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World-Renowned wine critic James Suckling named Holland America Line’s new wine curator Silversea Expeditions welcomes back renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in 2019 Princess Cruises celebrates the premiere of “The Secret Silk”
 

World-Renowned wine critic James Suckling named Holland America Line’s new wine curator

Holland America Line is tapping into the expertise of one of the world’s most acclaimed wine critics, James Suckling, to curate an extensive new wine list that will be featured on all ships in the premium fleet. As Holland...

Silversea Expeditions welcomes back renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas in 2019

Luxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea has announced that renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas will join two Silver Discoverer voyages in 2019 as a guest lecturer. Internationally recognized for her studies and work with the orangutans of Indonesian Borneo...

Princess Cruises celebrates the premiere of “The Secret Silk”

Princess Cruises celebrated the premiere of “The Secret Silk,” the newest offering from it’s first-of-its-kind partnership with Stephen Schwartz, the Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony Award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin.” Joining Schwartz aboard Royal Princess for the premiere...

Pick the right cruise cabin

You’re thumbing through the cruise brochure and you see about 25 different cabin categories. Heck, they all look the same to you. Alas, not all cabins are created equal. Before you sink your hard-earned cash into a closet with a porthole, learn how to be a smart cabin cruiser.

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Cruise extras — are they worth it?

Cruise lines would like you to spend more money, so they’re expanding their menus of extras. Step aboard and you’ll be bombarded with choices ranging artwork to wine tastings. There’s some great stuff here, but beware. Are you cruisin’ for a wallet bruisin’? Here’s some advice.

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5 romantic cruise ships

Cruise ships are romantic, that’s for sure. The combination of sea breeze and starry nights seems to send Cupid reeling — just ask Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio. These days, a luxury cruise with the one you love has endless possibilities. Here are five cruise ships that go out of their way to inspire romance.

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7 tips for the best cruise deal

The Christmas presents have been put away and the last gulp of Jack Daniels is gone. There’s no denying it now. It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s January. Winter stands before you like the long, cold stare of your mother-in-law. It’s time to take a cruise. But the holiday season took a toll on the bank account. What to do?

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Holland America’s ‘dam Fine Cruise

The Zuiderdam is not your typical Holland America ship. Carrying 1,848 passengers, she is bigger and bolder (in decor) than any other ship in the Holland America fleet. While the Zuiderdam is flashy throughout, she still offers many pleasing comforts synonymous with the Holland America brand. The new look and feel of the Zuiderdam were intentional, designed to attract a younger family crowd on its Caribbean itinerary and, ultimately, to the line overall. Has Holland America succeeded in this bright, bold venture to woo younger and family cruisers? As I discovered on a recent seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise with my family, the answer is yes and no.

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What happens when a cruise line changes departing port and no flights are available?

It’s hurricane season and ships often change course. So, what recourse does a traveler have when the cruise line does a switcharoo? Read on…

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