Kids of all kinds will find something to love aboard MSC Cruises. By Jodi Ornstein Ahhhh, cruising. Days spent relaxing on deck with the sun in your face and a drink in your hand. Miles and miles of blue ocean and skies, hours and hours to spend with a good book on your balcony. This […]
Monday Mantra Something’s Missing … Something’s Missing … Something’s Missing … It’s strange what you miss while having the time of your life. By this time, you’ve probably figured out that I love to cruise — aboard big ships, small ships, yachts, riverboats, and expedition ships.
Monday Mantra That’s Entertainment! … THAT’S Entertainment?? … That’s Entertainment! … THAT’S Entertainment?? … Cruise entertainment has really grown up I endured lousy comedians and jugglers. I attended an hour-long zither concert. I put up with marginally talented s
Porthole’s Five Faves Saluting the First Nations We kicked off the week with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the annual recognition of the accomplishments and heritage of the first Americans. Some of their music, food, art forms, and history will seem familiar to seasoned cruisers, thanks to eye-openin
Monday Mantra Any port in a storm…Any port in a storm…Any port in a storm… Time and Tide and Major Hurricanes…. How do cruises cope with stormy weather? My heart goes out to everyone whose cruise was cancelled, rerouted, or adjusted because of the devastating power of Hurricane Matthew.
Bountiful Barbados Five things you MUST eat and drink when your cruise calls on Bridgetown. We believe that the best way to appreciate the true local flavor of a new destination is to actually … well … taste it. From patties in Jamaica to ceviche on Cozumel, we’re big fans of Caribbean cuisine
Monday Mantra I forgot! … I forgot! … I forgot! … Don’t Remind Me I’m on vacation. What else do I really need to know? The first thing I do when I arrive at my cruise port is buy a toothbrush to replace the one I left on the sink at home after brushing my […]
The two greatest things you can do today — it being National Drink Beer Day — are 1) drink beer and 2) plan ahead for future beer-drinking. A broken clock may be right twice a day, but a broken calendar will be wrong all year long. That’s unless you simply live your year according to […
Monday Mantra The Love Boat … The Love Boat … The Love Boat … Sure, the uniforms were hard to resist. At least on board…. I wonder how Lois and Stefano are doing. I met Lois on an m.v. Homeric cruise a million years ago and on that sailing, she met Stefano, a navigation officer. […]
Monday Mantra A Real Peach … A Real Peach … A Real Peach … A Southern Lady in the Big Apple American Duchess is one mighty fine riverboat. Once in a while, cruise writers — even lowly freelance ones like myself — find themselves at cool press events where industry announcements are made. W
While the rest of the hemisphere prepares for fall, these ports are in full flower. Think you know your cruise destinations? We’ve picked five popular ports, each known for its lush, tropical foliage – and each with a gorgeous national flower. Match the bloom to the country to pass this
Monday Mantra Busted!…Busted!…Busted! Bikini babes and a whole lotta blow made this world cruise one for the books. Two weeks ago, authorities arrested three Canadian cruise ship passengers after police and sniffer dogs searching Princess Cruises’ Sea Princess found cocaine inside two
Monday Mantra Luggage Lunatic … Luggage Lunatic … Luggage Lunatic Lost-o-phobia (n. | lȯst-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə) The irrational fear of having to live without whatever you packed. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been cruising for more than 35 years and have never once experienced the loss of a bag.
Back-to-school excitement doesn’t have to be wasted on the youth … or on land for that matter! As the kiddies are prepping for another year of pencils, books, and teacher’s dirty looks, it’s not unusual for us adults to feel a wee bit jealous. Who knew all those years spent sulking at a clas
Monday Mantra A Ship by Any Other Name … A Ship by Any Other Name … A Ship by Any Other Name … All Aboard the SS Christener! There’s got to be a better way to name a new vessel. Baffled, I am. Simply baffled. Over the past decades we have seen nothing short of […]
Princess Cruises Unveils Designs and Key Features for Majestic Princess Cruise News – August 24, 2016 Princess Cruises has unveiled designs and announced key features of its newest ship, Majestic Princess, which departs April 4 on her inaugural voyage, a 5-day Adriatic Sea cruise roundtrip
Home Is Where the Heritage Is Viking Sea shows off Nordic culture through its onboard décor. By Jason Leppert In many ways Viking Ocean Cruises’ newest ship, Viking Sea, is a welcome return to basics — comfortable destination-based cruise travel at its heart and soul without any unnecessary bel
Monday Mantra Going MAD at Sea … Going MAD at Sea … Going MAD at Sea … What, Me Go Cruising? How “The Usual Gang of Idiots” made shipboard history. As I was passing a newsstand the other day, the current issue of MAD magazine caught my eye. I was delighted to see that iconic […]
Monday Mantra A Matter of Opinion … A Matter of Opinion … A Matter of Opinion … . Finding the “best” cruise means knowing what you really want. The 10 Best Ships for Your Next Vacation! The 5 Best Islands in the Caribbean! 13 Things You Must Do On Your Next Cruise! The Top 5 […]
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – August 12, 2016 Natural health pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil has teamed up with Seabourn and The Onboard Spa by Steiner to create a new well-being program. The program, the first of its kind, includes a new onboard position – The Wellness Guide – who, throughout the voy