Viking is best cruise line in Mediterranean, Royal Caribbean offers best value, U.S. News’ rankings say

If you’re planning a cruise during the coming year, there are a lot of things to consider: Is the price right? Does the cruise line sail to the destination you’re longing to see? Does it cater to couples or families? U.S. News & World Report may offer some insights. The magazine announced its 2018 Best Cruise Lines rankings Tuesday, evaluating 165 ships in 17 cruise lines across six...

Cruise ship tourism in Alaska

On Monday, 2017’s first cruise ship arrived in Anchorage. And according to Cruise Lines International Association Alaska (CLIA Alaska), the municipality should expect to see 10 more visiting ships this season. This year, CLIA Alaska estimates that the state will welcome approximately 1.1 million cruise ship passengers. This is 100,000 more passengers than the past two years. In both 2007 and...

China’s ban leaves cruise lines scrambling

Cruise lines have started to tear up their northern China itineraries following an order from the Chinese government to the country’s travel agencies to stop selling itineraries that include South Korea. The Chinese directive follows the announcement late last month by the South Korean and U.S. governments that components for a new U.S.-developed anti-missile system were to arrive in South Korea...

Enjoy 5-star river cruising

Johannesburg – Luxury Gold and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection are pleased to announce their new 2017 Europe’s Finest collection of itineraries. Featuring eight itineraries, including two all-new journeys to France and the Dalmatian Riviera, guests can expect nothing but the best with “Europe’s Finest.” “At Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, we are passionate about providing enriching...

Christmas 2016 cruise guide: Best cruises this Christmas holiday period

CRUISEY CHRISTMAS ON THE HORIZON Can you believe Christmas is only two months away? If you’re haven’t planned your holiday yet, there are spots available on several ships cruising out of Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne over the festive season – it’s a wonderful way to escape the madness and celebrate at sea. Here’s a rundown of Christmas cruises: Royal Caribbean’s Voyager...

Mundy Cruising Unveils World’s Longest Cruise

Seven continents. Seven cruise ships. 357 days. If you find yourself stuck in the uncomfortable predicament of having a bunch of extra cash, and a year’s worth of vacation days to burn, don’t worry—we’ve got a solution: Luxury cruise line Mundy Cruising just announced a new, 357-day itinerary that will hit all seven continents. Oh, and did we mention it sets sail in three months? Starting in...

Cruising California’s coast on the tall ship Lady Washington

Get a feel for the life of an 18th-century shipmate aboard this replica of the first American ship to make landfall on the West Coast. SAUSALITO, Calif. — My passage on the tall ship Lady Washington as it headed to sea beneath the Golden Gate Bridge wasn’t how I’d pictured it. I’d imagined bellying sails tweaked by rigging-scampering deckhands as the jaunty ship with its cheerful yellow railing...

European Waterways Announces Last-Minute Specials on 2016 Departures

Up to £1,200 off per Cabin and £5,000 off Full Boat Charters Cruise the Canals of France During Wine Harvest Season on a Luxury Hotel Barge European Waterways, Europe’s largest luxury hotel barge cruising company, has announced savings on some remaining 2016 departures across its luxury fleet operating in France.Participating hotel barges include L’Art de Vivre and La Belle Epoque, cruising through...

Rio mayor calls holidays to help ease critical traffic situation

Rio de Janeiro (dpa) – The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, Tuesday declared public holidays in his city on Thursday and Friday amid the traffic problems expected with the opening of the 2016 Olympic Games. At a press conference, he said the aim is to keep the difficulties for Rio’s citizens as low as possible. “This is an historic event for our city,” he said. With the...