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Stargazing at Sea, part of Princess Cruises' Discovery at Sea program
Stargazing at Sea/Princess Cruises

These days, cruisers are getting more to share on social media than selfies from the pool deck. In a delightful mix of intellectual stimulation and plain old fun, more cruise lines are developing programs on and off the ship that are part-enrichment and part-entertainment, geared toward passengers who want... Read More

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Crystal Cruises' Crystal Symphony
Crystal Symphony/Crystal Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Citing safety concerns, Crystal Cruises has dropped Turkey from April and May itineraries of its 922-passenger Crystal Symphony and spring and fall sailings of its 62-passenger yacht Crystal Esprit. The ships... Read More

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Pitbull at the Escape Inaugural Ceremony/Kristen Boatright for ShermansCruise

How long has humankind been celebrating the launch of new ships? Oh, since about the third millennium, B.C. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, Vikings, and Ottomans all launched their ships with feasts, blessings from the gods, and — yep — the occasional animal sacrifice. Today’s biggest cruise ships are still... Read More

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Dinner at La Vague d’Or at La Residence de la Pinede, Saint-Tropez -- included on a Regent Seven Seas Cruises "Gourmet Explorer" tour
La Vague d’Or/Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… In a few months, you’ll be able to splurge big on Regent Seven Seas Cruises‘ new Seven Seas Explorer, which the line is dubbing “world’s most luxurious ship.” For an even... Read More

An aerial view of Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas.
Anthem of the Seas/Royal Caribbean International

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Melissa Etheridge is heading to sea with Royal Caribbean International, headlining the Melissa Etheridge & Friends Rock the Boat cruise, October 31 to November 5. In a video the rocker is... Read More

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U.S. Virgin Islands

Cruise ships often bypass St. Croix in favor of St. Thomas, but if you’re lucky enough to set sail for the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’re in for a treat. The quiet island offers authentic culture and some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Here’s where... Read More

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The Empress of the Seas is Royal Caribbean's oldest ship.
Empress of the Seas/Royal Caribbean International

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Proving everything old is new again, the 25-year-old Empress of the Seas (formerly the Nordic Empress) is back in Royal Caribbean International’s fleet after a stint with Spanish line Pullmantur. Following... Read More

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An aerial view of the Harmony of the Seas.
Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean International

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising and how it could impact your next trip… Cruise on Italian brand Costa Cruises and you can have a very unique exchange with an unusual cruise ship greeter: a humanoid robot named “Pepper.” He speaks impeccable English, Italian and German... Read More

The MSC Divina in Miami
MSC Divina/MSC Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Always wanted to do a a Panama Canal crossing? Here’s a secret: After going through the first lock or two, it becomes a tad repetitive. So we’re thrilled that Windstar Cruises... Read More

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princess cruises chocolate journeys with norman love
Princess Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Sweet news for chocoholics: Princess Cruises’ expanded Chocolate Journeys experience with acclaimed chocolatier Norman Love will have you indulging morning, noon, and night. We’re talking chocolate muffins and Danishes at breakfast... Read More

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3D-printed selfie statue by Labs3D on Costa Diadem cruises
3D-printed statue/Labs3D

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising and how it could impact your next trip… Forget the cheesy logo T-shirts. For a completely different cruise souvenir, passengers on the Costa Diadema can order up a 3D-printed statue of themselves with a cruise-exclusive discount to boot. These ultimate selfies... Read More

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Sunset from the cruise ship in Thomas Bay, Alaska - Flickr_Mark Byzewski
Sunset in Thomas Bay, Alaska/Mark Byzewski via Flickr

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising and how it could impact your next trip. Seabourn heads back to Alaska: Luxury cruise line Seabourn is returning to Alaska in 2017 for the first time in 15 years, because big-spending travelers are expressing a new interest in seeing glaciers... Read More

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Performers in a Cirque Du Soleil show
Matt Beard Photography/PRNewsFoto/MSC Cruises USA

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Good news: This month, cruise ship entertainment took a big turn — for the better. First of all, we had our socks knocked off by the newest Disney Cruise Line production, the... Read More

Anthem of the Seas makes her New York debut
Anthem of the Seas in New York Harbor/Royal Caribbean International

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… Superstar Pitbull christened Norwegian Cruise Line‘s Norwegian Escape in Miami by smashing a bottle of champagne and singing hits like Don’t Stop the Party. In doing so, he earns the title of coolest cruise ship godfather... Read More

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Holland America Eurodam Neptune suite rendering
Neptune suite rendering/Holland America Line

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip…  Big changes are coming to the 141-year-old Holland America Line. For starters, its pouring $300 million into upgrading its entire fleet — $40 million of which will go toward upgrading the suites with... Read More