Category Archives: Cruise Vacation

11 Easy Tips to Find the Best Cruise Deal

With 30 million passengers expected to cruise by the end of 2019, I sometimes wonder if all these cruisers believe they truly found the best cruise deal. Conversely, how many folks felt they didn’t, especially after gabbing with fellow cruisers while onboard. Don’t get left behind on the pier. Here’s how to find the best cruise deal. How To Get The Best Cruise Deal When it comes time to plan a cruise, everyone wants to find the best deal and with as many benefits as possible.  Like […]

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11 Easy Tips to Find the Best Cruise Deal

With 30 million passengers expected to cruise by the end of 2019, I sometimes wonder if all these cruisers believe they truly found the best cruise deal. Conversely, how many folks felt they didn’t, especially after gabbing with fellow cruisers while onboard. Don’t get left behind on the pier. Here’s how to find the best cruise deal. How to Get the Best Cruise Deal When it comes time to plan a cruise, everyone wants to find the best deal and with as many benefits as possible.  Like […]

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Brightline Extends Trains from PortMiami to Orlando

Cruise News The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved ratification of agreement for Brightline, soon to be renamed Virgin Trains USA, to build a station at PortMiami by 2020. The Virgin Trains PortMiami station will be a U.S. transit first as the only intercity rail system in the U.S.  to eventually connect an international airport (Orlando International Airport), directly to a major cruise port (PortMiami) by 2022. Brightline currently operates trains from downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  Phase 2 construction is underway to connect to […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line to Spend $100 Million-Plus on Ship Refurbishment –

There’s another Norwegian ship about to undergo a massive refurbishment.  This time it’s Norwegian Spirit and at over $100 million, it’s the most extensive refurbishment for any ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Norwegian Spirit will also have a new hull art design. As part of The Norwegian Edge refurbishment program, Norwegian Spirit will enter dry dock in Marseille, France on January 2, 2020. What’s New for Norwegian Spirit As part of the nearly 40-day refurbishment, the ship will emerge featuring 14 new venues, additional staterooms […]

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Regent-Seven-Seas-Splendor-Regent-Suite-Mattress – CruiseMaven.com

Luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new ship, Seven Seas Splendor, will have what undoubtedly will be the most expensive mattress at sea.  A $200,000 mattress to be exact. But it won’t be available to all guests onboard the new ship.  You’ll have to reserve the top tier Regent Suite aboard Seven Seas Splendor to experience it. If you’re curious how a mattress can cost $200,000, you should know that this is a custom handmade mattress filled with horsetail hair, cushioning flax, slow-growing pine, superior wool […]

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Panorama Heads to California

Cruise News With this week’s delivery of Carnival Panorama at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially welcomes its 27th ship and the third vessel in the popular Vista class.  Carnival Panorama is one the move to Long Beach, Calif.  The naming ceremony and inaugural sailing are scheduled for December. “Carnival Panorama is the 15th ship built by Fincantieri for Carnival Cruise Line and once again, the skill and hard work of hundreds of talented craftspeople are on display here aboard the beautiful Carnival Panorama,” said Christine […]

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The Queen Mary – One of America’s Most Haunted Places

Welcome to the Queen Mary (haunted!) Hotel.  This once grand ocean liner turned hotel is one place where I don’t want to spend a night.  Any night. All photos in this article are mine except for this one.  Photo credit: Queen Mary A haunting encounter I tried in vain to get from Norwegian Joy to Holland America’s Noordam in Long Beach, California for a short jaunt to Vancouver. But I missed the ship and ended up with time on my hands.  About seven hours to be exact […]

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Seven Best Apps for Amtrak Train Trips

Riding Amtrak across the country is the perfect time to put that phone away.  But I’ve discovered a few fun, helpful and even necessary apps that make me keep my phone charged and at my side. Wondering about the elevation? There’s an app for that, too. Apps for Amtrak Train Trips and Other Stuff to Download When I first had the idea to write this article, Amtrak National Timetable books were available in nearly every Amtrak station.  Individual route pamphlets were neatly arranged in racks near every […]

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Odyssey of the Seas Details Revealed

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the 5,622-passenger Odyssey of the Seas will be the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise from North America.  Odyssey will continue Quantum Ultra Class groundbreaking firsts with its two-level pool deck and all the expected of Royal Caribbean signature restaurants and lounges. Photo: Royal Caribbean Odyssey’s highlights include the next generation of their SeaPlex activity space, the largest indoor play area at sea.  Adventure Ocean for kids will be amped-up with an entirely new layout.  Teens can party in a newly designed teen […]

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Carnival Plans to Send More Ships to Alaska in 2021

Good news for Southeast Alaska tourism.  Carnival plans to increase the amount of ships it will send to Alaska in 2021.  With this announcement, Carnival joins a growing list of cruise lines that will move additional ships to Alaska beginning as early as next year. Carnival Freedom docked in Cozumel.  Quite the move up to Alaska!   Carnival Freedom will reposition from Galveston to Seattle to begin April 2021 its week-long Inside Passage Glacier Route cruises.  Soon after on the move will be Carnival Miracle, with 10- and […]

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