Norwegian Joy Inaugural. Los Angeles, California

Norwegian Joy Back From China – With a Bang

By David Yeskel **** The tale of Norwegian Joy’s return from China is a fascinating business story. And it is also testament to the flexibility of the cruise industry and to the vision of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ (Norwegian Cruise Line’s parent company) management.

Outlander series with Diana Gabaldon on Avalon cruise

River Cruise Themes on Avalon to Quench Passionate Interests

From following in the footsteps of a favorite novel series or finding new and rare wines to praise, river cruising is not just about passing iconic scenery while sailing the great rivers of Europe. Avalon Waterways is offering, among a long menu of choices, a chance to sail with Diana Gabaldon, author of the very popular […]

Gold Coasts: Head to the Med for These Cruise Port Gems

By Craig Middleton The Mediterranean coast is brimming with incredible sites, cultures, food, and experiences. Here are five must-see sites on the Mediterranean coast worth the cruise.

Costa Caribbean Cruise: A Window to Italy

By David Yeskel   I’ll be honest. I knew that a 7-day Caribbean sailing on Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa would be different from competing mass-market ships sailing out of South Florida. I just never imagined it would be that different.  In fact, it’s more than a cruise experience; I’d actually describe it as a taste of […]

New ships for cruising

HAL’s Nieuw Statendam Raises the Bar on Premium Cruising

By David Yeskel If you were smitten – as I was – by the new, modern look and feel of Holland America Line’s (HAL) Koningsdam upon her debut in 2016, prepare for the love affair to continue with a just-delivered sister ship, Nieuw Statendam.  And while the gorgeous, 2,666-passenger vessel matches her sibling’s lighter, contemporary […]

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Ports of Call: Shoring up the Off-Ship Experience

A cruise vacation means sailing on a beautiful ship, with comfortable accommodations, fine cuisine and more tantalizing activities than one can possibly do in a week. It also means visiting fascinating ports of call just about every day. So, the question becomes, what’s the best way to take advantage of exploring these iconic destinations?