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Holland America leaving Tampa

Frequent readers of my blog know that my wife Marty and I love sailing on Holland America Line (HAL). We love it so much that we’ve sailed over 150 days and are 3 star mariners. My friends Dwight and Connie have over 700 days on HAL and are 5 star …

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When is the best time to take a cruise to Alaska

Many people ask me when is the best time to take a cruise to Alaska. My friends at Alaska.org offer the following advise: Cruise season in Alaska runs from mid-May to mid-September—but within that time frame, is one time better than another to book your cruise? For a lot of …

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Virgin Voyages’ reveals RockStar Suites

  Once again, Sir Richard Branson is taking the cruise experience to a new level! Virgin Voyages shared, “Virgin Voyages’ RockStar Suites bring a fresh take to yachting glamour steeped in the Virgin brand’s rock and roll heritage. Inspired by mega yachts and the glory days of rock and roll, …

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Norovirus strikes the Oasis of the Seas with a vengeance

Several days ago, the travel media shared a 2018 report of cases of the dreaded Norovirus was on the decline. Cruise Radio reported, “According to the final tally released by the CDC, only 547 cases of gastrointestinal illnesses were reported in 2018. By comparison, that’s less than half the number reported …

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Celebrity Solstice avoids hitting a small rubber boat

We all remember the scenes from the movies CaddyShack and Speed 2 where large boats hit smaller watercraft! According to the DailyMail,  “A rubber dinghy has narrowly avoided an incredibly close collision with a 122,000-tonne cruise ship, thanks to the quick-thinking captain of the huge vessel. The ship was forced …

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The Dollar Shave Club raises prices

I’ve been a member of, “The Dollar Shave Club” for several years, and they just announced they are raising prices. I’m sure the price of steel has increased, and I do understand prices go up. Here’s the email I received from the Dollar Shave Club, and yes, I’m continuing my …

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Carnival pauses change to room service policy

As you may recall, Carnival’s John Heald recently revealed on his Facebook page that Carnival was doing away with free room service (with the exception of continental breakfast.) On Sunday morning, John posted, “For the time being, there will be no changes until we finalize a plan that I will …

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The cruise experience has changed forever.

For over 15 years, I’ve enjoyed sharing my passion of cruising with my family, friends and audience on social media. With over 4000 followers on Twitter and over 600,000 views on my YouTube channel, I’ve tried to tell people that the cruise vacation is an experience like no other. Recently, …

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