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