In 2021, Americans will need new online authorization to visit Europe

03/11/2019 News

Any Americans traveling to Europe starting in 2021 will need to register for an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System) prior authorization. The bottom line: To get the new approval, Americans need an email account, a valid passport and a credit or debit card. Once obtained, the proposed ETIAS authorization will be valid for 3 years. The … Continue reading

Dead fish to fuel Norwegian Hurtigruten cruise liner

11/26/2018 News

The cruise industry is booming, thanks to its promise of spectacular views, exotic locales and floating luxury. But as the appetite for ocean travel rapidly grows, there’s been growing concern about its environmental impact. Fish scraps might be part of the solution, according to a Norwegian cruise operator. Hurtigruten, known for its trips through Norway’s fjords and to … Continue reading

10 unusual cruise ship amenities

08/27/2018 News

Cruise industry folks know that vacationers have literal boatloads of sailing options to choose from these days, inspiring the trend to outfit ships with the most whiz-bang attractions and amenities at sea. Today you’ll find souped-up ships oozing outrageous features — such as amusement park-worthy diversions (racetracks with hairpin turns), high-tech innovations (robot bartenders) and … Continue reading

Viking Cruise Lines bans children, says their clients want kid-free vacations

08/27/2018 News

When Virgin Voyages announced last year that the cruise line’s first ship, to debut in 2020, would be for adults only, it surprised many in the industry. Cruises are typically marketed to families and boomers. Recent years have seen cruise ships add wild theme park-like attractions onboard, ranging from multi-story in-suite slides to go-kart tracks to indoor skydiving. Families … Continue reading

Tips for cruising with kids

08/06/2018 News, Tips

Cruises score big points with families, offering up value, adventure and convenience (see the world and unpack once!). You also get a something-for-everyone atmosphere where diverse diversions appeal to babies, teens and kids in between — not to mention good ol’ mom and dad. So how to make the most of an at-sea getaway with … Continue reading

Luxury cruise line Silversea to send ship across Northeast Passage

08/06/2018 News

Another cruise company is planning a voyage through the Northeast Passage — the little-traveled Arctic sea route across the top of Russia. Silversea Expeditions says its 144-passenger Silver Explorer will cross the remote, icy waterway on an east-to-west routing in 2019. It’ll be the company’s first foray into the passage, which has seen few transits by vessels with … Continue reading

Royal Caribbean Enters Into Ultra Luxury Cruise Space With Acquisition of Silversea

06/14/2018 News

Just last week Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE: RCL) and Manfredi Lefebvre D’Ovidio s agreed thatRCL would acquire a stake in privately-owned Silversea Cruises. This move joins two companies with bold, long-term visions for the cruise industry. What does this mean for you, the luxury consumer? Silversea — an award-winning luxury cruise line — will probably become even more distinguished and fun-filled for every passenger… Continue reading