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Archive for September, 2011

Cruising 101

Cruise vacations consistently rank at the top of vacation value and satisfaction polls. Most people who take a first cruise end up taking another one — or dozens. Why? Cruises offer high standards of service and excellent cuisine, but the convenience factor is likely the main reason. In one transaction, you arrange your accommodations, meals, [...]

Things You Should Not Discuss on a Cruise

I have a theory – two of the main reasons why cruise lines have replaced traditional dining with open seating are (1) the cruising public has become a cross section of America and (2) politically speaking the American public has become entirely intolerant of differing opinions. In the 1980s you could be sure that most [...]

Cruise Ship Engine Explosions

With the Nordlys incident in Norway this week the number of cruise ship engine incidents is beyond coincidental. Update: the ship has now been rescued and whether or not an engine explosion was the cause of the fire is now in question. Still, several engine room control panels have also been problematic, so the issue [...]

The Cruise Industry Right Now

An industry newsletter says the cruise business is reeling from the recent bad economic news.  Cruise Week, written by veteran cruise reporter Mike Driscoll, is a subscription-only newsletter delivered by email and targeted mostly to travel agents. Driscoll is reporting that the recent bad economic news has hit the cruise industry almost as badly as the [...]

Cruise Ship Names 2011

Coming up with cruise ship names must be harder than it seems, because so many cruise lines do such a horrible job of it. It is always hard to name things. I happen to play in a few rock & roll bands, and finding band names is next to impossible these days, and that says [...]