By Bill Becken, Cruise Editor Alaska remains the most popular North American cruise destination for a number of reasons. One of them is that the cruise lines stoutly compete for the business of plying Alaska’s fabled Inland Passage. According to Jeff Clarke, executive vice-president, sales, Celebrity Cruises, in fielding the 2,850-passenger Solstice out of Seattle […]
By Bill Becken, Cruise Editor Q. You’ve said the Solstice has repositioned in Seattle in order to offer expanded capacity to Alaska. What was behind this? Alaska is already a very well-addressed market by all the cruise lines. It’s a crowded market. Of course it’s hard to say we’ve had a clamor for more […]
Cruise passengers, like airline passengers, are getting their say when it comes to being trapped on non-functioning cruise ships. CLIA recently came up with a Passenger Bill of Rights that was adopted as policy among the trade association’s 26 major cruise companies. And while the policy is not a law of the land or a […]
The Air New Zealand Explorer Pass Travelers heading to Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands can take advantage of the Air New Zealand Explorer Pass. It’s available exclusively to residents of USA and Canada travelling on an Air New Zealand fare to New Zealand, Australia or the Pacific Islands. The Air New Zealand Explorer […]
Do vacations equal happiness? According to some 86 percent of American consumers who were asked whether these two elements link … they do. The Expedia® Pleasure Index, an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Expedia, sought to examine the link between vacations and happiness. What the survey revealed, not surprisingly: Americans report that vacations […]
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