Ned Levi has been writing about different types of cruises. This week Ned discusses expedition cruising, and describes a day in his recent Arctic expedition cruise which went to Svalbard and Greenland, to give you a feel for what it’s like on these types of cruises.
Celebrity crew discards passenger’s belongings, do you really need a travel agent? Southwest issues statement
Constellation to upgrade bedding, Air New Zealand to get first 787-9, United reaches deal with biofuel manufacturer
Celebrity Xpedition loses Galapagos permit, 20 percent off Eurostar tickets, students kicked off flight
Would a $50 a day all-you-can-drink program make you more, or less, likely to try a “Fun Ship” vacation? Carnival Cruise Lines tests taking the plunge.
This past week, Hurricane Irene played havoc with cruise ships in the Caribbean, but there are many more reasons for cruise cancellations, early sailings, dropped ports and new port destinations than weather. Ned Levi reviews many of the potential problems of cruising and what you need to do to prevent or deal with them.
Apparently Holland America has a policy that no customers can book a cabin and waitlist a lower category cabin, not just a lower priced cabin, but any lower category. The only allowable waitlists are to waitlist up, or to waitlist with a deposit, but no booking.
The wow factor is exactly what Celebrity Cruises is striving for on Eclipse. But before the line’s newest ship carried any paying passengers it was called to carry out a mission like no other.
Minnesota residents Kristen and Joe Wegleitner just wanted to start their October honeymoon off in grand style with a romantic 7-day Mediterranean voyage on Celebrity Cruises. Unfortunately things began to unravel when bad weather and a hodgepodge of missed airline flight connections forced the newlyweds to scuttle their cruise plans. Thankfully the couple had the foresight to purchase travel insurance and thought the claims process with Travel Guard would be hassle free. Or so the Wegleitners thought.
As cruise lines look for new sources of revenue at the same time they slash prices, alcohol prices onboard have now climbed to and above the levels of many land-based bars and restaurants. (Although fortunately not to the levels of the $15-$20 big-city martinis.) Which means, for passengers who like to imbibe, a potentially rude shock when they get their bar bills. Especially for those who can’t resist the lure of waiters walking around with trays of “Bahama Mamas.”