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Norwegian Stubs Out Smoking on Balconies

Jul 23 2014 08:15 PM | Jason in Norwegian Cruise Line

About a week after Carnival Cruise Lines announced it would ban smoking on cruise ship stateroom balconies, Norwegian Cruise Line followed suit. Many cruisers greet the new policies with gratitude, but smokers reacted with anger and frustration.  ...

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Norwegian Stubs Out Smoking on Balconies

Jul 23 2014 08:15 PM | Jason in Norwegian Cruise Line

About a week after Carnival Cruise Lines announced it would ban smoking on cruise ship stateroom balconies, Norwegian Cruise Line followed suit. Many cruisers greet the new policies with gratitude, but smokers reacted with anger and frustration.  ...

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Costa Concordia embarks on its last voyage

Jul 23 2014 08:00 PM | Jason in Other Cruise Lines

Emergency response teams rushed to deal with an oil spill from the wreck of the Costa Concordia Sunday, as salvage experts prepared to tow the crippled vessel away from the island of Giglio Tuesday.   The oil leaked as the 105,000-tonne cruise lin...

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The best cruise ship discos

Jul 23 2014 07:55 PM | Jason in Articles

Some cruise passengers head to sea looking for time in the sun and to catch up on sleep. Then there are those looking to dance until dawn. For the late-night party crowd, cruise ships have discos, often designed to capture a South Beach or New York vib...

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Costa Concordia re-floating operation has begun

Jul 14 2014 07:50 PM | Jason in Other Cruise Lines

The wreck of the luxury liner Costa Concordia was refloated on Monday and will soon be towed away and broken up for scrap, more than two years after it capsized off the Italian coast, killing 32 people.   The 290-metre Costa Concordia ran aground...

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Is Florida losing its home port advantage?

Jul 14 2014 07:40 PM | Jason in Articles

A cruisegoer for more than 15 years, Richard Biter noticed something interesting on a recent trip: His ship bypassed Ocho Rios, the Jamaican port where many previous cruises had stopped, and headed instead to Falmouth, which had been developed by Royal...

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Italy cruise ship removal planned to start Monday, July 14

Jul 10 2014 10:40 PM | Jason in Other Cruise Lines

An unprecedented operation to refloat the doomed Costa Concordia cruise ship is planned to begin on Monday -- two and a half years after it foundered off the Tuscan island of Giglio, salvage coordinators said.   Ship owner Costa Crociere and Italy...

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Cruise line drops Israel after shrapnel incident

Jul 10 2014 10:40 PM | Jason in Port News

UPDATE: AIDA Cruises said it is discontinuing port calls to Israel in July and August. Ships that had been scheduled to visit Ashdod will instead call at Santorini, Greece, the line said in a statement.   ORIGINAL POST: Passengers and crew on the...

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Carnival Cruise Lines raises automatic gratuities

Jul 10 2014 10:35 PM | Jason in Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Lines is boosting the gratuity amount it suggests passengers give crew as tips.   The line is raising the amount by 50 cents, from $11.50 to $12 per passenger, per day, effective Oct. 9. The gratuities are automatically added to pa...

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Carnival-owned cruise ship hit by shrapnel in Israel

Jul 08 2014 06:10 PM | Jason in Carnival Cruise Line

Passengers and crew on the German cruise ship AIDAdiva witnessed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict first-hand on Monday evening. As the 2050-passenger ship left the port of Ashdod, Israel, rockets were firing and some shrapnel landed on the cruise ship'...

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