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Carnival to add a roller coaster on Mardi Gras cruise ship

Just when you’ve thought cruise ships have done it all, Carnival is adding a roller coaster to its brand new ship, the Carnival Mardi Gras. Robot bar tenders, bumper cars, a go-kart track and now a roller coaster. I’ve said it for years; the cruise ship has now become the …

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A man who has lived on a cruise ship for 13 years

Can you imagine living on a cruise ship for 13 years? We’ve all heard about “Super Mario” who has been on over 950 cruises ( https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/tourism/fl-royal-caribbean-avid-cruiser-20160429-story.html ) Forbes.com has a great story about “Captain” Morton Jablin: At the age of 94, Morton Jablin could easily pass for someone twenty years younger. He …

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Carnival raises price for drink gratuities

CruiseRadio.net is reporting that Carnival cruise line is raising the price for drink gratuities. “A change to Carnival’s gratuity section on their website now states, “For beverage purchases, an automatic 18% gratuity will be added to the bill.” In the case of individual purchases, it will simply be added to …

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Sir Richard Branson reveals plans for new cruise ship terminal in Miami

The Sun Sentinel.com is reporting news about the Virgin Voyages cruise ship terminal in Miami. “Company founder and London billionaire Richard Branson revealed plans Wednesday for a proposed new terminal at PortMiami that would be the base for his two upcoming cruise ships, the Scarlet Lady and another yet-to-be-named ship.” …

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How a popular cruise director stays fit at sea

Anyone who has sailed with Carnival’s Matt Mitcham know he’s an amazing cruise director. Yeah, he physically fit but an added benefit is that he’s a great guy. If you’ve ever cruised, you know that it’s tempting to eat everything in sight. Guy’s Burgers, unlimited free sandwiches and pizza and …

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5 tips for cruising during the holidays

Sure, cruising during the holidays sounds great. Time with family, amazing food, no cooking or cleaning, but check out my 5 tips first! Steer clear of Complainers Grumpy relatives can spoil a cruise fast. You know the ones! They constantly criticize everything from the service to the temperature of the …

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Not a travel agent, I’m an experience designer!

For years, travel visionaries like Groove Cruise Founder Jason Beukema has preached the sermon of collecting experiences, not things. The experience of spending time with my grandson is much more important to me than buying the latest iPhone! Now an article from Bloomberg is telling travel agents like myself to …

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Virgin Voyages Big Reveal: Restaurants

“Sailors” who cruise on “The Scarlet Lady”, the first ship of the Virgin Voyages brand new fleet of ships will enjoy off the chain dining venues; no buffets on this Sir Richard Branson vessel! Virgin Voyages tells us, “With an interior scheme that nods to the namesake, the bold camouflaging of …

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Passport or Passport Card

One of the top questions I get from cruise passengers is “do I need a passport?” The short answer is yes. Sure, if you are sailing on a U.S. “closed-end” cruise (leaving and returning from a U.S. cruise port), you can get by with a government-issued photo i.d. and a …

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