Oceania slashes prices on several cruises

By Donna Tunney Oceania Cruises rolled out a big sale on 18 sailings, with fares discounted up to 75%. A 10-day Athens-to-Istanbul cruise departing Sept. 19 is priced from $1,999 per person, including air. The price for a 12-day cruise operating the same route in late August starts at $4,700 per person. Oceania also is discounting a 12-day Caribbean cruise … Read more

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!), an extended Junior Activities program … Read more

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 off the next day, I … Read more

Are luxury ships the best value in Alaska cruising?

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY  Thinking about a cruise to Alaska in 2011? Don’t rule out a voyage on a luxury line just because you think it’ll be a lot more expensive. That’s the word today from deal savvy Erica Silverstein of CruiseCritic.com, who offers up a lengthy online comparison between the cost of cruising in Alaska on the Celebrity … Read more

Penguins are the stars of any cruise to Antarctica

By Hilke Segbers Ushuaia, Argentina – Marilyn Monroe would have understood. Stones mean wealth to penguins. And they are willing to travel great distances – and even become thieves – to acquire some pebbles. Those who wish to observe the tuxedo-feathered creatures collecting stones must travel a great distance themselves. From Europe it is tens of thousands of kilometres to … Read more