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Virtual Cruise: Carnival Breeze
by Kuki
Our staff blogger is on the new Carnival Breeze for 12 nights to share the Fun Ship 2.0 experience with our readers.
06-29-12

Five Essential Tips for First-time Cruisers
by Paul Motter
How to find the best cruise ship for your personal style and save money.
06-28-12

Kuki Blog Update!
This Blog Is A Breeze
When this Blog is posted on Wednesday morning I'll hopefully be on board the Carnival Breeze in Barcelona, Spain, about to begin a 12 day cruise through ... Go>
06-27-12

Crystal Discounts for Solo Cruisers
by Paul Motter
Crystal Cruises has single supplements as low as 110-percent for Mediterranean cruises this fall.
06-26-12

Exciting Changes for American Queen
by Tim Rubacky
The Great American Steamboat Company is changing its name to American Queen Steamboat Company.
06-26-12

Norwegian Breakaway Comes Together
by Paul Motter
With an impending new announcement to come on Friday, let's look at what we already know about Norwegian's newest cruise ship.
06-25-12

AmaWaterways' French Future
by Jason Leppert
Offering some of the largest cabins on French river sailings, AmaWaterways will make its way down the Rhone and Seine Rivers in 2013.
06-22-12

Celebrity Millennium: Solsticization Review
by Jason Leppert
An extensive look at and review of the completed Solsticization of the Celebrity Millennium.
06-21-12

Paul Motter Blog Update!
John Kerry's Office Refutes ICV Allegations
The "International Cruise Victims" are up in arms again because of the final state of the new "Cruise Safety Act of 2012." Before the bill was ... Go>
06-20-12

Titanic II Takes the Next Step
by Paul Motter
Australian Clive Palmer plans to recreate the Titanic for New York to U.K. transatlantic crossings.
06-19-12

Kuki Blog Update!
This Blog Is A Breeze
On board the Carnival Breeze in Barcelona, Spain, about to begin a 12 day cruise through the western Mediterranean Go>
06-19-12

Mid-season Alaska Cruise Deals
by Paul Motter
There are still great cruise deals to be had this summer on Alaskan itineraries if you shop around.
06-18-12

Carnival Breeze - First Look
by Paul Motter
The Carnival Breeze sports a surprisingly subdued interior - not a Joe Farcus design.
06-18-12

Virtual Cruise: Celebrity Millennium
by Jason Leppert
We are just leaving our Alaska cruise on the newly "Solsticized" Millennium today - see our final thoughts.
06-15-12

Princess Father's Day Sale
by Paul Motter
Princess Cruise Line is just revealed special discounts on 80 cruises for the Father's day Sale to end June 18.
06-14-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Cruising's Gonna Be A Breeze
Carnival Breeze. As far as I'm concerned that is one of the best names ever for a ship in today's cruise industry. I hear the name Carnival ... Go>
06-13-12

Rock Legends Cruise II - Surprise Additions
by Paul Motter
We thought the marquee lineup for RLC 2 was finalized - but no, they just added more legends to the bill.
06-13-12

Year of the Mediterranean - 2012
by Paul Motter
We have been saying it for years, but it just keeps getting better and better. This is the year to take a Mediterranean cruise.
06-12-12

St. Martin Attraction – That Yoda Guy
by Paul Motter
Explore a surprising exhibit where Hollywood meets the Caribbean in St. Martin.
06-08-12

Europe's Atlantic, Baltic and River Cruises
by Paul Motter
A guide for people considering a European cruise: The Baltic and Atlantic cruise ports and river cruises.
06-08-12

Mediterranean Cruise Port Guide
by Paul Motter
Mediterranean cruises are on sale in 2012: A synopsis of the most common ports of call.
06-07-12

Kuki Blog Update!
What You Need To Know About Cruising In Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is upon us. Hurricane season "officially" began June 1, and runs through November. This year's hurricane season activity is predicted to be below "normal" or "average", but of course ... Go>
06-06-12

The State of the Mexican Riviera
by Jason Leppert
A detailed look at the current status and future of the Mexican Riviera cruise market, including a brand new port.
06-05-12

Summer Premium Bargains 2012
by Paul Motter
Premium cruise lines Holland America and Celebrity Cruises have summer cruises "on sail" in 2012
06-04-12

Cruising to Athens - Scary or Sane?
by Janice Wald Henderson
A reassuring look at Athens as a Mediterranean cruise destination and a scrumptious taste of the local culinary fare.
06-01-12

A Fresh Carnival Breeze
by Paul Motter
Carnival Breeze brings a radically new and fresh design to Carnival Cruise Line.
05-31-12

Kuki Blog Update!
What We Can Do To Help The Cruise Lines
This week an article by Associate Press talked about how the airlines are considering charging additional fees if family members flying together want to insure they ... Go>
05-30-12

Goodbye to Don Sherman
by Paul Motter
Remembering the infamous cruise ship comedian and his legacy of exceptional entertainment.
05-29-12

Royal Caribbean Bets Big on China
by Paul Motter
With two mega-ships, Voyager and Mariner of the Seas, set to sail from Singapore in 2013, Royal Caribbean is primed for the Chinese market.
05-28-12

IMO Safety Recommendations
by Paul Motter
Maritime Safety Committee agrees to Passenger Safety recommendations with Advice from CLIA
05-28-12

Oceania Brings Us the Riviera
by Paul Motter
With two brand new ships now comprising the majority of capacity, Oceania has been transformed into a completely new cruise line.
05-25-12

New Royal Princess Entertainment Venues
by Paul Motter
The innovative Royal Princess entertainment venues include a live television studio with audience.
05-24-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Great Occasions To Celebrate On A Cruise
Thankfully during the course of our lives we have many life events we celebrate. The celebration of many of those life events are easily arranged and ... Go>
05-23-12

