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Deal watch: Norwegian extends cruise sale

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its “Norwegian Take it to the Next Level” sale through Sunday, April 15. The […]

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Passengers praise response to cruise ship fire

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Passengers from the Azamara Quest are safely in luxury Malaysian hotels today, recalling the frightening experience of being stranded […]

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New site offers discounted shore excursions

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. A new booking site launched by Viator, Inc. aims to make it easier for cruise passengers to find alternatives […]

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5 things to love about Disney’s new ship

USA TODAY’s Gene Sloan just returned from a preview cruise aboard Disney’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy. For a more expanded view of the vessel’s features, see his new¬†comprehensive photo tour. PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — Few new cruise ships over the past decade have drawn as much buzz as the Disney Dream, which launched last […]

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‘Modern Family’ insider to headline cruise

Are you a big fan of ABC’s Modern Family? Luxury line Crystal Cruises has a voyage for you: A 12-night sailing in May that will feature Emmy Award-winning Modern Family casting director Jeff Greenberg. Crystal says Greenberg will lecture during the sailing about how he put together the Modern Family cast and, in separate sessions […]

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Royal Caribbean ship transformed in dry dock

One of Royal Caribbean’s oldest ships, the 1,998-passenger Rhapsody of the Seas, has emerged from a month-long, $54 million makeover that the line says has transformed it into a “virtually new” vessel. The top-to-bottom overhaul in a Singapore shipyard brought the 78,491-ton Rhapsody of the Seas a number of new venues that have debuted on […]

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Celebrity Cruises to add Los Angeles sailings

Celebrity Cruises plans to send a ship to Los Angeles in early 2014 for a series of cruises to Hawaii and the Pacific Coast. The line today announced that the 1,814-passenger Celebrity Century will sail from the city between February and May 2014 after spending the first part of the winter of 2013-14 cruising out […]

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Love bluegrass music? This cruise is for you

What’s billed as the first bluegrass festival at sea will take place in early 2013. Music cruise organizer Sixthman on Monday announced plans for the Mountain Song at Sea cruise, as it’s being called — a three-night, music-filled trip to the Bahamas on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky. Kicking off in Miami on Feb. 1, […]

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Photo tour: Europe’s hottest new river ship

AMSTERDAM — A new era in European river cruising began last week as Viking River Cruises unveiled its first four “longships” — vessels that boast cabins with balconies, unusually large suites and other innovative features. What are the ships like on the inside? Click HERE to see our new comprehensive photo tour of one of […]

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Cruise seller CruiseOne launches promotion

Cruise-selling chain CruiseOne is offering on-board credits of up to $150 to customers who book a cruise by Saturday. The Florida-based network of more than 750 travel agencies says the promotion can be combined with on-board credit offers from cruise lines currently in the market such as one from Royal Caribbean that ends today. Under […]

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