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    Carnival Cruise Line/Facebook

    If you’ve got that friend or family member who keeps talking about going on a cruise but can’t quite commit, a cruise line gift certificate might be the perfect holiday gift. These plastic or electronic certificates can be redeemed towards cruise fares or extras, such as spa treatments, shore excursions, or... Read More

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    Princess Cruises/Facebook

    From Australia and New Zealand to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, cruise ships large and small are hosting big-time holiday celebrations.  We’re talking traditional meals, elaborate decorations, and extravagant Christmas trees. And, depending on the cruise line, there may be visits from Santa, carolers strolling, religious services, giant gingerbread houses... Read More

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    Taormina/flickr/gnuckx

    The romance of Taormina, a Sicilian town perched between mountain and sea, has been seducing visitors for millennia. Its popularity exploded at the start of the 20th century, and literati from Goethe and DH Lawrence to Oscar Wilde and Truman Capote have all sojourned amidst the town’s medieval buildings and bougainvillea. Cruise ships... Read More

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      Celebrity Cruises/Facebook

      Celebrity Cruises has been working to position itself as an edgy, even hip, “modern luxury” cruise line. This week, they put that objective in bold print. The first ship in the line’s newest class will debut in 2018 as the Celebrity Edge. The reveal came as construction officially began. A sister ship... Read More

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        Facebook/Fathom Travel

        As we make preparations to give thanks at Thanksgiving, consider that there are ways to give back to those less fortunate even while on your cruise vacation. In between rum drinks and salsa lessons on Carnival Corporation‘s social impact cruise line Fathom, guests traveling to the Dominican Republic can take... Read More

         Castries, St. Lucia/Facebook/Regent Seven Seas
        Castries, St. Lucia/Facebook/Regent Seven Seas

        When cruising the Caribbean, some people have a clear vision of what they plan to do in ports of call — whether it includes a lounge chair and a white-sand beach, or snorkeling face-to-face with marine life. To meet diverse tastes, cruise lines have been beefing up their portfolios of shore excursions. However, these... Read More

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        Perfect Storm, Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

        The next couple of weeks are big in the U.S. cruise world: Three major new ships will make their way across the pond for the first time. Together they will bring next-level amenities, including wild waterslides, swanky seafood restaurants, and the first floating brewery in North America. Plus, one happens to be... Read More

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          Virgin Voyages/Facebook

          A trend is emerging as cruise lines place orders for ships to debut in the third decade of the 21st century: they are attempting to go green. The move may be partly altruistic, but the trend also has to do with government regulations to reduce emissions globally, which take effect by... Read More

           Tahiti/flickr/Mayumi Ishikawa
          Tahiti/flickr/Mayumi Ishikawa

          Tahiti is a place where romance thrives. French Polynesia’s popular Society Islands teem with honeymooners and anniversary celebrators, all happily paired off and in their own private worlds. But if you’re a solo traveler and still want to experience the incredible beauty of French Polynesia, you’re not alone. Here are five ways to... Read More

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          Viking Star Wintergarden/Rottet Studios

          Architect Richard Riveire of the firm Rottet Studio had designed Viking’s longships, but in 2013, he was asked to develop an entirely new product for the cruise line — an ocean ship. He sat down with us in the Wintergarden of his first oceangoing vessel, the Viking Star — now... Read More

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          Princess Cruises/Facebook

          If you’re thinking about booking an Alaska cruise in 2017 and want a decent price and a good choice of ships and cabins, you ought to start planning now. The market was red hot this year, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. A celebration was recently held in Juneau in... Read More

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          Illuminations Planetarium/Queen Mary 2

          I just received the info packet for Star Trek: The Cruise, departing in January from Miami. The first official cruise themed after the science-fiction franchise will be hosted by William Shatner and will include a Starfleet’s Intergalactic Gala (What to wear?!). I am hardly the only geek hitting the high seas, though. The... Read More

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          Holland America Line/Facebook

          This week, Holland America Line said it would implement a new smoking policy, which should have non-smoking cruisers breathing a (clean) sigh of relief. The cruise line was one of the last to still allow passengers to smoke on cabin balconies. For non-smokers, here’s the issue: You pay extra for a stateroom with a... Read More

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          CLIA – Cruise Lines International Association/Facebook

          October is National Plan a Cruise Month, as proclaimed by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Before you let out a collective snore, here’s why you should care: There will be deals offered by CLIA member cruise lines and travel agents for remaining 2016 inventory and for next year’s cruises... Read More

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            Grease on Harmony of the Seas
            Grease on Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean International

            Tired Las Vegas-style revues and cabaret shows may have been the norm on cruise ships 20 years ago, but shipboard entertainment offerings have stepped up in recent years. Now, it’s all about Broadway-esque productions and live music events. Select Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line ships put on shows you’d expect to find on... Read More