Holland America Wins Top Environment Award
by Paul Motter
The U.S. Coast Guard awards prestigious honors to Holland America for environmental stewardship at sea
05-22-12

A Norwegian Epic Summer 2012
by Paul Motter
Norwegian Epic offers a lively summer Riviera experience in the Western Med in 2012.
05-22-12

Rock Legends Cruise II - Final Lineup
by Paul Motter
The finalized artist roster for the upcoming Rock Legends Cruise II includes Paul Rodgers, Foreigner, Creedence Clearwater Rev. &more.
05-21-12

Zero Tolerance Policies!
by Paul Motter
New rules for cruise passengers come with absolutely no exceptions - and you need to know!
05-18-12

Christine Duffy Christens Riverboat
by Paul Motter
Duffy, president of the CLIA, becomes a godmother to the AmaWaterways' newest beauty, AmaCerto.
05-18-12

Carnival Breeze - FunShip Says It All
by Paul Motter
The new Carnival ship is made for real interactivity - and not only in the virtual sense.
05-17-12

Kuki Blog Update!
It's Getting Easier To Cruise Without Clothes
To those who haven't been watching, there's been a sea change in suggested dress codes, and what is considered acceptable attire, on board an ever expanding list ... Go>
05-16-12

Disney Fantasy: A Dream Come True - Part 3
by Jason Leppert
A cruise enthusiast and Disney fanboy sets sail on and reviews his first ever Disney cruise. And now the continuation...
05-15-12

Disney Fantasy: A Dream Come True - Part 2
by Jason Leppert
Previously on CruiseMates: A cruise enthusiast and Disney fanboy sets sail on and reviews his first ever Disney cruise.
05-14-12

Disney Fantasy: A Dream Come True - Part 1
by Jason Leppert
A cruise enthusiast and Disney fanboy sets sail on and reviews his first ever Disney cruise.
05-11-12

Oceania's Riviera Delivers Cuisine
by Paul Motter
The Bon Appétit Culinary Center on Oceania's new ships delivers a cooking experience no other line can match.
05-10-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Stuff You Should Know Before You Go
Ever since travel by cruise ship evolved into "cruising", as we know it today, there have been hundreds of thousands of words written, as helpful information, ... Go>
05-09-12

Oceania Riviera - First Report
by Paul Motter
Oceania hits another home run with Riviera, the follow up sister to Marina, the best of breed "Up-scale" ships in the world
05-08-12

Oceania Cruises Says "Bon Appétit!"
by Janice Wald Henderson
Set sail on two fine food and wine voyages onboard the upcoming Riviera and Marina.
05-04-12

Australian to Build Titanic Replica
by Paul Motter
Just when our U.S.-based cruise lines decide to invade Australia, a local also enters the cruise market.
05-03-12

Kuki Blog Update!
There's Still Great Value in Cruising
In these still tough economic times there's few people who don't look to get excellent value for each and every dollar they spend. And this holds ... Go>
05-02-12

Norwegian Breakaway: Water and Sports Zones
by Paul Motter
With exciting outdoor options Norwegian Breakaway takes outdoor cruise ship fun to new levels.
05-01-12

'Twilight of the Pharaohs': A 'Must See' Exhibit
by Barbara Ferguson and Tim Kennedy
Egyptology and antiquity fans won't want to miss this displayed collection of precious treasures in Paris.
04-27-12

Carnival Breeze Defines a New Carnival
by Paul Motter
Piece by piece, the new Carnival ship takes shape at the European shipyard – and we've got her covered.
04-26-12

Kuki Blog Update!
5 Ports That Demand a Pre-Cruise Stay
While I always prefer to head to my port of embarkation a night prior to sailing, there are some are some ports of embarkation/disembarkation where more than ... Go>
04-25-12

How to Pack for ANY Cruise
by Paul Motter
Every week someone in our forums will ask "I am taking a cruise to [fill in the blank]. How should I pack?"
04-24-12

Radiance of the Seas – Alaska
by Paul Motter
Already considered a favorite by many Royal Caribbean fans, Radiance is now upgraded and a bargain!
04-23-12

Sailing Oceania's Riviera
Casual elegance meets style and sophistication aboard the newest vessel from upscale Oceania Cruises.
04-20-12

2012 - Holland America Euro Bargains
by Paul Motter
Seven-day European cruises from $599 per person plus air and shipboard credits and kids sailing free.
04-19-12

Kuki Blog Update!
What's Wrong With Flying
Flying PHX (Phoenix Sky Harbor) to YYC (Calgary International) direct non-stop; flying time 2:38 minutes. It sounds simple and easy enough, right? Admittedly, I am a pathetic ... Go>
04-18-12

Celebrity Infinity: Solsticization Tour
by Jason Leppert
A detailed photo tour of the recently Solsticized Celebrity Infinity and all of her latest features.
04-17-12

NCL: Free Tours For Kids 2012
by Paul Motter
Norwegian is offering free tours on any cruise to kids 12-under, 50% off for 13-17. But book before May 13!
04-16-12

Titanic 100 Years Later
by Paul Motter
A few outstanding memorial events for the 100-year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
04-16-12

New Technology Saves Lives
by Jason Leppert
A conversation with the Vice President of Security Services for Carnival sheds light on the reality of rescues at sea.
04-13-12

Love for Sail
by Paul Motter
The Lifetime Network's new "reality" series sets sail aboard the Norwegian Epic.
04-12-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Imagination For Hire; Ship For Brains
A few weeks ago, here on my Blog, I was lobbying to become the first male Godfather of a ship (ignore the obvious fact in that ... Go>
04-11-12

Rock Legends Cruise II - Getting Ship Shape
by Paul Motter
The lineup for the second Rock Legends Cruise promises more rock 'n roll history on the high seas.
04-10-12

Why Brits Don't Tip on Ships
by Paul Motter
Outdated onboard gratuity policies complicate cultural inclinations towards tipping.
04-09-12

