Celebrity Cruises to launch first roundtrip voyages out of Istanbul

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY The Celebrity Constellation, operated by Celebrity Cruises. Courtesy Celebrity Cruises   Celebrity Cruises has announced plans for roundtrip voyages out of Istanbul — a first for the line. The fast-growing company says it will offer three 12-night sailings from the Turkish city in the fall of 2011 on the 2,034-passenger Celebrity Constellation. The new “Greek … Read more

Ride the Ducks suspends tours nationwide following Philly crash

Ride the Ducks suspends tours nationwide following Philly crash Travel Weekly By: Kimberly ScholzJuly 08, 2010 Ride the Ducks, a company offering land/sea sightseeing tours by amphibious vehicle in six locations in the U.S., has suspended tours at all locations following a “duck boat”-barge crash on the Delaware River in Philadelphia on Wednesday. A message on its website said, “Our … Read more

Passport fees set to increase Tuesday

Many travelers are unaware the cost of an adult passport will go up by $35 to $135; fees for renewals, passport cards and other consulate services are also changing.   BY JENNIFER PALMER Oklahoman    4 Published: July 8, 2010 Modified: July 9, 2010 at 5:12 am Passport fees will increase Tuesday. But travelers aren’t rushing to application offices to … Read more

Would you pay $35 to have a few extra hours on a cruise ship?

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY  Royal Caribbean’s 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas. CAPTION Courtesy Royal Caribbean Would you pay $35 to have a few extra hours on a cruise ship? Royal Caribbean is betting you will.The mass-market line is expanding a $35-a-person “Late Departure” program tested on a couple ships last year in Europe to more vessels.  Now available on … Read more

Disney’s New Cruise Ship to Feature Teens-Only Spa

from Cruise Critic   (4 p.m. EDT) — Disney Cruise Line continues to trickle out details on its under-construction Disney Dream, which will launch in January 2011 as the first new Disney ship in more than a decade. In a recent post on the Disney Parks blog, the cruise line announced that 128,000-ton, 2,500-passenger Disney Dream will feature the Chill … Read more

Azamara Club Cruises celebrates first 100 days of service

  Posted in Cruise News Destination-led small ship cruise line Azamara Club Cruises is reporting its highest ever levels of guest satisfaction over the last 100 days since enhancements to deliver a more inclusive approach to life onboard were made. In fact, newly trained butlers onboard top the score charts, achieving the maximum possible ratings from all guests. Since the … Read more

Oasis vs. Epic: How Much Will You Pay?

 from Cruise Critic Now that the second most innovative ship of all time — NCL‘s Norwegian Epic — has been launched, how will it stack up price-wise against Royal Caribbean‘s gargantuan Oasis of the Seas?As we let these hot new ships duke it out for deal supremacy, the real questions become: Which one are you going to pick and how … Read more