Royal Caribbean Ship has Motor Issues in Europe

by Fran Golden Royal Caribbean says its Jewel of the Seas is experiencing “a mechanical issue” on a cruise in Europe and has had to adjust the ship’s itinerary. The ship is on a 12-day Scandinavia and Russia sailing. The problem is with one of the four hydraulic motors on the starboard propulsion system, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez. The … Read more

What are Cruise Lines Doing to Avoid Whales?

(9:45 a.m. EDT) — Since last week’s unfortunate incident in Alaska, in which a dead whale was discovered on the bow of Princess Cruises‘ Sapphire Princess, travellers have been asking what cruise lines do — and what they can do better — to avoid such situations. Because large mammals are too small to show up on radar, cruise ships must … Read more

The Perfect Cruise Vacation – How to Spend Less for the Very Best

Who ya gonna call? – Where do you buy your cruise tickets to get the best price? Should you buy from a traditional travel agent, an online mega-seller or direct from the cruise line? Surprisingly, when it comes to the base fare, it doesn’t make much difference. Price variation is more contingent on qualifying for a particular type of discount; promotional, seasonal, past … Read more

Celebrity Caribbean Promotion Offers Up to $200 Onboard Credit

Celebrity Cruises is offering a new booking promotion that gives up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom to guests who book select Caribbean cruises in certain staterooms by Aug. 14. The promotion applies to Caribbean cruises of seven nights or longer sailing between October and April, including the three Solstice-class ships. Guests who book veranda staterooms, Concierge Class staterooms, AquaClass … Read more

Carnival introduces live band karaoke

By: Johanna Jainchill Carnival Cruise Lines is introducing live karaoke on its ships, a new kind of karaoke performed in front of a live band and backup singers. Called Superstar Live Karaoke, Carnival passengers take the stage with a microphone, accompanied by professional musicians playing electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, and backup singers that provide harmonies. Carnival said that … Read more

How to get value for money on a cruise

by Natalia Jones A cruise is already an affordable way to travel but if you really want to get value for money on your next cruise take note of these handy tips. Choose Your Cabin Wisely Interior cabins are the cheapest but they more often than not come with two single beds and they are extremely small. If you don’t … Read more

Cunard considering a la carte dining for top restaurant on next ship

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY The Cunard Line’s 2,092-passenger Queen Elizabeth under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy, on July 30, 2010. MONFALCONE, Italy — A la carte pricing for restaurant menu items — a relative rarity in the cruise world — may be coming to Cunard Line.   Cunard president and managing director Peter Shanks tells USA … Read more

Deal or No Deal? How to Decide!

Sarah’s Travel Tips by Sarah Pascarella, SmarterTravel.com Staff – July 30, 2010 When people find out I write for a travel publication, I inevitably get asked about good deals for upcoming vacations. My standard reply is that it all depends on what you like to do, and the conversation goes from there. I rarely advocate just going with rock-bottom prices, … Read more