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NCL Epic - First Report
Early reports of technical difficulties have me hoping my 7-day Norwegian Epic transatlantic crossing will not be more "epic" than expected.   Go>
Kuki Blog Update!
Things You Need to Pay Attention to When Cruise Planning - Part 1
Once you get onboard a ship for your cruise, you can almost turn off your mind if you want to, and enjoy things as they come. However, to get to that point, there are things you can, and probably should do as basic preparation for your cruise. Go>

Kuki Blog Update!
Part 2 - Things You Need to Pay Attention to When Cruise Planning
In Part 1 I hopefully helped you through the booking process, so presuming you're booked, and have purchased the Travel Insurance, what's next in your planning agenda? Go>

Norwegian Epic - Ready for Her Close-up
NCL's final webcast before the debut of Norwegian Epic serves as an introduction to one of the most important new cruise ships.   Go> 6-18-10
Voyages to Antiquity Cruise Report
We had high praise for this new cruise line's business model. Now that we've sailed on it, let's put the promise into perspective.   Go>

Classical Music Theme Cruise
by Eric Stassen
Symphonic Voyages features full orchestra, special guests and immersion in a classical music theme cruise.   Go>

Island Windjammers - Recreates Barefoot Cruising
by Jim Graham
When the original Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went belly-up it left a strongly loyal following. One new company claims to recreate the original magic.   Go>

Teaching High-Tech on the High Seas
by Dan Fellner
Teaching High-Tech on the High Seas: Digital Workshop a huge hit with Holland America's older clientele   Go>

Norwegian Epic: The Next Big Thing
by Paul Motter
We now have but one all-new next generation cruise ship debut; Norwegian Epic. Our live reports start June 24.   Go>

Exploring Palm Beach County, Florida
by CruiseMates
Next time you cruise from Ft Lauderdale or Miami head north to this playground to America's Billionaires.   Go>

Cruising Through the 2010 Hurricane Season
The NOAA Just predicted the 2010 hurricane season could be one of the most active in recent memory. How does this affect cruise planning?   Go>
A Truly Classic Elvis Cruise
Celebrating the King's 75th Birthday at Sea will be some of his closest friends and co-workers.   Go>

Working on a Cruise Ship
What is it really like to work on a cruise ship? Clearing up some of the myths about life for the crew on a cruise ship.   Go>

Royal Caribbean Changes Price Protection
Just when we had rated Royal Caribbean's price guarantee plan as the best in the business they change it!   Go>

Larry Pimentel - Cruise Chief Extraordinaire
The new president of Azamara Club Cruises, Larry Pimentel, shares his philosophy and stories.   Go>

Allure of the Seas to Offer Surprises
Royal Carribean plans several exciting new features for Allure and Oasis, plus Freedom and Liberty of the Seas   Go>

Celebrity Ships Get Solsticized
Celebrity Cruises' Millennium class ships becoming "Solsticized" by receiving Solstice-class upgrades   Go>

Royal Caribbean Drops Park West Gallery
In the latest blog of Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean Cruises, he quietly drops this bombshell   Go>

Oasis Six-month Update
Six months after her launch, the new mega-ship has exceeded expectations. It's time for an update on Oasis, now that she has hit her stride.   Go> 5-7-10

NCL Now Offers a Price Guarantee
NCL's new Best Price- Guaranteed program has caveats to make it significantly different from competing plans   Go>

David and Linda Love Carnival Cruises
A few simple actions by Carnival employees merit loyalty from one family for over 100 cruises.   Go>

Mariner of the Seas Leaving California
We recommend taking this biggest ship west of Texas before it leaves California forever in January, 2011.   Go>

Norwegian Epic Show Reservation System
Norwegian Epic's online reservation system makes the ship's many entertainment options more easily accessible to guests.   Go>

An Exclusive Epic View
I will be reporting from a Studio Stateroom on the first Norwegian Epic cruise June 24.   Go>

Voyages to Antiquity Preview
A new destination-oriented cruise line with a purpose emerges from the founder of Orient Lines with an incredible value proposition.   Go>

Cruise Ship Art Auctioneer Park West Loses
A Michigan jury rules in favor of Fine Art Registry who claims cruise ship art auctioneers have been selling fraudulent works.   Go>

Silversea Cruises : Cruise Culinary Firsts
by Janice Wald Henderson
Silver Spirit is the first luxury cruise ship with six fine dining venues A story to whet your appetite.   Go>

How to Smuggle Booze onto a Cruise Ship
by Paul Motter
How to sneak liquor onto a cruise ship - the full story from an authoritative source 04-16-10

Cruising Russia's Rivers,
Viking River Cruises:
10 days from Moscow to
St. Petersburg on the Moscow River and the Stalin Canal becomes one of the most intriguing cruise I have ever experienced.
Spotlight on Carnival Cuisine
Carnival cuisine is surprisingly good, and the best food value in the cruise industry. Find out more about what's included in your cruise fare, Your Choice Dining, Wine Packages and more...

