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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

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    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/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

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          Coastal Kitchen/Danielle Contray

          Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean are trying to attract more Gen-X and millennial vacationers, and in doing so they sometimes come up with crazy, over-the-top ideas — think: robotic bartenders, simulated sky-diving, and shipboard amusement park rides. Some are successful, others not so much. Royal Caribbean scored a big hit... Read More

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          Carnival Cruise Line/Facebook

          Carnival Cruise Line just signed a deal to build its two largest ships ever — twin 180,000-ton behemoths that will carry more than 5,200 passengers. To put that in perspective, a dozen ships in the line’s 25-strong fleet are less than half that size (and they were considered big for... Read More

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            Norwegian Cruise Line/Norwegian Escape

            Labor Day is fast approaching, and kids are either back in school or heading there soon. In the cruise world that means cruise deals for grownups are on the horizon. Come fall, cruise lines know the family market has pulled up stakes and won’t be back in any significant numbers until... Read More

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            Facebook/The Rock Boat

            Fifteen years ago, Atlanta-based Sixthman launched The Rock Boat, the first music festival at sea. The idea took off, and the company has gone on to organize 94 music-themed cruises featuring more than 900 bands. KISS, Kid Rock, and 311 all have their own annual cruises. Headlining next year are Pitbull and... Read More