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Why Formal Night Isn’t as Nice as it Used to Be

8. February 2015

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Formal night on a ship: It’s a night when passengers are supposed to conjure up thoughts of days long ago when travel by sea was once elegant, luxurious, and considerably more romantic. However, those days are getting even more difficult to imagine as cruise lines adapt an ‘anything goes’ attitude towards formal night and the […]

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Expedia Acquiring Travelocity: Even Less Competition?

23. January 2015

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Expedia is set to purchase ‘rival’ travel booking site Travelocity for $280 million. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Expedia has been running operations for Travelocity since 2013 – so substantially, consumers will likely see very little difference. Expedia already owns Hotels.com, Hotwire, eLong Inc. and Trivago. The WSJ goes on to say the […]

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Loud Carnival Cruise Ship Cabin

30. July 2014

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Let me preface this article by saying we enjoyed our cruise – a lot – but we felt this was worthy of some discussion since it’s something that has never happened to us before. We generally try to pick out good cabins. We google the ship maps to make sure we’re not right under the […]

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2014 Update: Carnival Punchliner Comedy Club

30. July 2014

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In 2011 we wrote about Carnival’s new Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, saying it was a great idea with faulty execution. Having recently sailed on the Carnival Magic over the 4th of July, we’re excited to report that Carnival has improved the experience of this popular evening choice. Instead of having one show […]

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How Cruise Cabins Are Made: Henry Ford would be Proud

24. July 2014

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Many parts of a cruise ship are built off-site and then installed in pieces to the frame of a ship, but some may be surprised to know that the cabins are all individually made, tested, and furnished before being loaded and installed on a ship. Royal Caribbean takes us on a tour of how cruise […]

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Spooky First Pictures from Inside Costa Condoria Wreckage

15. July 2014

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For the first time in over two years the Costa Cocordia is upright and ‘floating’ again – and below are some of the first images from inside the Costa Concordia wreckage. Crews are in the process of moving the ship to a yard where it will be dismantled and used for scrap, but the search […]

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Report: Cruise Passengers Spending Less on Board, Hurting Profits

25. April 2014

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Royal Caribbean, the second-largest cruise company in the world, released its quarterly profit results to Wall Street and they were down by two-thirds. The company indicated that the line was dealing with several mishaps during the quarter, and shortened or interrupted cruises (mass illness, weather) cause cruise passengers spend less on-board. Royal Caribbean International said […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line Resumes Service to Roatan Following Crew Murder

15. April 2014

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Norwegian Cruise Line is resuming calls this week in Roatan, Honduras after canceling last week’s stops following the murder of one of its crew members in port earlier this month. NCL noted on their facebook page last week that stops were canceled out of “an abundance of caution for our guests and crew, we have […]

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20 Years of Cruise Ship Norovirus Outbreaks listed by Cruise Line

11. February 2014

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Norovirus is nasty. Symptoms include…well…it’s a stomach virus, you know what they include – and they’ll ruin your vacation. The CDC has compiled the information on Norovirus outbreaks over the years and there are some clear winners and losers when it comes to keeping ships clean and avoiding large outbreaks. The CDC investigates ship illnesses […]

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Video: Cruise Ship Battered by Rough Seas, High Waves

7. February 2014

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New video from off the coast of Spain showing the P&O MV Oriana battling rough seas and high waves during a recent sailing. Hope the passengers brought their Dramamine! Waves (within reason) are still better than Norovirus. Ooof. The MV Oriana is 6th largest in the 7-ship P&O Cruises Fleet. P&O is owned Carnival Corporation. […]

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