Cruises

Seas of Tranquility – Private Yacht Charters Refine the Art of Social Distancing​

Business Traveler USA, Sept. 30, 2020 In recent years, upmarket travelers have gravitated to small-ship ocean and river cruising, both of which offer the sought-after combination of relative intimacy, personalized service, gourmet, prepared-to-order cuisine and soft adventure excursions.   Read More…

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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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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It’s All About Nature in Dominica

Lush, green Dominica looks like the Caribbean as it once was – before mass tourism hit.  And they don’t call it the Nature Island for nothing.  The diversity of flora and fauna is wide and deep, fed by abundant rainfall.  Black sand beaches and hot springs are testament to the island’s volcanic nature, while the …

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Aboard Royal Princess in Ft. Lauderdale

With about 4,000 passengers planning to board Royal Princess on this 10-day Southern Caribbean voyage, I expected the embarkation process in Ft. Lauderdale to be long and arduous.  To my surprise and delight, it was just the opposite.  Thanks to staged arrivals, plenty of security screening checkpoints and use of handheld scanners, I went from …

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