Aqua Nera Introduced by Aqua Expeditions
How much do you really know about South America’s famed Amazon river? More than 4,000 miles long and home to an abundance of life, the river isn’t usually high on a cruiser’s bucket list. Aqua expeditions is changing that mentality, however. The cruise line unveiled Aqua Nera on friday, a ship
Choose Your Cruise – August 28, 2020
Earlier this week, we profiled Holly Johnson, the President of Wings Airways & Taku Lodge in Juneau, Alaska. Holly and her staff are struggling to get by without a single paying client in 2020 thanks to the cruise industry shutdown. You can read the piece here. We were flooded with comments from
Silversea Silver Moon Completes Successful Sea Trials
Cruise news to cheer! Sailing suspensions. Cancelled cruises. Refund delays. Scrapped ships. Nasty comments from journalists who consider themselves qualified to slam the entire industry despite never having set food on a gangway. I tell you, these days I brace my
Will Expedition Yachts Be the Future of Cruising?
One thing we’ve heard a lot of lately is that small ship cruise lines will have an easier time returning to full operation following the COVID-19 pandemic. Aqua Expeditions seems to be proving this theory correct as they’ve now returned to operation in select parts of the world. The cruise
Breaking: Matt Mitcham Retires from Carnival Cruise Line
In a Facebook Live video this morning, popular Carnival Cruise Director Matt Mitcham stunned the cruise world by announcing his retirement. He was set to be the Cruise Director for Carnival Mardi Gras when she arrives in 2021. Mitcham has been a Carnival employee for 14 years and was one of the most
Costa Cruises Is One Step Closer to Return
After considering the opinion of experts from the fields of health and science, Costa Cruises has implemented a COVID-19 testing protocol for all passengers embarking on Costa Deliziosa on September 6th. The cruise, leaving from Trieste, Italy, will be the first Costa cruise ship to sail with passen
Alaska’s Lost Cruise Season
It was gearing up to be the biggest season ever. For years, cruise passengers have disembarked their ship in Juneau, Alaska only to hop on board one of Holly Johnson’s seaplanes at the Juneau waterfront for the ride of a lifetime. Johnson, President of Wings Airways & the Taku Glaci
I’m pretty sure that we all glossed over the chapter on the rules for pandemic survival in the master plan of life. Regardless of our innocence and lack of complicity, we have all been convicted (somewhat unjustly) by the judge and jury to serve the collective six month and counting sentence of so
USVI Unscathed by Tropical Storm Laura
It seems like it’s been forever since we had good news to report in the Caribbean, but thankfully today is the day! The U.S. Virgin Islands are back open and operating after Tropical Storm Laura brought high winds, heavy rains and a dangerous storm surge over the weekend. Laura is continuing i
MSC Grandiosa Sailing Proves Successful, US Cruises May See November Return Date
It’s been a busy few weeks for MSC Cruises. First, they released a comprehensive health and safety plan for all ships and crew. Then they announced their return to operation in the Mediterranean on board MSC Gradiosa and Magnifica. Now, they’re about to successfully complete their first cruise b
Choose Your Cruise – August 21, 2020
If you live in a northern state, you may have notices the nights and mornings are getting a little crisp lately. A quick glance at the calendar will show why, September is fast approaching. It’s one thing to be stuck at home when the weather is nice, but soon those in northern states will be [
MSC Seashore Floats Out for the First Time
It was a big day for MSC Cruises at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. The cruise line watched their latest megaship float out for the first time. MSC Seashore will become the third of a total of four vessels in MSC Cruises’ new Seaside class of ships, following her sister ships MSC Se
Carnival Teases Name of New Ship with a Series of Videos
UPDATE: We have our name! Carnival Celebration is set to sail in 2022 and we can’t wait to get on board! The video reveal was a lot of fun and having a host of celebrities made it even better! Guy Fieri, Shaq, Emeril Lagasse, Alonzo Mourning, Romero Britto, Deshauna Barber, Micky Arison,
St. Kitts and Nevis to Reopen in October, Including Cruises
Another Caribbean nation is gearing up for a return to normalcy and it’s especially good news for cruisers! The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis announced in a press release that international visitors would be welcome beginning in October. The reopening applies to tourists traveling to the i
The Best Tacky Tourism for Your Next Road Trip
Road trips are a national pastime of America – pairing a network of open highways with a cultural love affair of cars breeds plenty of notable stops along the way. However, while some may prefer places with pomp and circumstance, we say, “where’s the fun in that?” In this&nbs
Cruising with a Conscience
Silversea Cruises’ first-ever destination specific ship, Silver Origin, is one of the most environmentally friendly cruise ships ever built. But while its voyages prioritize the protection of one of the world’s most important natural areas, Silversea hasn’t skimped on the luxury factor either.
India Is Giving Cruise Lines a Big Discount
Earlier this month, the nation of India announced that cruise ships would once again be permitted to sail to the country beginning on October 1st. Realizing that cruise lines are scrambling to stay afloat, the country also decided to do them a big favor when it comes to port tariff fees. The Indian
Distress Without Cruise Ships, Says Jamaica’s Tourism Minister
Cruising has been through a lot in the past six months, but so too have the many nations who rely on tourism to keep their economies moving. The Caribbean island of Jamaica took a conservative approach to reopening after first opening their doors to tourists on June 15th. Using common sense precauti
Would You Take a “Workation”?
‘Pivot’ might just be the word of the year for 2020. Countless small businesses and retailers pivoted to online sales. Grocery stores pivoted to home delivery services. Your favorite spirit-makers pivoted to producing hand sanitizer by the truckload. And now we have hospitality brands doing some
A Positive COVID-19 Test Derailed an Alaska Cruise, But Did It Have To?
The sky was falling if you listened to media outlets from all over the country. UnCruise Adventures had only been back in action for less than a week and they already had a positive COVID-19 case on board. The backlash was instant: Why did they think they could cruise? Are those people crazy?