Park West Sues Fine Art Registry
by Paul Motter
The $46 million defamation lawsuit over alleged Dali forgeries at cruise ship art auctions continues in Federal Court. See what the controversy is all about.

The New Seven Wonders of the World
by Paul Motter
Six out the "New Seven Wonders of the World" are accessible by cruise ships. I have already seen five of them.

Holy Land Cruises for 2010/2011
by Paul Motter
See world history on a Holy Land cruise. Recomendations for 2011 and even 2010 last minute bargains.

More Magic from Disney Dream
by Paul Motter
Disney takes cruise interaction to new levels with video magic. Would you talk to this guy over a serving of caviar?

Best Cruise Ships for Singles
We have a new winner in the area of singles cruising. Why is this ship so great for singles?

Norwegian Epic's Cirque Dreams and Dinner
by Paul Motter
Norwegian Epic promises to deliver the first successful "Cirque" show at sea. A thorough preview with dozens of pictures and video.

Epic Entertainment at Sea
by Paul Motter
Entertainment on Norwegian Epic promises to take cruise ships shows to an entirely new dimension.

Norwegian Gem Suite Life
by Judi Cuervo
Norwegian Gem offers budget-friendly luxury cruises from New York City with convenience and style.

What to do When Ship Happens
by Paul Motter
Every once in awhile the cruise industry has a tough week, and this has been one of them.

Celebrity Cruises Unveils "QSine"
by Janice Wald Henderson
New dining concept slated for soon to debut Celebrity Eclipse hopes to "Eclipse" the Competition

Seatrade Convention 2010
The Seatrade Cruise Convention is the largest cruise event of the year. See live updates from Paul Motter and Kuki.

SS United States Needs Rescue
This U.S.-built ocean liner has held the commercial passenger Atlantic crossing speed record since 1952. Now it needs your help to stay afloat.
2010 Summer Cruise Prices Going Up
by Paul Motter
NCL announces fleet-wide price hikes, following the same announcement by Carnival.

Oceania Marina Shaping Up
by Paul Motter
Oceania Cruises pulls the wraps off their brand new ship design.

What is a Rogue Wave
Is a rogue wave an evil and lurking vampire-like phenomenon?   Go>

2009 Cruising Controversies
What calamities did the cruise industry sail through in 2009?

Bermuda 2010 Options
Bermuda is 20 square miles, but long and thin with 75 miles of coastline. Let's take a look at some of the ships visiting Bermuda in 2010

Princess to Build Newer, Bigger Ships
Princess orders two new mega-ships ships of 139,000-tons

Tracking Friends & Family On Oasis
Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas rolls out new service for friends and family to track and talk to each other.   Go>
Princess Brings Back the Bon Voyage Experience
Full details on the Princess bon voyage celebrations for guests and their sailing friends and family.   Go>
Truth About Single Cruises
by Paul Motter
The Love boat was a fantasy television series.
The real deal for single cruisers is not always so rosy.

Chef Matt Sigel Survives Hell's Kitchen
Our 2010 Cruisemates Cruise features chef Matt Sigel from season four Hell's Kitchen; We'll get behind the scenes at Hells' Kitchen onboard the brand new Norwegian Epic from NCL.   Go>
Common Cruise Ship Courtesy
Cruise ships are some of the best and last representative bastions of the finest in human courtesy and culture. Our readers give us their list of common courtesy suggestions for guests on cruise ships.
For Kids, Carnival Spells F U N
The Carnival Youth Experience offers something for everyone in the family, even parents!
Costa Deliziosa Arrives
Costa delivers its new "Top of the Line" cruise ship for world cruises and exotic voyages.
Silversea Silver Spirit Reviewed
The official Cruisemates review for Silversea's Silver Spirit - just added to our cruise guide.
Nickelodeon and NCL Form Partnership
Nickelodeon launched its first family cruise the summer of 2008. Due to its success, NCL and Nickelodeon now have a permanent partnership.   Go>
Crystal: Foodies' Gem of Choice
by Culinary Expert
Janice Wald Henderson

After a thorough sampling, I believe Crystal serves some of the best food I have ever experienced at sea.   Go>
Oceania Marina Ready to Set "Sale"
by Paul Motter
One of the cruise world's most unique success stories expands their achievement with a brand new ship design   Go>

Silversea's Silver Spirit Debuts
by Paul Motter
Silver Spirit is christened in Fort Lauderdale and begins life as a top of the line luxury cruise ship. We take a look at this 540-passenger vessel inside and out.   Go>

