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Carnival Splendor Returns to Service

On a gray day in the Long Beach Harbor, Gerry Cahill, president of Carnival Cruise Lines, calls a press conference to discuss the re-introduction of Carnival Splendor to the Mexican Riviera cruise market. Exactly what happened to this important ship last November that required almost four months of service in San Diego and San Francisco [...]

Royal Caribbean to Build More Ships???

Royal Caribbean said in its latest conference call that they are currently designing a new project ship that they will announce — when it is ready. Is this really news? Not really. Richard Fain was just repeating what the line has been saying for two years now and the fact that he said it in [...]

Oceania Marina is Ready for You

By Paul Motter The newest ship from Oceania, Marina, is close to completion at the Fincantieri Sestri Ponente ship yard in Genoa, Italy. She will debut in Barcelona next January 22 – and I can’t remember a new small ship with as many new features I am dying to see. Marina has much larger staterooms [...]

Disney – A Variety of New Destinations

The introduction of new vessels from Disney frees up the older Magic and Wonder for more diverse itineraries. As Disney is preparing for the introduction of its first new cruise ship since 1999 – Disney Dream will set sail next month out of Port Canaveral, they are also gearing up for a diversity of cruises [...]

Clellia II in Drake’s Passage

Every time we see an incident such as the Clellia II losing an engine in a horrible storm in Drake’s Passage we hear the comments like “you’d never get me on a cruise ship.” I just want to point out that in my article about the two Polar Regions online I do warn people that [...]

Goodbye to Philadelphia Cruises

  I am from the West Coast. I grew up in Phoenix and spent my entire life up to 40 between Phoenix and Los Angeles. Then I was lucky enough to call New York City my home for my the 1990s, and that was a highlight of my life. There is a distinct difference between [...]

Royal Caribbean on a Roll

  11.25.2010 Alex from Madagascar wows the crowd in a Royal Caribbean parade.  Royal Caribbean on a Roll During the sailing of Allure of the Seas I had a chance to hear CEO Richard Fain speak about the current state of the company. “I can’t believe how well things are going,” he said. “We just [...]

Carnival Splendor Lawsuits?

11.18.2010 Passengers emerge from Carnival Splendor in San Diego  Carnival Splendor Lawsuits? The question of whether there will be any lawsuits over the recent Carnival Splendor fire has come up several times. I have said that it would not surprise me, because anyone can sue for anything in the U.S. However, there are the reasons [...]

Does this Carnival Fire Mean Future Bargains?

11.11.2010 Carnival Splendor is a state of the art ship.  Does this Carnival Fire Mean Future Bargains?  It’s pretty rare that any cruise story makes the national news, and if it makes the screen crawls on the major cable news networks then it is really a big story. That is the status of the current [...]

Seeing the Disney Dream

11.04.2010 Disney Dream takes your imagination on a cruise.  Seeing the Disney Dream I just returned from Papenburg, Germany, home of one of the oldest remaining full service shipyards in the world, Meyer-Werft. I was there with a small group of cruise journalists to witness the floatout of the brand new cruise ship, Disney Dream, [...]