A Little Luxury Becomes Me
There may be higher-level accommodations aboard Oceania Cruises’ Marina but my way-more-affordable Concierge-Class stateroom and all its perks knocked my socks — or should I say flip-flops — off during my amazing 12-day French Polynesia sailing. Let’s begin with my Marina cabin itself:
TRAVEL TIPS: Skip the Gym and Take a Volcano Crater Hike up one of the Caribbean’s Tallest Peaks
Any modern cruise ship or hotel today undoubtedly has a pristine gym, and many have fun classes to make sweating fun, but finding an adventurous way to be physically active outside can be an extremely appealing alternative while traveling. St. Kitts has more to offer than just their stunning white s
5 Faves: Presidential Pursuits for Women in Charge
Porthole’s 5 Faves Cruising’s leading women reveal their secrets to success, balance, and travel. Upcoming deadlines. A sea of emails (pun intended). Kid logistics when school is closed for Presidents’ Day. My to-do list seems never-ending! But every time I’m feeling overwhelmed betw
Home Ship Home: Come aboard with a couple of regular world cruisers
By Fran Golden For Linda Weissman, 70, and her retired orthopedic surgeon husband, Martin, 76, home away from home is on the ocean liners of Cunard Line. The Michigan couple resides on a Cunard ship for a third of each year, sailing world cruises, sometimes with added days. Since 2007, they’ve
St. Thomas Shopping Guide
Island Finds By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon When you pull into port in St. Thomas, no doubt you’ll be tempted by all the duty-free shopping on offer. After all, this busy Caribbean cruise port is packed with boutiques selling jewelry, watches, and fine leather goods from prestigious international brand
Alaskan Vacations Are Wet and Wild
By Marc Cappelletti “Sweet break out there today!” You’d expect to hear such excitement from a sun-tanned surfer toweling off on Hawaii’s north shore. But this time, you’d be more than a few degrees off. Welcome to Alaskan travel, mecca for adventure seekers wanting to immerse themselves i
Have Stuff, Will Travel
By Marcia Raffel Levin Bottle Babies Water bottles for little ones have come a long way, baby. Reusable, collapsible, portable, and adaptable for travel, the 12-oz. Hydaway water bottles are made from food-grade silicone so they’re flexible, BPA-free, and the stable base (which can even be persona
Grape Destinations: Visit Vila Nova de Gaia. Feel Portuguese!
At last, I was on my way to Porto, the city by the Douro River. On the train, or comboio, that I took from Oriente station in Lisbon, I was expecting to arrive at night in Porto, an almost three-hour ride. Uhum, well, not exactly – because it took me to Vila Nova de Gaia, […]
Cruise Control | Cruising the High-tech Seas (Video)
Is a virtual-reality vacation in your future? Travel-tech innovation is a hot topic… and we’ve got the latest on where it’s headed. Virtual reality, video mapping, and giant LED screens are bridging the gap in entertainment offering audiences an immersive experience through multimedia. Royal C
Luxury Travel Tech For Everyone
What technology must you have while traveling? Savvy travelers usually pack a portable power bank, universal (all-in-one) plug adapter, smartphone camera lens, noise-canceling headphones, laptop, portable speakers, and a selfie stick. These devices have been available for a while, and you probably o
We love Isaac’s Love Boat–Inspired Cocktail
Even though it’s not Throwback Thursday today, Porthole is remembering Valentine’s Day 2015, when Princess Cruises debuted a crafty cocktail created by Ted Lange, who played the friendly red-jacketed bartender, Isaac, on The Love Boat. Lange said that he created the amorous concoction by drawin
Royal Caribbean Amps Up Mariner of the Seas with High-Tech Features
Cruise News – Feb. 13, 2018 Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas is undergoing an extensive $90 million makeover before kicking off quick Bahamas getaways from PortMiami in June 2018. The 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises will call on Nassau and CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private
Cruising with – and without – kids.
I JUST WANT TO BE ALONE! For parents everywhere, Greta Garbo said it best. A cruise would seem to be just the ticket (and well deserved) to garner precious moments of solitude, but how do you escape the munchkins of others? Several cruise lines have answered the call with innovative ways to claim yo
Celebrate the Best of Bollywood aboard Grand Celebration
Smaller cruise lines are shifting their focus to a more tailored cruising experience through theme-cruise offerings. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line launched their first-ever Bollywood cruise experience in January on a 2-day cruise to the Bahamas. Porthole Cruise Magazine was fortunate enough to have
Total Eclipse: Celebrity Cruises is the perfect backdrop for a music cruise.
The Monthly Mantra I loved the Eclipse! … I loved the Eclipse! … I loved the Eclipse! And I’m not talking about that thing last August where, in New York at least, we all piled out of our office buildings with silly glasses on to watch something that turned out to look like nothing mor
News Briefs – P&O Cruises builds largest British ship, SuperStar Gemini becomes floating hotel….
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – Jan. 26, 2018 P&O Cruises has contracted for a new “green-cruising” ship which, on completion, will be the largest cruise ship built for the British market. The 5,200-passenger vessel will be built at Meyer Werft and delivered in 2022 as a sister ship to a
Cruising Then and Now
Monday Mantra I want to cruise TODAY…I want to cruise TODAY…I want to cruise TODAY… I’m an old-fashioned kind of girl. There’s not a whole lot in today’s world that I consider superior to what existed 35 years ago. Except for the ATM Machine. And cruising. Memories of my early sailings a
Cruise Control: Top 4 Reasons to Honeymoon on a Cruise
Picking the perfect vacation to follow the perfect wedding can become just as stressful as picking where to seat your rambunctious second cousin at the reception, but luckily, we have just the solution for you! Cruising is the best way to go when it comes to booking your honeymoon, and here’s why:
5 Fave Theme Cruises for 2018
Porthole’s Five Faves Cruise fans are fans, first and foremost — and every fan’s got a theme cruise to make ‘em go “Oh, man!” It doesn’t matter what you’re into, from prosecco to pro wrestling, or NPR news quizzes to serene sun salutations, this year has an upcoming theme cruise that
Wear-everrr! Why does cruising bring out our inner fashion plate?
Monday Mantra All decked out…All decked out…All decked out… Wear-everrr! Why does cruising bring out our inner fashion plate? Confession #1: Sometimes I go to work wearing clothes that are so wrinkled they look like I just grabbed them out of my laundry bag. Confession #2: I did just grab them