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Tips for Tipping on a Cruise
A necessary (but often confusing) part of planning for a cruise is budgeting to tip the hard-working service staff. Failing to plan for gratuities can lead to a significant expense that is expected to be paid in the last few days of your cruise. However, navigating how to plan for gratuities doesn&#
Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2019 Reader’s Choice Award Winners
“Our readers are the real experts when it comes to judging the best of the best in the cruise industry! Here’s what they had to say for 2019.” Bill Panoff Editor-In-Chief The Best Ships Cruise ships are endless sources of fun and relaxation. Porthole Cruise Magazine readers voted
Perfect Day at Lelepa, Vanuatu Coming in 2022
When Royal Caribbean revamped their private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, earlier this year, it followed a trend seen across the cruise industry. More and more cruise lines have started their own private island resorts in the Caribbean and it’s rare these days that a cruise itinerary doesn’t h
Perks of Staying at Fort Lauderdale Hotels Not Close to Port
Are you an anxious traveler? You know, the kind that’s packed a week in advance, shows up to the airport three hours too early and generally stresses about every little detail when it comes to getting from one place to another? Those people tend to think they have to stay as close to the port
Life on the Edge
“There is no Terminal 25,” my taxi driver huffed as we neared Port Everglades. “Trust me, I’ve been driving here for 15 years. It’s not there.” We arrived shortly at, you guessed it, T25. In the cabbie’s defense, the structure is Celebrity Cruises’ newest terminal, a spacious, bright
A Cruiser’s Guide to Quebec City
Québec City is increasingly positioning itself on the international cruise scene as a destination and port of embarkation of choice. Located at the point where the St. Charles and St. Lawrence Rivers converge, sailing in or out of Québec City is a high point of any Canada—New England cruise itin
Cruiser’s Guide to Port New Orleans
Not all ports are created equal. Avid cruisers know that choosing the right embarkation port can make all the difference for your cruise vacation and that’s why more and more are choosing to cruise from the Big Easy. New Orleans is one of the most unique cities in the country with outstanding cult
Cruise Lines Donating Millions for Hurricane Dorian Recovery
In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which steamrolled the northernmost islands in the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend, major cruise lines are pledging millions for recovery efforts in the region. The Walt Disney Disney Company and Royal Caribbean have both pledged $1 million for recovery efforts. T
Hurricane Dorian Is Here to Ruin Your Labor Day Weekend
Well, we knew we’d get one eventually. Officially starting on June 1, hurricane season is something all cruisers keep a watchful eye on. Here we are a few days away from September and the season is finally showing its first signs of life with Hurricane Dorian expected to make landfall as a categ
The Best Place to Buy Art? On a Cruise Ship!
First time cruisers are often surprised to find that along with swimming pools, casinos, and 5-star restaurants, cruise ships are also a hotbed for art buyers and collectors. Thanks to companies like Park West Gallery, the world’s largest art dealer, cruise ship galleries are full of gorgeous work
Cruisers Are Finding These EVERYWHERE!
They can be found sitting on deck chairs, hiding inside plants and underneath furniture. You might see them floating in the pool or inside the safe of your stateroom. We’re talking, of course, about the newest cruise craze sweeping the globe: the rubber duck hide and seek. Thanks to a Facebook pag
Fun Things to Do Near Port Tampa Bay
Bustling with culture, outdoor recreation, and world-class entertainment, the Tampa Bay area is a hot-spot for tourists, residents, and, of course, cruisers! According to Port Tampa Bay, the port hosts over one million cruisers every year on cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and
Where Can I Smoke on a Cruise Ship?
Everyone has vices. Whether it’s a piece of chocolate cake, a glass of fine Scotch or lighting up a cigarette or a cigar, how you treat yourself is your business. However, one of the most popular questions we get asked is: where can I smoke on a cruise ship? Here’s our guide to lighting up [&h
Perfect Day at CocoCay: Port Review
Royal Caribbean’s newly updated private island, aptly named Perfect Day at CocoCay, has been officially open since May. Garnering a great deal of attention from cruisers “loyal to Royal”, we too were very interested to see if the island lived up to this rather lofty title. Unable to resist any
Top 10 Cruise Influencers of 2019
Travel influencers are a dime a dozen these days, but the tides have turned in favor of engagement and content, rather than followers. Porthole Cruise Magazine has dived into the depths of cruise influencers, reading their blogs, examining their posts and searching for the most authentic personalit
Music Theme Cruises Rock the Boats!
It’s late night on the dimly lit dance floor, and music feeds the festive atmosphere. Two ladies wearing black dresses and Mardi Gras masks adorned with peacock feathers glide over and catch my attention. We form a little dance circle, and several others join in as the energy rises at the masquera
Punta Sur Eco Beach Park: A Hidden Gem in Cozumel
If you’re a frequent cruiser, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Cozumel, Mexico at least once. This popular port-of-call is a staple in the Western Caribbean. Even if you think you’ve “been there, done that” in Cozumel, there’s one place you really need t
Cruising to Galataport Istanbul: Modern City, Ancient Roots
For thousands of years, a port city on the shores of the Sea of Marmara served as one of the most important economic centers in all the world. Known then as Constantinople, today as Istanbul, few cities across the world boast a more unique culture and history. It became the capital of the Roman Empi
Wendy Williams Named Captain of Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady
UPDATE: February 27, 2020: Virgin Voyages confirmed in a statement that Wendy Williams is no longer the Captain of Scarlet Lady. Read more here. When Virgin Voyages announced their Scarlet Squad program last year, the goal was to help bridge the gender gap between leadership roles acros
The Belly Flop Competition: Keys to Victory!
Royal Caribbean is one of the world’s most popular cruise lines and there’s something special for everyone to enjoy while on board. Passengers can go ice skating, scale the rock climbing wall, go roller skating, enjoy some quiet time in the Solarium, and even attend the “Love & Marriage