Silversea Summer Sails for Foodie Fun
by Janice Wald Henderson
New European culinary adventures expand the list of the cruise line's summer shore excursions.
04-06-12

Savings on Shore Excursions!
by Paul Motter
Well-established tour operator Viator has a new web site where cruise passengers can book shore excursions at a savings.
04-05-12

Kuki Blog Update!
My Recommended Suggestions When Cruising With Kids
A very significant portion of the cruise industry these days view their target audience to be families. It's rather obvious if you look at their marketing, as ... Go>
04-04-12

Cruises for Dead People
by Paul Motter
You can now make arrangements for your final cruise well in advance at MyFinalCruise.com.
04-03-12

American Queen Will Entertain
by Paul Motter
The Great American Steamboat will feature "Name" acts like Lovin' Spoonful, the Platters, B.J. Thomas and Bill Haley's Comets.
04-02-12

Paul Motter Blog Update!
More Harassing the Cruise industry
Carnival Triumph was seized by order of a federal magistrate on Saturday citing a lawsuit filed by the family of Siglinde Stumpf, a German tourist who ... Go>
03-31-12

Christine Duffy Defends the Cruise Industry
by Paul Motter
Amidst troubles, the president of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association, upholds the integrity of the cruise industry.
03-30-12

Oceania Riviera Ready to Roar
by Paul Motter
Riviera just completed her sea trials and is ready to begin full operation May 9, 2012
03-29-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Royal Princess Mediterranean/Transatlantic Combo With CruiseMates
In 2013 Princess Cruise Line will debut it's newest cruise ship; Royal Princess. At 141,000 gross tons, and capable of carrying 3800 passengers, she will in fact be the 3rd ship to ... Go>
03-28-12

Viking River Cruises' Expanding Fleet
by Jason Leppert
Viking River Cruises just christened four new riverboats including the beautiful Viking Odin, reviewed here.
3-27-12

New NCL Youth Programs
by Paul Motter
NCL provides details about the new fleet-wide youth programs including sports, creative arts and family activities.
3-23-12

Virtual Cruise: Viking Odin
by Jason Leppert
Onboard the brand new Viking Odin riverboat for her christening and preview cruise.
03-22-12

Ten Cruise Secrets You Need to Know
By Paul Motter
Special Cruise Tips; what every cruiser needs to know to get the best out of their cruise choices
03-21-12

Kuki Blog Update!
A Sea-side Resort At Sea
At least in terms of "Caribbean cruising", the main stream contemporary cruise lines have always felt their #1 competition came from sea-side all inclusive land based resorts. The ... Go>
03-21-12

Cruise Shipping Miami 2012
By Jason Leppert
This year's biggest cruise industry conference. What is the "shape of the cruise industry?"
03-20-12

CruiseMates Cruise Secrets!
Go directly to the complete guide to cruising with something for everyone. The first 10 articles offer every trick we can conjure on how to save money and get the most out of your cruise.
03-19-12

Virtual Cruise: Norwegian Epic
by Paul Motter
Paul is sailing onboard the Epic this week. Check out all his latest reports here.
03-19-12

Regent Adds Fine Italian Dining
by Janice Wald Henderson
Regent Seven Seas will now feature full service Italian dining nightly across the fleet
03-14-12

The New Norwegian Breakaway Waterfront
by Paul Motter
The new "Waterfront" Promenade Deck on Norwegian Breakaway brings a new level of interaction with the sea
03-14-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Time To End Sexism In The Cruise Industry
You'll have to forgive the sensationalistic headline. I don't really believe that sexism is rampant throughout the cruise industry. But...I do think the value of the feminine ... Go>
03-14-12

Cruise News From SeaTrade 2012
by Paul Motter
The annual Cruise Shipping Miami convention featured the "State of the Industry" conference this morning.  03-13-12

Picking Your First Cruise Ship
by Paul Motter
A guide to help first-time cruisers differentiate and select their first cruise line and ship.
03-13-12

Norwegian Introduces "Chef's Table"
by Paul Motter
Following the lead of some other cruise lines, NCL now touts an exclusive cruise culinary experience.
03-12-12

Shore Excursions and Tours
by Paul Motter
How to save money on shore tours and time in port during your cruise.
03-08-12

Oceania 2013 European Cruises on Sale Now
by Paul Motter
Oceania Marina and Riviera bookings in Europe 2013 just opened yesterday with 2 for 1 fares and free air.
03-08-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Things I Bet You Don't Know About Cruising
With literally hundreds of media outlets covering the cruise industry with almost microscopic coverage, there are very few secrets about the industry that are unexposed. However, in ... Go>
03-07-12

Saving Money During the Cruise
by Paul Motter
The experienced CruiseMates cruisers tell us how to save money on shipboard charges during a cruise.
03-06-12

Oceania Riviera Breaks Godmother Tradition
by Janice Wald Henderson
Celeb chef Cat Cora - the only female Iron Chef on Food Network's iconic Iron Chef America - is rocking this boat.
03-05-12

Disney Fantasy Arrives in New York
by Jason Leppert
UPDATED ��� The new Disney Fantasy makes her inaugural stop in America in preparation for her christening.
03-01-12

Royal Caribbean Orders New Ship
by Paul Motter
The line picks up the option to build a second iteration of the brand-new Project Sunshine class.
02-29-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Cruising Is Easier Than Ever
From step 1- choosing a cruise, to booking a cruise, to preparing for your cruise, to shipboard activities, to port of call tours, though it may seem complicated, cruising ... Go>
02-29-12

Leap Day Cruise Sales 2012
by Paul Motter
Carnival, Princess, Viking River and two cruise agencies offer special incentives
02-28-12

Costa Allegra Adrift in Indian Ocean
by Paul Motter
Another setback for Costa Cruises as an engine room fire sets an older ship adrift at sea near Madagascar.
02-27-12

