Category: Cruising with the Masters

Deduction for cruise runs into rough seas »

By KEN MILIANI & CLAUDE RENSHAW My wife, who is a licensed massage therapist, is considering signing up for an Alaskan cruise that features massage therapist training as part of its deal. If she attends the onboard training sessions, she can get a year’s worth of “Continuing Education Units” and thus maintain her certification. The […]

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Suites voted among the best at sea »

The luxurious suites onboard the entire three-ship fleet of  Regent Seven Seas Cruises have been voted the best at sea in the first Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The ultra-luxury line’s Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner took first and second place in the “Best Cabins, Small Ship” category; Seven Seas Navigator earned seventh […]

The Truth About Airline Fuel Surcharges »

Ed Perkins on Travel by Ed Perkins, SmarterTravel Staff I’ve seen all too many travel writers—who should know better—whining about the fuel surcharge horror. Have you heard something like this? “Fares are really high to Asia and Europe this year, plus you have to add around $400 in a fuel surcharge.” If you have, then […]

Think You Know Cruising? Better Think Again »

By Paul Motter  Cruise travel may be the most generally misunderstood vacation experience – especially by those who have never taken a cruise. But even if you have taken a cruise, if it wasn’t a recent voyage then things have probably changed more than you’d expect. If you haven’t tried a cruise yet, it […]

Cruises: Not Just for Vacation — Meetings Too »

By Paul Motter When a destination doesn’t have enough hotel rooms for a special event, cruise ships can play a vital role.  For instance, when President Obama attended the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad in April 2009, cruise ships, serving as temporary hotels for the media and diplomats,  could be seen in the background […]

Cruise lines see market growing for incentives and meetings »

By Donna Tunney As the corporate incentives and meetings market finally bounces back, agents who specialize in the niche report that cruise lines are getting a bigger piece of the pie. Thanks to a combination of pent-up demand, designated meetings spaces onboard newer ships, stern-to-bow Internet access and inclusive fares, more companies are booking events […]

Crystal Cruises Offers Family Friendly Travel With Their Alaskan ‘Junior Rangers’ Program »

by Nadia Luxury cruise line, Crystal Cruises is doing something that I have been wishing they would do for quite some time now! With a vast amount of families booking cruise vacations these days, Crystal Cruises has decided to begin putting a special focus on “family-friendliness” for their Alaska summer series. Offering all-ages excursions (YES!), […]

Travel insurance: Don’t leave home without it »

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Media Services Travel with the added benefit of securing travel insurance. (Minneapolis Star Tribune/Tribune Media Services) I’m where no one wants to be on vacation — the emergency room. I scratched my cornea — terribly painful, but not life-threatening, though it certainly managed to derail my plans. While my family heads […]

Regent boss: New ‘free hotel’ offer takes the angst out of getting to ship »

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY What worries cruisers the most these days when heading off on a voyage? For many, it’s the prospect of a travel delay that causes them to miss their ship, says Mark Conroy, president of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “One thing we hear consistently from customers is that there’s angst in […]

How to avoid cell phone charges while abroad »

Smartphones have become the ultimate travel gadget, as the wide array of applications available make them a technological Swiss Army Knife. There’s no doubt that many travelers love the ability to be able to translate phrases, map routes and research restaurants on the fly. Yet what they may not love is coming home to a […]