Glacier Bay – The Jewel of Alaskan Cruising

The majestic grandeur of Glacier Bay and its 1,045 glaciers and pristine waters is nowhere more evident than at the mile-long face of Marjerie Glacier, a towering monument to nature’s magnificence.  Sadly, however, climate change has taken a toll here, too, as only five of Glacier Bay’s 1,045 glaciers are considered to be “healthy,” i.e., not …

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Norwegian’s Studio Cabins a Perfect Fit for One

The bane of traveling solo has always revolved around having to pay the double-occupancy accommodations price – especially on cruises.  With their innovative, single-occupancy Studio cabins, however, Norwegian Cruise Line has resolved the pricing issue while delivering a completely unique solution.  Available on their newest ships, the compact (100 sq. ft.) Studio cabins-for-one not only …

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Happy Half Hour on the High Roller Really Spins the Wheel

When Caesars Entertainment conceived of the High Roller as the anchor attraction for its new, open-air LINQ Promenade, it came as no surprise that the observation wheel – featuring twenty-eight, 40-passenger, spherical cabins – was designed to be the world’s tallest.  And by looking at the colossal structure, it became fairly obvious that the wheel …

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Germaphobes Can Enjoy a Cruise Vacation — Really

Although the media plays up reports of norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships, a recent CDC report showed that cruise ship incidents represent only 1% of the total number of outbreaks reported.  That said, cruise passengers can take simple precautions to stay healthy onboard by first making use of the ubiquitous hand sanitizing stations at the …

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The Cosmo Hits its Stride

Finished in 2010, just after the Great Recession had ravaged Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas had its work cut out for it.  Wedged between MGM’s CityCenter and Bellagio, the independently-owned property represented yet another would-be condo project that almost went bust – and then was converted into a hotel.  But ultimately, that was to …

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Switching Gears on MSC Divina

Stepping off of Norwegian Getaway this morning and onto MSC Divina two hours later provides a jarring juxtaposition that points up the hardware differentiation among the megaships in the market today.  While Norwegian Getaway is wildly fun, attractive and features an over-the-top, amusement park-like top deck, MSC Divina is all about Italian style.  Beautiful and …

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Lido Leads the Way on Getaway

Bucking convention as the quick and convenient but not always quality Lido buffet, lunchtime spreads in the deck 15 Garden Cafe provide a surprisingly nice variety of ethnic foods, with the Indian and Asian dishes being particularly tasty.  Other interesting and notable menu items include braised oxtail, okra stew, ground lamb kebabs, lemon chicken and …

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Welcome to Your City

The welcome to modern megaship, mass-market cruising is often a jarring one, as the terminal can be packed so thick with humanity that you begin to second-guess your vacation decision.   And then, you’re on board — and it’s wonderland. Launched in mid-2014, Norwegian Getaway embodies everything the line has learned to-date about what its clientele …

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