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 Miraflores locks, Panama Canal/flickr/Marquicio Pagola
Miraflores locks, Panama Canal/flickr/Marquicio Pagola

With much local fanfare, the $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal opened on Sunday — a project that took some 40,000 workers and a decade to complete. The giant new locks can now handle the world’s largest cargo ships, and yes — cruise ships, too. Princess Cruises, which operates... Read More

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Confession: I am a cruise ship writer who gets seasick. Fear of seasickness is an excuse I hear often from people who don’t cruise but want to. However, there are ways to avoid it. First of all, big modern ships with stabilizers do not have the same level of choppiness as... Read More

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Courtesy Tara Angkor Hotel

A friend who likes the life-changing aspect of destination spa vacations asked me if she should try a cruise. The question gave me pause. Cruise ships do have spas, some quite elaborate with thermal suites and thalassotherapy pools and such. But are they up to snuff when compared to land-based... Read More

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Queen Mary 2/Twitter.com/CunardLine

The famous, transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2 is out of the water at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for a 25-day makeover. Visiting this week on a hardhat tour, we got a sneak preview of what’s to come when the ship sets sail again later this month. It’s clear that the... Read More

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    Flickr/Damian Gala

    We all heard the recent story of a passenger who fell overboard a cruise ship. It’s shocking news, but what are the real risks when it comes to this kind of cruise ship accident? We took a look at the stats, and put together some advice for avoiding one. Here’s the reality: Your... Read More

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    Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world"s largest and newest cruise ship, previews in Southampton. General view to Central Park
    Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

    Royal Caribbean has received a ton of buzz over its latest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which embarked on its maiden voyage this week. As the largest cruise ship in the world — with 16 decks and 2,747 staterooms — Harmony combines the best features of the Oasis- and... Read More

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    athom’s MV Adonia/Carnival Corporation & plc 

    As far as cruise deals go, this is one for the ages: the Fathom Adonia is offering fares as low as $199 a night right now. True, the voluntourism-focused Adonia has gotten some bad press of late — most recently, a power outage onboard — and this may be what’s driving prices down... Read More

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    Princess Charlene of Monaco/courtesy Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Palais Princier de Monaco (2016)

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. To impress the rich and famous it hopes to attract as passengers, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced Princess Charlene of Monaco — wife of Prince Albert II — as godmother of... Read More

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     Harmony of the Seas/Christina Garofalo
    Harmony of the Seas/Christina Garofalo

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean‘s 5,500-passenger Harmony of the Seas, debuted in Southampton, bringing the latest insane shipboard thrill attraction — the Ultimate Abyss. Those who like heart-stopping fun and/or... Read More

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    Antarctica/Katie Hammel

    Antarctica is a place of extremes: It’s not only the southernmost continent, but also the coldest, driest, and windiest. A trip to Antarctica isn’t a vacation so much as an expedition, an exciting journey into a wild and inhospitable land — and it can only be done via ship.... Read More

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     Carnival Vista/Courtesy Carnival Cruises
    Carnival Vista/Carnival Cruises

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The world’s largest ship, Harmony of the Seas, is now officially the 25th ship in the Royal Caribbean fleet. The $1 billion, 5,479-passenger ship left the STX France shipyard this week... Read More

     The Viking Sea christening on the Thames/Courtesy Viking Cruises
    The Viking Sea christening on the Thames/Viking Cruises

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… In London, Gammel Opland aquavit and a Viking battle-axe were used to christen the second ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet, the Viking Sea. The 930-passenger ship became the largest ever... Read More

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     Sirena / Courtesy of Oceania Cruises
    Sirena/Oceania Cruises

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The MV Adonia, operated by Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand, sailed from Miami to Havana this week making history as the first ship to travel the route in decades. The 704 passengers... Read More

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    Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas & Orangutans/Orangutan Foundation International

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. Silversea‘s passengers will no doubt go ape over renowned scientist and conservationist Biruté Mary Galdikas, who is lecturing on the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer in October. Galdikas is famous for her... Read More

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    Courtesy of Holland America Line 

    Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. Carnival Corporation’s new do-good cruiseline, Fathom, officially launched this week amid controversy. The line’s 704-passenger MV Adonia set sail from Miami to the Dominican Republic with a shipload of folks signed... Read More