Solo Travel Options Expand, Focus On What Matters

Travel by cruise ship is an efficient way to meet interesting people. In that closed environment, it’s hard not to meet others.  When passengers assemble for safety drills, shows and queues, meeting will happen. The bigger the ship, the more opportunity in Read More …

Creative Viking Itineraries Continue Reinventing Cruise Travel

Sailing a number of Viking Ocean Cruise itineraries, we experienced the result of a systemwide focus on destinations.  Compared to other ocean travel companies, the difference is substantial. Every step of the way, from looking to booking, planning and being there Read More …

Distinctively Different Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista represents the latest definition of Fun at sea as imagined by Carnival Cruise Line,  who wrote the book on big ship Caribbean cruise vacations.  After sailing a short European season as new Carnival ships do, distinctively different Carnival Vista Read More …

First Time River Cruise Questions Answered, Verbally

European river cruising remains a hot topic with experienced cruise travelers, especially those who have not done one yet.  Rightfully so, the rivers of Europe connect a shared history and culture that goes back hundreds of years. Cities along those waterways have Read More …

Reviewing Relevant River Cruise Travel Apps

Before any major trip, it is a good idea to consider the travel apps we might bring along for the ride.  If it has been a while since your last dance, new apps might be available.  Specific destinations, travel mode, safekeeping Read More …

The New Mexico Port You Never Heard Of

Familiar cruise destinations in Mexico include Cozumel, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and Costa Maya.  Acapulco?  Not so popular as Holland America Line skips the resort city, sailing to other destinations in the country “due to recent security concerns.” Read More …

Sunrises And Sunsets At Sea: Photo Tips And Examples

One of my favorite parts of travel by cruise ship is when the sun comes up and when the sun goes down.  Sunrises and Sunsets At Sea is a collection of those moments, captured while sailing around the world with a variety Read More …

The United Basic Economy Experience: What To Expect

United Basic Economy is a relatively new fare option for price-sensitive travelers that became available for purchase earlier this year.  This month, the first United Basic Economy travelers will take to the air from select markets in the United States Read More …

River Cruise Drydock: Not Like Big Ships

Like any other sailing ships, river cruise ships to perform maintenance when no passengers are on board.  European river cruise companies commonly do this between the end of one year’s season and the beginning of the next.  Decks are resurfaced, carpets Read More …