Costa Media Onslaught in Europe
by Paul Motter
The reputation of Costa Cruises is likely in more danger than the cruise line's financial status.
02-27-12

Cruise Ship Stateroom Selection
by Paul Motter
How to get the best deals and the smoothest ride - location, size, amenities and number of beds.
02-24-12

Concordia Divers Find Eight More Bodies
by Paul Motter
The sad aftermath of the Concordia disaster continues as eight more bodies are discovered.
02-23-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Theme Cruises That Might Be Fun
Theme cruises have become a significant part of the cruise industry. There are all variety of music cruises; from rock and roll legends cruises, to smooth ... Go>
02-22-12

Cruisin' U.S.A.
by Jason Leppert
The unique laws and agreements that cruise lines must follow to operate within the United States.
02-21-12

More Royal Princess Revealed
by Paul Motter
The new expanded atrium on Royal Princess, to debut June 2013, will have a hub for food and fun night and day.
02-20-12

The Unique CruiseMates Community
by Paul Motter
With group cruises and advice, CruiseMates is one of the oldest and most friendly cruise guides online
02-15-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Cruising is Intoxicating
While every type of business depends on repeat business, I believe there are few with such a loyal customer base as cruising. On virtually every ... Go>
02-15-12

Foodie Cruise, French-Style
by Janice Wald Henderson
Le Boréal Superstar Chef Sailing
02-14-12

How to Complain to a Cruise Line and Get Results
by Paul Motter
A poll of our readers finds surprises in the most effective ways to get satisfaction for problems -- including financial compensation.
02-13-12

Cruise Tips: Next Chapter
by Paul Motter
How to save money on your cruises and other related costs by timing your cruise purchase.
02-10-12

Sapphire Princess Gets a Facelift
by Paul Motter
Sapphire Princess, one of the largest ships remaining on the West Coast, is now as classy as the newest Princess ships.
02-09-12

Kuki Blog Update!
A Growing Trend In Caribbean Cruising?
Winter comes and cruisers minds turn to escaping to the warmth of the Caribbean. That statement has been true for many years, and continues to be ... Go>
02-08-12

Comparing Celebrity's Solsticized Ships
by Jason Leppert
An illustrated exploration of the variances across the Solsticized Millennium-class ships.
02-07-12

Concordia's Effect on Cruise Sales Explored
by Paul Motter
An interview with CruisePlanners' Michelle Fee to assess the current sales situation.
02-06-12

Cruise Contests: Win a Free Cruise?
by Paul Motter
Your odds of winning a free cruise by entering these contests are often better than you might think.
02-03-12

Cruise Tips: Selecting a Cruise Port
by Paul Motter
The first of a series, this article features the secrets to choosing a port of departure that is best suited to your travels.
02-02-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Should Cruise Pricing Be Transparent?
On Jan. 26, 2012, in the United States, it became law that in the interests of public transparency, airlines publish pricing which includes all taxes. This law allows the people searching ... Go>
02-01-12

Quick Trip for Slow Food with Silversea
by Janice Wald Henderson
A new pre- or post-cruise land package option for foodies accompanies Silversea Mediterranean itineraries.
01-31-12

Blog Update!
Lawyers Vow to Defend Costa Victims
Two Manhattan-based law firms vowing to defend all of the victims of the Concordia disaster may face hurdles in bringing a class action lawsuit to the ... Go>
01-30-12

Blog Update!
Concordia: Exception that Proves the Rule
Cruising as a travel option still has a far better safety record than driving or flying. Go>
01-27-12

Oceania Marina: Best Cuisine at Sea
by Paul Motter
A gourmand's delight, the Marina proudly prepares a cornucopia of culinary creations that rival the food offerings on luxury lines.
01-26-12

Kuki Blog Update!
The Service Dilemma; Under-trained Staff & Under-trained Cruisers
Note: This blog post (below) was written prior to the Costa Corcordia tragedy, and originally intended to run last week. I held it back a week ... Go>
01-25-12

Norwegian Cruise Line: Facebook Contest
Fans can win one of five Norwegian cruise vacations to an amazing destination
01-24-12

Crystal Cruises' Notable Nobu News
by Janice Wald Henderson
Nobu Matsuhisa, will grace a Crystal Serenity sailing with his presence, personally preparing dishes and teaching a cooking class.
01-24-12

Silversea Steps Up Entertainment
by Paul Motter
Brand new shows from proven hit makers are making their debuts on Silversea ships right now.
01-23-12

Costa Concordia in Context
by Jason Leppert
Putting the Costa Concordia disaster in historical perspective.
01-20-12

Costa Concordia Questions and Answers
by Paul Motter
I was given a list of question by a radio reporter, and here are some of the answers.
01-19-12

What the Media is Missing in Concordia
by Paul Motter
Is Costa liable for Concordia? If the cowboy captain had sent a Mayday this would be an entirely different story.
01-18-12

Kuki Blog Update!
The Cruise Cult
I originally wrote a blog on a different topic for today, but due to the tragic events involving the Costa Concordia this past week, I've chosen ... Go>
01-18-12

Disney Fantasy Becomes Reality
by Jason Leppert
A comprehensive photo walkthrough and feature presentation of the nearly completed Disney Fantasy.
01-17-12

Paul Motter Blog Update!
Concordia - What We Finally Know
We now know the ship DID hit the rocks during the sail-by just outside the two Le Scole reef islands. This ... Go>
01-16-12

Paul Motter Blog Update!
Concordia - Still More Question than Answers
We are not much closer to knowing exactly what happened with the Concordia now than we were on Friday. ... Go>
01-16-12

Understanding the Costa Concordia Disaster
by Paul Motter
An article for people with questions about Costa Cruise Lines' operations and the disaster. Updated Information.
01-13-12

Virtual Cruise: Disney Fantasy
by Jason Leppert
The first pictures from Disney Fantasy - in the Papenburg shipyard - arrive from our onsite reporter.
01-12-12

