Adults-only ships: Cruise lines that operate ships for over-18s only

Last week we looked at a group of travellers identified by P&O Cruises as Trippers (the generation “Travelling In Parents’ Pockets and Eroding Retirement Savings”) and how increasing numbers of grown-up kids are going on holiday with their parents – particularly when the parents are paying for everything. It’s not just adult families holidaying together, though, and in...

Travel Experts Share 5 Reasons to Book a Cruise

Cruise lines continue to up the ante for travelers, offering new options, exciting destinations and upgraded services and amenities that, together, create amazing value and an exciting vacation. Travel advisors know the ins and outs of each cruise line and can help travelers match the right cruise to them. For those curious about what a vacation at sea has in store, a couple of experts weigh in on...

How Dirty Is Your Cruise Ship? The CDC Will Tell You

If you’re headed on a cruise this year or considering booking one, you most definitely want to check this resource. While cruises are undoubtedly a great way to travel, there are some downsides, like the fact that you’re traveling in a confined space and germs can spread much more rapidly. Between norovirus, a recent measles outbreak, and the risk of drinking contaminated water, you want to make...

Norwegian Cruise Line Sees No Danger on the Horizon

We’re a long way into the current economic cycle and despite the potential for a slowdown, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio sees plenty of reasons to be cheerful. — Patrick Whyte The good times are here to stay, according to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio, as fears of a global economic downturn and industry oversupply recede into the background. Norwegian reported...

Royal Caribbean Is Building the World’s Biggest Cruise Ship — Again

Royal Caribbean just keeps getting bigger. Just one year after beating its own record for the world’s largest cruise ship, the cruise line has cut metal on another, even bigger ship that should set another world record on its maiden voyage in 2021. The cruise line is in the process of creating its fifth Oasis ship, the largest class of boat Royal Caribbean has on offer. The first Oasis ship, Oasis...

Philippines’ Boracay Island Tackles Overtourism With Bans on Cruise Ships in Peak Seasons

Philippines’ Boracay shows a good example of how to regulate potential overcrowding by cruise ships. The idea to offer alternative ports of call is smart, as it promotes new destinations and spreads tourism benefits to other places. The Philippine government has started regulating cruise ship visits to Boracay Island in a bid to ease the pressure of tourist numbers on its environment. Cruise ships...

The Secret Trick That Can Save Up to 40 Percent on Cruise Ships

One of the industry’s latest trends is giving travelers a chance to score some serious deals. Looking for terrific value on your next—or first—cruise? It’s a simple but seriously insider tip: choose an older ship that just received a total makeover. In the past, cruise lines typically gave older ships a periodic update, bringing them in every two or three years for routine maintenance...

Cruise Lines Have Yet to Alter or Cancel Any Cruises to Cuba

While national security adviser John Bolton announced new travel restrictions to Cuba, no cruise lines have yet to alter or cancel any cruises to the Caribbean nation. Yesterday, the Trump administration announced new travel restrictions to Cuba. The biggest change is that travel will be restricted for nonfamily travel to Cuba. However, it is important to note that no new regulations have actually...

Cruise ship of the future: Facial recognition, fake views and virtual excursions

Futuristic cabins with video walls streaming tranquil beach scenes and starry night skies are among a raft of features being developed by Royal Caribbean International (RCI), the line that gave the cruise world its first “smart ship” in 2014. Inspired by NASA Cocooned by the rhythmic sounds of calming waves, gentle rain showers, quiet thunderstorms and other surround-sound acoustics, the...

THIS is the most serious THREAT to a cruise ship – and how it’s prevented

CRUISE ships can face many safety issues while sailing the open ocean – but one of them is far more serious than the rest. Cruise holidays are becoming increasingly popular each year as travellers take to the high seas to get from A to B. One of the major advantages of cruise ships is their high level of safety. According to a recent GP Wild report, cruise ship capacity grew by more than 41.5...