Surprises from Carnival and NCL
Carnival and NCL are both sending their best ships to Europe for Summer 2011   Go>
Cruise Viruses Down in 2009
The chance of a cruiser acquiring a virus in 2009 was approximately only 1 in 132,000   Go>
Drive-to Cruises: More Sense Than Ever
by Paul Motter
Forget flying to your cruise. A road trip to your ship can be less expensive and more hassle-free than you ever realized.   Go>

Carnival - The "Drive-to" Cruise Leader
When you compare the costs of traveling via airline to a car trip, driving often makes better budgetary sense. Carnival has 15 drive-to port options.   Go>

Disney Tops in Entertainment
Only Disney Cruises can offer all of the great entertainment created and owned by the Disney Company.   Go>
NO Singles Supplement for Epic Studio Staterooms!
by Paul Motter
Norwegian Epic Studio Staterooms will be sold to singles with NO Supplement! These 128 specially designed staterooms rooms share a common area - perfect for single cruisers!   Go>

Oasis of the Seas Update 2010
by Paul Motter
Oasis of the Seas is now carrying 5900 guests on each cruise. But the AquaTheater is still facing challenges.   Go>

Fort Lauderdale Pre-cruise Hotels
by Paul Motter
Pre-cruise hotel recommendations for cruisers leaving from Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades   Go>

Hawaii Family Cruises
by Luisa Frey
Hawaii has a wonderful mixture of warm weather activities along with active explorations of the natural world.   Go>


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Blog Update!
Splendor Fire: Troubling Revelations
In a nutshell, the automatic fire suppression system didn't work. The crew saved the ship with fire hoses and handheld extinguishers. Go>

Kuki Blog Update!
"Kuki" Cruise Industry Predictions For 2011
The cruise industry witnessed a multitude of changes in 2010, but alas it was just the beginning. Here's a look at what you can expect to see happen in the industry in 2011 - by Julian Assange. 12-28-10 Go>

Reader Review: Ruby Princess
by Bud Lockwood
The Ruby Princess was very good overall. Every venue and all the staff were excellent.
Dec. 27, 2010  Go>

Blog Update!
Disney - A Variety of New Destinations
The introduction of new vessels from Disney frees up the older Magic and Wonder for more diverse itineraries. Go>

Meet the Cruise Connoisseurs
by Paul Motter
Some people have the knowledge and experience to become extremely particular about their cruises.  Dec 10, 2010

New Ships for the New Year
by Paul Motter
Coming in 2011: Oceania Marina and Disney Dream - the last of this generation of new ships.   Go> Dec 6, 2010

First Look at Celebrity Eclipse
by Linda Pearl
Celebrity Eclipse puts a twist on the Solstice class from Celebrity with an Apple iLounge and Inventive cuisine in "QSine"   Go> Nov. 29, 2010

Royal Advantage Enhancements
Royal Caribbean takes a new direction in onboard offerings - brand name foods, goods and entertainment   Go> Nov. 23, 2010

DreamWorks on Allure Video

High-Def videos taken of the Dreamworks shows on Allure of the Seas - what is Royal Caribbean up to? See it here.

Live from Allure of the Seas

CruiseMates was onboard Allure of the Seas all last weekend - Check in here to see what happened. Plenty of pictures already!

Kuki Blog Update!
Things You Can Do To Ensure A Smooth Cruise Vacation
Amazingly one can find many people who've booked a cruise and when asked don't know what ship they are going on, or what ports of call they'll be visiting. They may know the name of the cruise line, and when asked where they are going may be just as likely to simply say "the Caribbean". Go>

Fire At Sea - Every Sailors Worst Nightmare
by David Beers
David Beers' excellent analysis of the Splendor fire, tough decisions by the captain and the heroism of cruise director John Heald. Nov 12, 2010  Go>

Interview with Carnival Splendor Passenger
New Video - Updated Carnival Splendor passenger Barbara Dillon has plenty to say about how Carnival and the Navy handled this cruise.   Go> Nov. 11, 2010

Allure of the Seas Arrives
Allure of the Seas arrives from Turku Finland - ready to begin regular cruises from Ft Lauderdale.   Go> Nov. 9, 2010

Disney Dream Kids
Disney Dream has more features for kids than any ship ever built - almost an entire deck.   Go> Nov. 8, 2010

The Disney Dream Machine
A look at the "Imagineering" technology onboard Disney Dream. There's "magic" and more...   Go> Nov. 5, 2010

Seeing the Disney Dream
A first look at the brand new Disney Dream from Papenburg, Germany.   Go> Nov. 4, 2010

Disney Dream Shipyard Pictures!

These pictures were just sent to us by Disney - the most recent pictures of Disney Dream taken last Monday

Disney Dream Floutout Video!

We are in Papenburg, Germany, for the floatout ceremony of Disney Dream. See the Floatout Fireworks video here! Lots of pictures. too.

