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...

Portland kicks off a cruise season that will bring bigger ships, more passengers

The city also opens its Waterfront Marketplace for the season. Portland welcomed the first major cruise ship of the 2019 season Thursday. The Norwegian Dawn brought 2,224 passengers and 1,000 crew members into port. Two other large ships expected this month – Grandeur of the Seas on Sunday and the Norwegian Dawn again on May 23 – are among the 100 cruise ships expected to call on Portland this...

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...

Milwaukee wants its port to become the next Great Lakes cruise ship destination

The Great Lakes may not have the shoreline views of Alaska, the warmth of the Bahamas or the history of Europe, but they are quickly becoming a destination for cruising. These are not the mega ships found in the Caribbean with casinos and waterslides. The experience on the Great Lakes is quieter. The clientele is older. The boats are smaller. Interest in cruising on the Great Lakes, and stopping in...

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...

5,000-passenger cruise ship pulls into Honolulu Harbor

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Talk about a big boat. A 5,000-passenger cruise ship ― Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas ― pulled into Honolulu Harbor on Wednesday, and scores of passengers disembarked to see the city. The vessel is the largest cruise ship ever to dock on Oahu. Typically, Honolulu Harbor sees cruise ships with about 2,500 passengers. The ship, which came in from Tahiti,...

St Lucia quarantines US cruise ship over measles case

A US cruise ship has been placed in quarantine by the Caribbean island of St Lucia after a case of measles was reported on board, the island’s chief medical officer said. Dr Merlene Fredericks James said there was a confirmed case of measles on board and “thought it prudent that we quarantine the ship”. No-one aboard was allowed to leave. The ship is reportedly the Freewinds, which...

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...