Thrill 5-D Theater - Carnival Breeze
by Paul Motter
The next Carnival cruise ship experience will tickle you in unexpected ways
01-12-12

Kuki Blog Update!
The Very Best CruiseMates Group Cruise Yet
Over the years we've had quite a number of CruiseMates Group Cruises. They're all great fun because of the comraderie, and the fun events that the ... Go>
01-11-12

Calculating Passenger Space Ratio
by Paul Motter
Exactly how useful is this industry standard? In some cases not useful at all.
01-10-12

Oceania Marina's Culinary Coup
by Janice Wald Henderson
Luxury Cuisine for Less
01-09-12

George Smith Mystery Continues
NBC's Dateline will revisit the 2005 George Smith shipboard disappearance with "new evidence" tonight at 10:00 pm.
01-06-12

Overcoming the Motion of the Ocean
Should you avoid cruise travel due to fear of seasickness? How can those prone to the symptoms curb the effects?
01-06-12

Cruise Ship Trends for 2012
What you need to know about this year's seven new cruise ships.
01-05-12

Crystal Cruises Redefined
Crystal is ready to give its rivals a run for their money as the cruise line pairs its luxury excellence with all-inclusive fares.
01-05-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Compromise Is Necessary To Cruise
People who have cruised previously are quite likely the #1 reason new people choose to cruise for the first time. Whether it's family members pushing you to join them ... Go>
01-04-12

David and Linda Love Carnival Cruises
A few simple actions by Carnival employees merit loyalty from one family for over 100 cruises.
01-03-12

Crystal's New Year
by Judy Cuervo
In 2012, Crystal Cruises embraces the all-inclusive model found aboard many of its competitors.
01-02-12

 

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Royal Caribbean Orders New Oasis
by Paul Motter
A third Oasis class ship is now confirmed, but this one will be built in France
12-27-12

Christmas Markets - Final Edition
by Paul Motter
My final Christmas Markets cruise report from Salzburg - city of Mozart and Sound of Music - in December.
12-27-12

A Cruise-style Christmas at Home
by Janice Wald Henderson
Whether you have cruise-envy, or you want to share cruise life with your guests, have a cruise-style Christmas at home.
12-25-12

Royal Princess Roundup
by Paul Motter
All of the news and details on the new Royal Princess conveniently compiled in one place for our readers.
12-24-12

Viking River Longboats
by Paul Motter
The latest design in riverboats from Viking River, the "Longboats" are spacious, high-tech and fully complemented.
12-22-12

What to Do if Your Passport Expires
by Paul Motter
You didn't check until the last minute - and your passport expired. How to get a new one fast and other options.   12-21-12

Europe in Autumn, Winter and Spring
by Paul Motter
How to pack for all off-season European cruises by region; Mediterranean to Baltic; autumn, winter and spring
12-20-12

Royal Caribbean: New Beverage and Dining Programs
by Paul Motter
New inclusive beverage and dining packages make Royal Caribbean cruising more comprehensive and less complicated
12-18-12

Third Oasis-class Ship on Hold
by Paul Motter
We look at some of the finer details behind the deal to build the third Oasis-class ship
12-17-12

Top Five Gifts for Cruise Gourmets
by Janice Wald Henderson
A selection of food-related gifts for your gourmet-cruise cuisine enthusiast
12-14-12

Christmas Markets Cruise - continued
by Paul Motter
A pre-Christmas winter cruise to Europe to see the traditional Christmas Markets of Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg and more
12-12-12

Bundling Cruise Services Into Price
by Paul Motter
Cruise lines bundling tours, drinks, Wi-Fi and pre-cruise hotels are seeing serious success.
12-11-12

Christmas Markets Packing
by Paul Motter
What to take on a European Christmas Markets River Cruise on the Rhine or Danube Rivers
12-10-12

Celebrity Reflection Completes the Fleet
by Paul Motter
Celebrity Reflection's delivery tops off the Solstice-class, and now allows Celebrity time for new goals.
12-07-12

Luxe Lunch Aboard Crystal
By Janice Wald Henderson
Taking a tour for a taste of the "luxe" Crystal Symphony while she is in port in Los Angeles.
12-6-12

Sabrett Hot Dogs on Norwegian Breakaway
by Janice Wald Henderson
A frank taste of the Big Apple at sea on New York's Ship
12-03-12

Christmas Markets Cruise Deals
by Paul Motter
The European Christmas Markets Cruises are among the most memorable holiday experiences possible.
10-29-12

Carnival in Hot Water with Drag Queens
by Paul Motter
A special "Drag Stars at Sea" cruise goes downhill before it gets started due to mis-steps by management.
11-28-12

Are You Ready for Royal Princess?
by Paul Motter
Royal Princess takes the cruise line to a new level in terms of design and scale.
11-27-12

Last Minute Bargains Are Back
by Paul Motter
"How low can you go?" is the cruise price question for December, the slowest selling month every year.
11-26-12

Kuki Blog Update!
How Cruise Packing Has Changed
Relaxing dress codes, weight restrictions and fees by the airlines and self disembarkation have significantly reduced the amount of cruise luggage. Go>
11-20-12

2013 Music Cruises: Jazz, Blues and Rock
by Paul Motter
Most music cruises sail in the early months of the new year; January to March, so it's time to look and book.
11-17-12

New York Cruising Recovers from Sandy
by Paul Motter
It has taken a Herculean effort to keep New York running as a cruise port - post-Sandy
11.17.12

Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal Gets Busy
by Paul Motter
In one day two different cruise lines announce new cruises out of Houston's Bayport Cruise Terminal
11-16-12

New Cruise Safety Measures
by Paul Motter
Even more new safety measures and policies for cruise ships have just been adopted by CLIA
11-15-12