NCL to Build Two New Ships

NCL's new ships will emulate Norwegian Epic in Freestyle cruising but with an updated look.

Disney Cruise Line Celebration

To celebrate Disney Dream Floatout, Disney Cruise Line is offering significant bargain prices on all of its ships for the 2012 season

Queen Elizabeth II Names Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II officially names her third ship, her namesake Queen Elizabeth in Southampton, England, on October 11, 2010. The weather was beautiful and the performance went perfectly - the Cunard way.

Defining Cruise 2.0

The definition of Cruise 2.0 means balcony cabins, open-seating dining, broadway caliber entertainment, multiple dining venues at added costs and a Web component to every cruise.

Polar Opposites - Arctic and Antarctic
While you can cruise to both Polar Regions, they are vastly different experiences. We'll examine the similarities and the differences.   Go>
Sept. 13, 2010

Cruise with us on Norwegian Epic
Chef Matt Sigel's Cruise will sail on Norwegian Epic, October 30, 2010. Matt gained national notoriety as a contestant on season four of the highly rated Fox Network show "Hell's Kitchen."
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CruiseReviews Blog Update!
Norwegian Epic - The "Un-Freestyle" Ship?
by David Beers
Now that we are eight weeks into regular service it appears there is an Epic problem that NCL does not really want to discuss. Go> 9-3-10

Norwegian Epic Article Roundup
Everything you need to know about Norwegian Epic is on these pages! Dining, entertainment, crew life, complaints and kudos.   Go>
Kuki Blog Update!
What Complaints Do You See That Make You Ask "What were they thinking?"
If we really think about it, anyone over the age of six should realize nothing is perfect. Go>

CruiseReviews Blog Update!
What's In a Name - The Dining Dilemma
by Jan Shaughnessy
Now if the names of the main dining options weren't enough to make you dizzy, what about the "reservations only" restaurants? Go> 8-31-10

Celebrity Eclipse - A Rare Caribbean Gem
A introduction to Celebrity Eclipse - the newest Solstice class vessel from Celebrity - Sailing to the Caribbean in 2010   Go>
August 30, 2010

2010 Hurricanes to Make Waves
Hurricane Danielle is not expected to change any cruise plans, but bring your medication. Plus more storms are on the way. Aug. 27, 2010  Go>

Top Five Mediterranean Cruise Port Hotels
by Janice Wald Henderson
Cruise ships come and go, but hotels are "forever." To make the best of your Med cruise, here are some of the continent's best hotels   Go>
August 14, 2010

Avalon Waterways 21st Century River Cruise
by Paul Motter
21st-century European river boats offer the amenities of modern cruise ships; Internet, balconies and style.   Go>
August 13, 2010

Cunard Queen Elizabeth Introduction
by Paul Motter
Queen Elizabeth emerges with dining, entertainment and décor fit for a Cunard queen. A shipyard inspection update.   Go>
August 6, 2010

Norwegian Epic Cruise Review
Norwegian Epic - the pinnacle of "Freestyle" cruising gets our final roundup here.  Aug 6, 2010 Go>

Holland America Cruise Review
Nieuw Amsterdam, the second of the line's new "Signature-class" of vessels.  Aug 2, 2010 Go>

Culinary Quest Aboard Seabourn Odyssey
by Janice Wald Henderson
Our culinary editor gives this luxury line the palate test. Will the food taste as good as it looks in these pictures?   Go>
July 30, 2010

Value Season Approaching
the autumn season between the end of summer and the beginning of the holidays is when the best cruise bargains appear.   Go>
August 18, 2010

Theme Cruising
Theme cruises are for like-minded people to sail together, attend conferences, share ideas, talk to each other, meet live and in person in groups large and small.
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Dining on Norwegian Epic
The food on Norwegian Epic is surprisingly good. Reviews of each restaurant including special and included in the cruise fare dining.   Go>
Breaking Down the Alaska Head Tax
The New Alaska Head Tax can reduce your cruise cost more than you probably thought - but who is really making out with this new tax bill?   Go>
Norwegian Epic and Crew Life
Norwegian Epic has such excellent crew facilities that being a crewmember has never been better.   Go>
The Second City on Norwegian Epic
The Second City comedy players on Norwegian Epic have years of comedy experience, including other NCL ships   Go>
Norwegian Epic: Singles Cruising has Arrived
Serendipity or just plain luck? Whatever you call it, NCL has created the best cruise ship ever for solo cruisers.   Go>
Norwegian Epic Bathroom Controversy
If you haven't heard about the controversial New Wave Stateroom bathroom facilities on Norwegian Epic, where have you been?   Go>
Live From Norwegian Epic
Regular updates daily from the Norwegian Epic's first 7-day cruise through July 1st, from a Studio Stateroom!   Go> 7-1-10
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