahiti

Paul Gauguin came to Tahiti, and so did the likes of James Michener and Herman Melville, among others. It’s easy to see why: the beauty of the island with its green-clad mountains, rainforests and waterfalls and its Polynesian- and French-accented- ambiance and joie de vivre lure one and all. We have been lured a half dozen times, the latest aboard the current 2020 World Cruise of Holland America’s Amsterdam.

Boarding A Ship In The Midst Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

We’ve gotten many questions from our readers about the impacts of Coronavirus on travel plans. Will cruises be canceled or put on hold? Will travel bans be effective? What is the process of boarding a ship during an epidemic? Tomorrow as I board MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia, I will be chronicling my journey through a series of Instagram stories. We will look at the protocol taken by MSC to prevent the spread of this virus as we embark on our journey. 

Postcards From Around The World: Pacific Crossing

My husband Humberto and I had crossed the Pacific Ocean several times before so we were already keenly aware of its immensity, and were so again now as our current world cruise on Holland America’s Amsterdam sailed on it for 10 days from San Antonio (the port for Santiago), Chile, towards Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, with a call at Easter Island and scenic cruising at Pitcairn Island along the way.

How Are Ocean Cruises Different From River Cruises?

Thinking of switching from ocean cruising to river cruising, or the other way around, can be daunting. Those who have ocean cruised often feel like their options will be limited if they try a river cruise. Those who have river cruised often worry that they will be overwhelmed by the number of people on an ocean ship. But how much do these modes of transport actually differ?

Silversea’s February News Roundup

Silversea Cruises is having a busy WAVE season, as sales have opened on the line’s 51-port Grand Voyage Arctic 2021. Silversea has also introduced zero single supplement fares on a selection of nine voyages, providing solo travelers on bookings made by February 28. 

Silver Galapagos

Exploring The Galapagos On A Budget

Perfect white-sand beaches, clear turquoise water and rare wildlife make the Galapagos Islands a bucket list destination for just about every traveler. Take one look at the advertised vacation package prices however and it quickly becomes out of financial reach for many folks. Luckily, putting together a budget trip that still offers snorkeling, wildlife viewing and all the perks of higher-priced trips is entirely possible.