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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 [...]

I Missed My Ship! What Now?

You arranged a flight from your hometown to the port city where your cruise departs. According to the airline’s flight schedule, you had plenty of time to check into your cruise before the ship sailed. But due to circumstances beyond your control — weather, or mechanical issues with the airline — you miss the ship. [...]

Radiance of the Seas in Dry Dock

I am in Seattle, having just arrived from Victoria, British Columbia, waiting for my flight home. I was just a part of a small press group who visited the Royal Caribbean ship, Radiance of the Seas, in the Victoria shipyard where it is undergoing an extensive renovation. First, the Radiance was put into a dry [...]

Free Cruise Scams

A reader said his mother just received a notice for a free seven-day cruise. He sent me a picture of the offer he had received from the company by the U.S. Postal Service. It said: Dear — and the name of the recipient was printed in a different font, out of alignment with the rest [...]

Carnival Magic – Best Carnival Ship Yet?

Carnival Magic is the sister ship to Carnival Dream, first of its class introduced in November 2009. Anytime a new class of ships is introduced (meaning the first time a specific floor plan has been used) the first one out receives the most attention. Every new class has a number of innovative and exclusive features [...]

Windstar Cruises in Chapter 11

Windstar Cruises is a well-known name in cruise circles, but one which has seen better times. Just last Friday the parent company to Windstar Cruises, Ambassador’s International, announced it is filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, which means a reorganization of its financial assets. The company will continue sailing on its announced itineraries, which can [...]

Mobile Shocked by Carnival

Mobile, Alabama, was completely taken by surprise by the yesterday’s announcement by Carnival Cruise Line that it is pulling its only cruise ship in Mobile from the city and relocating it in Port Canaveral, Florida. City officials said they had no warning of the change, which will take place on October 22, 2011. Mobile is [...]

Malt Shop Memories Cruise

If you have never taken a music cruise, trust me, it takes cruising to a whole new level, far better than you ever imagined. It’s like the sum of one plus one becomes three as you become completely esconced in a world where the music is the only thing that matters. There are several music [...]