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Ten Top Mediterranean Cruises for Every Budget and Taste

  For cruise lovers who want to dip a toe into the Mediterranean, ten cruise lines offer scores of ships sailing scores of itineraries. The first choice, of course, is: Western Med or Eastern Med. For me, the Western Med has a slight edge because I favor the cultural attractions in Spain, France and Italy, as well as the shopping and dining. However, if a client favors pristine beaches, ancient ruins and perhaps a religious pilgrimage to Israel, then the Eastern Med is the obvious choice. 1. When luxury is the main consideration, Seabourn consistently gets high marks. The...

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Arctic Cruises: High Adventure for Everyone

For adventure seekers, the Arctic is a wish-list destination that’s easier to reach than Antarctica and easier to experience. It’s a vast area, stretching across the North Pole and including Alaska and northern Canada, as well as the northern regions of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway. Because it is so vast, there are many ways to experience the Arctic, from “soft” adventure options, like coastal sailings from Norway that might include a photo op at the Arctic Circle to expedition sailings that could feature glacier walks and dog sledding. In addition to the natural phenomena of Midnight...

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New Ships: 2019 and Beyond

  With each new bumper crop of ships there are innovations, usually in shipboard attractions, accommodations and activities, but also in technology. The year 2019 will see the industry’s first ship powered by clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG). Others are coming. The 3,954-passenger Carnival Panorama, a Vista-class ship debuts December 2019 in Long Beach, CA, and will sail seven-day itineraries to the Mexican Riviera, departing every Saturday. This will be first Carnival ship home ported here in two decades. Notable features: Spacious rooms and suites in the Family Harbor area; a huge WaterWorks aqua park, SkyRide, the open-air SportSquare,...

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UnCruise Offers Savings on a Small Ship Adventure Cruise in Alaska, Costa Rica/Panama

  UnCruise Adventures, an award-winning small ship cruise line, is offering savings on select adventure cruises in Alaska and Costa Rica/Panama. Ships carrying 22-90 guests sail adventure cruises with included activities and a focus on nature and wildlife.   Southeast Alaska Savings Alaska Air Credit: Travelers heading north for adventure can save with an Alaska Air credit of up to $600 per couple on select 2019 departures on board the 90-guest Legacy and 22-guest Safari Quest.  Book by February 28, 2019 for sailings between April and August 2019–and mention code ADVAIRAK to receive the savings on three adventure cruise...

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Trending: Spectacular Shopping at Sea

  Starboard Cruise Services creates spectacular shopping at sea on new ships Miami-based Starboard Cruise Services, an LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton company, is the premier retail company that designs and curates retail boutiques for Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and other iconic global brands aboard the world’s most famous cruise lines (including the top 10). The company has launched a next-level shopping experience aboard Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, the Celebrity Edge. The ship began her maiden sailing on December 9th from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, FL The ship’s godmother, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Malala unveiled the custom Malala...

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