Norwegian to Upgrade Pride of America
by Paul Motter
The largest American-flagged cruise ship in service will get new suites, staterooms, public rooms and amenities
11-13-12

Book Your Hawaii Cruise Now
by Paul Motter
With the prices going up January 1st, it is time to book your Pride of America Hawaii cruise now
11-12-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Things You Really Should Buy On A Cruise
My suggestions for things everyone should buy to make for a better cruise experience.Go>
11-13-12

Royal Caribbean - New Wine Policy
by Paul Motter
Royal Caribbean now allows boarding guests to bring two bottles of wine or champagne aboard
11-08-12

More Carnival Sunshine Revealed
by Paul Motter
Carnival just opened up a new web-based reveal for Project Sunshine, the refurbished Carnival Destiny. 11-08-12

Royal Caribbean - New Wine Policy
by Paul Motter
Royal Caribbean now allows boarding guests to bring two bottles of wine or champagne aboard
11-08-12

Crystal Offers Solo Cruiser Discounts
by Paul Motter
Single supplements as low as 10% make certain Crystal 2013 sailings very attractive to solo cruisers
11-08-12

Three CruiseMates Election Day Predictions
by Paul Motter
This is a very close race but we have our own Election Day certainties about the future of cruising. 11-06-12

Kuki Blog Update!
What You're Likely To Notice On Board
The first thing you're likely to notice is there are many people uglier than you, and I think I'm pretty darn uglyGo>
11-06-12

Three Vital Cruise Purchase Tips
by Paul Motter
Hurricane Sandy shows us how cruise, insurance and airfare purchase decisions can have consequences.
11-05-12

Celebrity "Pop-Up" Restaurant in San Francisco
By Janice Wald Henderson
Check your calendar for a chance to sample Celebrity Cruise-style cuisine in San Francisco Nov. 14 and 15.
11-02-12

Holland America 3-Star Michelin Chef Restaurant
by Janice Wald Henderson
The new "Pop Up" Restaurant on the MS Rotterdam is inspired by Three-Star Michelin Chef Jonnie Boer.
11-02-12

Silversea Brings Back Best-fare Guarantees
by Paul Motter
The new "Silver Privilege" program offers guests a guaranteed, simple to understand, low-fare price structure with best price guarantees if the fare goes even lower.
11-01-12

Silversea Launches Silver Galapagos
by Janice Wald Henderson
Silversea's second five-star expedition-focused cruise ship combines luxury with green tourism
11-01-12

New Ships for 2015
by Paul Motter
Three Cruise Lines Just Announced New Ships Coming in 2015 Time-frame
10-30-12

Kuki Blog Update!
How To Book A Cruise
The most important thing to know is that there is much more to do than simply booking the cruise.Go>
10-30-12

Hurricane Sandy - Monday Updates
by Paul Motter
Sandy is causing disruption of several cruises as it hovers near the departure ports of several cities.   10-29-12

Cruise Week Sales on NOW
by Paul Motter
Cruise Week is an annual CLIA-sponsored event where all member cruise lines offer cruise booking incentives.
10-22-12

Royal Caribbean: A Third Oasis?
by Paul Motter
Royal Caribbean just confirmed they are negotiating for a third vessel in the "Oasis" class.
10.25.12

Cruising In Hurricane Season
by Kuki
What happens to your vacation when a hurricanes roars to life the same week as the cruise you booked six months ago?
10-25-12

48 Hours in Beijing
by Janice Wald Henderson
An Inside Guide to Exploring this Exotic City with just 48 hours before or after your cruise.
10-23-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Cruising Is Not For Everyone
From a cruise enthusiast, it's only fair to be honest with people who may be considering a cruise.Go>
10-23-12

Best Caribbean Cruises for Winter 2013
by Paul Motter
A comparison of the best of the best cruise ships from the top three cruise lines
10-19-12

How to Charter a Yacht
by Peter Smith
A self-charterd yacht can provide a cruise where the program is completely up to you

Norwegian Orders Brand New Ship
by Paul Motter
This new class of Breakaway-plus ship is a hefty 163,000-tons for just 4200 passenger berths
10-17-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Being Shrewd On Your Cruise
We all set out to enjoy, explore, seek adventure, and relax on a cruise. Yet, none of that means we should put our brains on remote.Go>
10-16-12

Cruise Lines Fight Agent Discounts
by Paul Motter
But the buyer will benefit with more clarity in cruise pricing
10-16-12

Bringing Baby on Your Cruise
by Paul Motter
What do various cruise lines offer to the parents of babies and toddlers six to 36-months?
10-15-12

Five Essential Tips for First-time Cruisers
by Paul Motter
How to find the best cruise ship for your personal style and save money.
10-15-12

15 Unexpectedly Essential Items for Your Cruise
by Paul Motter
Our own experienced CruiseMates devise a list of essential items to bring on every cruise   Go>
10-11-11

15 Unexpectedly Essential Items for Your Cruise
by Paul Motter
Our own experienced CruiseMates devise a list of essential items to bring on every cruise   Go>
10-11-11

Time to Raise the Bar on Cruise Ships?
by Paul Motter
The time for the conversation on whether it should be made impossible to go overboard has arrived
10-11-12

Kuki Blog Update!
The Upgrade Fairy Has Transferred To Sales
One of the very common threads on all cruise related message boards used to be talk about the affectionately termed "upgrade fairy". Go>
10-09-12

The New P & O Ship Looks Familiar
by Paul Motter
A close facsimile to the Royal Princess arriving in 2013   10-09-12

The Rise of E-Cruising
by Paul Motter
As predicted 13 years ago, every single cruise booking made today now has an Internet component
10-08-12

Social Media Cruise Contests
by Paul Motter
Here are two different social media platform cruise contests you can enter right now.
10-04-12

Royal Caribbean: A Third Oasis?
by Paul Motter
A Finnish newspaper is saying that Royal Caribbean is close to ordering a third vessel in the "Oasis" class.
10.03.12

