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 package price for one person … Read more

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 place. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ … Read more

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 you’re only getting half the … Read more

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 may be time to ditch … Read more

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 of reporters covering the story.  … Read more

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 and employee-reward programs at sea. … 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