There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.
JetBlue has earned the devotion of millions of flyers by providing the little extras that other airlines have consistently stripped away. A free checked bag, free drink and snack, in-seat entertainment system, and the best seat pitch of US airlines, have all contributed to JetBlue’s growing popularity. Recently they announced a change to their TrueBlue frequent flyer rewards program that allows families to share their miles, which is sure to shake up the industry and win JetBlue more enthusiastic fans.
It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.
MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.
Miami has a reputation for being a sultry and expensive vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet to have a great time in this chic city. The key to a low cost vacation in Miami is embodying the lifestyle of the locals and embracing the culture by hitting up all the free stuff.
Keeping your dollars in your pocket can be pretty easy—and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the beach either. The only time you’ll have to shell out money is for food and drinks and if you play your cards right you can spend only a few bucks on each meal as well.
For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities that need to be high on the list of anyone considering taking a boating trip in the area.
If you’re thinking about touring the south of France by sea, here are eight places you can’t miss:
Don’t even think about lighting up that cigarette or cigar on your cabin’s balcony, my friend – not even that fancy e-cigarette! The number of cruise lines who have banned smoking on all balconies is growing. In the coming months Disney Cruise Line, Seabourn, P&O and Cunard’s three Queens will all be joining smoke-free balcony the club.
I vividly remember sailing through the coastal waters of Alaska, dazzled by the pristine beauty but choking on the cigarette smoke wafting over from the balconies on either side of our cabin. I was not a happy sailor, so I enthusiastically applaud the cruise lines for taking this step.
Crown Cruise Vacations and Cornerstone Health & Wellness have joined forces with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to plan a Sea Fit Cruise departing from Bayonne, New Jersey on October 13, 2012.
How many of us have sailed away on a fun-filled cruise only to return home 10 pounds heavier? That’s why everyone packs their stretchy waistband pants, right? It’s really not our fault… there are just so many opportunities to indulge wonderful cuisine, lavish desserts and delicious frozen cocktails. But this Fall that could all change – here’s your chance to return from a cruise in better physical shape than when you departed.
Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish. This is a place where hot calcium- laden waters spring from the ground, fall over a cliff and form magnificent shining white terraces and pools filled with warm water. In this place of natural beauty, Roman royalty once created at spa center in the second century BC. They built the spa city of Hierapolis around a holy hot-water spring. The Sacred Pool is still present today and travelers can bathe there for a fee.
Calcium carbonate, also known as travertine, is created with the reaction of calcium to hydrogen carbonate, which are present in the water. This makes the whole area brilliantly white and the sediment has created the pool formations.
Perhaps nowhere else on the planet are sports fans as knowledgeable, loyal and enthusiastic as they are in New England. So it’s no surprise that two luxury cruise lines are hosting sports-themed cruises sailing out of Boston Harbor. What could be more exciting than meeting and socializing with famed sports celebrities while on vacation. Here’s how you can rub elbows with some really big hitters!
How many times have you returned from a busy touring vacation and thought, “Oh man, I need a vacation from my vacation”! Cruising one-way to or from your vacation destination may be the perfect solution.
A growing number of cruise lines are expanding their one-way itineraries. Once called repositioning cruises, that is not their sole purpose any longer. Cruise lines have recognized that travelers enjoy transiting from to their home port to a far away vacation destination.
Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free! You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]
Have you taken a peak outside from under the warm covers yet? The days are getting longer and warmer and the birds have begun their early morning serenade. After a winter that seemed like it would never end (and still hasn’t for some), spring finally is upon us. Need another sign? The flower buds have […]
One of the most rewarding aspects of barge cruising in France is that you have a chance to experience all the exotic French cuisine along your route. You can go ashore and explore fine restaurants, stop by out-of-the way cafes, and perhaps even learn a few tricks of your own. But what if the fine […]
Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience! For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed […]
Love is in the air. But, do work schedules, kids’ appointments or the never-ending alerts sounding off from your smartphone have you and your loved one running circles around each another? Maybe it’s time to stop, take a deep breath and get back to basics this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not sure how, let Cupid […]
While excitedly packing up for a cruise vacation, most of us have asked ourselves, “Can I take wine or alcohol on a cruise?” For years the answer has been no, but increasingly that is changing. We’ve found 13 major cruise lines that now say, yes you can. Half the charm of booking a balcony cabin […]
Rain and Shine, Mystic Connecticut is a great vacation destination for the whole family. Thirty years ago we took our daughter to Mystic Connecticut on vacation. A mere hour and a half from Boston, it was a great destination for a day trip or longer. She loved Mystic Seaport http://www.mysticseaport.org (in a time before animation […]
Follow the road less taken to Bed and Breakfasts with fall foliage views Sad about summer ending? Sure, packing up the swimsuits and sandals and saying good-bye to the carefree days of summer is never fun. But, don’t overlook fall. Afternoons spent on the beach cooling off with your favorite ice cream flavors turn into […]
For Everyone Who Ever Wondered, “Can I Cruise With A Toddler?”, Here’s Your Answer Not only can you cruise with toddlers—you should cruise with them! Cruise lines make it easier than ever to holiday with young children. They supervise them, entertain them, and they do it all in the safe confines of a specialized […]