Kuki Blog Update!
Who You Are Cruising With
Honestly, there is no way to specifically identify the demographic of every cruise line, on every itinerary, though I do think it's a question cruisers wonder about before they cruise.Go>
10-02-12

What Cruise Lines Don't Want You to Know
by Paul Motter
The allegations that cruise ship employees are paid "slave wages" come up all the time, and it never fails to astound me how brazenly...
10-01-12

Azamara Going All Inclusive in 2013
by Paul Motter
The "upscale" cruise line now includes beverages and gratuities in the cruise fare, plus one on-shore event per cruise.
10-01-12

"Oceania Club" Loyalty Program Expanded
by Paul Motter
Oceania adds a new level for beginners and adds new perks to the upper levels of the Oceania Club
10-01-12

Royal Princess Reveals Top Secrets
by Paul Motter
New features on the top decks of Royal Princess will bring innovation to Princess Cruise Line
09-28-12

Five Surprises Found on Cruises
by Paul Motter
Is a cruise is like an "all-inclusive vacation" with the added benefit of luxury travel, or the other way around?
09-25-12

Five Advantages of Cruise Vacations
by Paul Motter
Here are several advantages that cruises offer over typical vacations that you may have never heard before.
09-24-12

Princess: Best Alaska Shore Tours
by Paul Motter
Princess announces its top picks for the best regional tours - 2012 Alaska cruise season
09-21-12

Berlitz Guide for 2013 Arrives
by Paul Motter
Doug Ward's Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships is considered the cruise industry bible
09-20-12

Norwegian Breakaway Preview
by Paul Motter
All of the Norwegian Breakaway news in one place conveniently compiled for our readers.
09-19-12

Celebrity Reflection Conveyance
by Paul Motter
The fifth and final sister ship in the Celebrity Solstice class is the largest and most exciting vessel in the family.
09-18-12

Middle Eastern Ports of Call
by Paul Motter
With Anti-American sentiment growing, the question is whether local authorities can keep us safe
09-17-12

Secret Confessions of Cruise Crew Members
by Paul Motter
What is it really like to live and work on a cruise ship? We look at all the different onboard job options
9-14-12

Political Cruises for 2012
by Paul Motter
Have your own political ideas heard by the most popular political pundits on television.
9-13-12

Pacific Princess 2013 World Cruise
by Paul Motter
Pacific Princess 2013 is the best world cruise itinerary I have ever seen, especially for under $20,000
09-11-12

SCUBA Cruising Guide
by Mike Keleher
How to use regular cruise ships for exciting and exotic dive vacations - a special reader-submitted article for certified SCUBA enthusiasts.
09-10-12

Silversea to Host Michelin-Star Chefs
By Janice Wald Henderson
CruiseMates Culinary Editor

Silversea's guest chefs have serious cooking credentials on an international scale.
09-07-12

Barbie Goes Cruising!
by Paul Motter
Royal Caribbean just announced a major collaboration with Mattel to offer the "All New Barbie Premium Experience" aboard its ships.
09-07-12

Cruise Industry Expands U.S. Economy
by CLIA
Independent study shows Cruise Industry has $40 Billion Economic Impact in 2011   09-06-12

Norwegian to Upgrade Pride of America
by Paul Motter
The largest American-flagged cruise ship in service will get new suites, staterooms, public rooms and amenities
09-05-12

SS United States Blue Riband Celebration
by Paul Motter
The Blue Riband for fastest Atlantic crossing will be on display for the first time in 60 years in a special commemoration ceremony in Newport News
09-05-12

Norwegian Breakaway: Peter Max Hull Revealed
by Paul Motter
Norwegian Cruise Line reveals the Peter Max hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway set to debut in April of 2013
09-04-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Big Ticket Shopping In The Caribbean
Duty Free!! We see those words and it's like our minds shout BARGAIN! BARGAIN! BARGAIN!Go>
09-04-12

Carnival Stops Deck Chair Hogs Fleetwide
by Paul Motter
Carnival takes a new a system to recover deck chairs from people who save them surreptitiously fleetwide
09-01-12

Princess: No Failure to Rescue Fisherman
by Paul Motter
Princess says new photographic evidence shows the line was not guilty of failing to aid a vessel in danger.
08-30-12

Holland America Staterooms Ready at 11:30
by Paul Motter
This important premium boarding option is included in the cruise fare for everyone at one cruise line
08-28-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Carnival: "Get Totally Wasted" Drink Package
Carnival recently announced they were testing an inclusive beverage package on the Carnival Victory.Go>
08-28-12

Better Short Cruise Options
by Paul Motter
Better short cruise options include newer and better ships in the coming cruise season
08-27-12

The Truth About Single Cruising
by Paul Motter
You can find romance on the high seas as long as your looking in all the right places.
08-24-12

Five Best Airlines For Food
By Janice Wald Henderson CruiseMates Culinary Editor
Foreign carriers have long bested American airlines for quality cuisine and beverage service.
08-23-12

Holland America Fine Dining
by Paul Motter
Certain special dining events offered on every Holland America cruise are "not to be missed" attractions.
08-21-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Choice - The Driving Force of Today's Cruise Industry
Choices have always been a part of the industry, with lots of ships, itineraries and price levels to choose from.Go>
08-21-12

Celebrity Scoop: Top Chef Stars Aboard Constellation
By Janice Wald Henderson
Bravo's beloved stars, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, will on the April 11-15, 2013 roundtrip Miami cruise onboard Celebrity Constellation.
08-20-12

Alaska Cruise Update 2012
by Paul Motter
My cruise to Alaska on Holland America yields nice surprises in wildlife sightings.
8-20-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Tips For Enjoying Transatlantic Bargains
From mid-October through to late November the cruise lines will be repositioning many of their shipsGo>
08-14-12

Crystal Taps Celeb Chefs Down Under, 2013
By Janice Wald Henderson, CruiseMates Culinary Editor
The luxury cruise line will take Aussie culinary stars on its Down Under cruises
8-14-12

Celebrity Reflection Emerges
by Paul Motter
The new Celebrity Reflection is floated out in Papenburg, Germany at the Meyer Werft Shipyard.
8-14-12

Make the Most of Alaska Cruise
by Paul Motter
See the best of everything this great state has to offer on your Alaska cruise.
8-13-12

Rock Legends Cruise II - Final Lineup
by Paul Motter
We thought the marquee lineup for RLC 2 was finalized - but no, they just added more legends to the bill.
08-10-12

Picking Your First Cruise Ship
by Paul Motter
A guide to help first-time cruisers differentiate and select their first cruise line and ship.
08-10-12

Carnival to Offer Early Boarding for $49.95
by Paul Motter
A new program for early boarding, instant stateroom access and luggage upon arrival
08-07-12

Last Minute Celebrity Cruise Deals
by Paul Motter
Every Tuesday Celebrity updates its slate of best cruise deals for that week - go bargain hunting!
08-07-12

The Real Guide to Cruises Under $200
by Paul Motter
The cheapest cruises come on brand-name cruise lines - not small lines you've never heard about. Don't get ripped off
08-03-12

New Legends for Norwegian Epic
by Paul Motter
Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Jimmy Buffet tributes arrive in November 08-02-12

Kuki Blog Update!
First Trip To Europe - Do It On A Cruise

One will find a cruise vacation through Europe to be considerably less expensive than a land vacation. Go>
08-02-12


Carnival's System to Stop Chair Hogs
by Paul Motter
Carnival just started a system to recover deck chairs from people who save them surreptitiously
08-01-12

Seeing our Celebrity Reflection
by Paul Motter
Fifth and last of the Solstice-class, Celebrity Reflection, is the most unique sister of all.
07-31-12

Kuki Blog Update!
First Trip To Europe - Do It On A Cruise
A cruise is an excellent way to visit Europe, particularly for those visiting that region for the first time. Go>
07-31-12

Carnival Sunshine Redefines Destiny
by Paul Motter
The Carnival Sunshine makeover project includes a significant increase in passenger capacity."
07-30-12

Norwegian Buys Sixthman Productions
by Paul Motter
NCL acquired the most prolific music theme cruise production company last February - but didn't tell anyone!
07-26-12

Istanbul: Pre-cruise Sightseeing Guide
By Janice Wald Henderson
What to see in exotic Istanbul three days before your Eastern Mediterranean cruise
07-26-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Cruise Insurance
People get sick on land, and people get sick on cruise ships. People get sick on land, and recover, and people get sick on cruise ships, and recover.. Go>
07-24-12

An Extreme Cruise Experience
by Paul Motter
This nuclear-powered "cruise ship" can literally take you to the top of the world
07-23-12

Viking River Danube Cruise Report
by Paul Motter
After sailing the Mediterranean and Baltic on large cruise ships, river boats offer intimacy and convenience.
7-20-12

Important Travel Lesson - Passports
by Paul Motter
Your cruise can be denied for the simplest of reasons, like forgetting which pocket you placed your passport.
07-19-12

Seven Ways to Save On a Cruise
by Paul Motter
Take advantage of these helpful suggestions in order to get a great deal on your next cruise.
07-17-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Calling From The Sea Creates Hefty Fees
It's long been my theory that outstanding service makes the food taste better. Go>
07-17-12

What is the Luxury Cruise Appeal?
by Paul Motter
Why do some people happily pay higher cruise fares for inclusive options they may never use?
07-16-12

Carnival Breeze Ship Review
Our comprehensive Carnival Breeze ship review has just been added to the site.
07-16-12

Welcome Viking Ocean Cruises
by Paul Motter
The new luxury cruise line now has financing in place to build two or three new ships
07-13-12

Butch Begovitch - A Rising Star at Carnival
by Kuki
This Carnival cruise director brings the entertainment of Fun Ship 2.0 to life.
07-13-12

Paul Motter Blog Update!
Dan Hanrahan Leaving Celebrity

I don't know anything about Dan Hanrahan. As the president of Celebrity Cruises he never once introduced himself to me, although I we have both been ... Go>
07-12-12


Kuki Blog Update!
Great Service Makes The Food Taste Better

It's long been my theory that outstanding service makes the food taste better. It's a philosophy I've held to throughout my 35 years in the bar and ... Go>
07-11-12


Kuki Blog Update!
Great Service Makes The Food Taste Better
It's long been my theory that outstanding service makes the food taste better. Go>
07-10-12

New Cruise Ships for 2013
by Paul Motter
On overview of the next generation of cruise ships; Norwegian Breakaway, Royal Princess and Royal Caribbean's Project Sunshine.
07-09-12

Behind the Qsine
by Jason Leppert
A behind the scenes look at the creation and operation of Celebrity Cruises' Qsine specialty restaurant.
07-06-12

Another Celeb Chef Goes to Sea
by Janice Wald Henderson
Big Apple's Geoffrey Zakarian will take on Norwegian Breakaway in a new venue for the line.
07-05-12

Kuki Blog Update!
Is It All About The Food?
Next to emotions, our taste buds may be one of our most personal tools for judging our levels of satisfaction. Simply put, we all (individually) know what we think tastes ... Go>
07-04-12

Interview with Bob Dickinson
by Kuki Blitt
Kuki spied the elusive former Carnival president sailing on the Breeze and managed to get an interview
07-03-12

Best Cruise Ships
by Paul Motter
The best ships for solo cruising, romance, travel, relaxation, entertainment, food, pampering, bargains and families.
07-03-12

Rock of Ages on Norwegian Breakaway
by Paul Motter
The hit Broadway show Rock of Ages has a new home on the high seas - Norwegian Breakaway coming April, 2013.
07-02-12

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