Where's a jaded cruiser to go? According to Costa, the next cruising hotspot is the Middle East. The Italian cruise line is the first international company to make Dubai a homeport....read more»

You all know of the Freedom of the Seas and the Liberty of Seas. But you may not know that these two ships have a third sister arriving in May 2008. Royal Caribbean recently announced that this new Freedom-class ship will be named the Independence of the Seas....read more»

Most luxury cruise lines are not nearly as family-friendly as their mainstream counterparts. Crystal Cruises is attempting to become the exception to this rule. The luxury line is adding a "Family Reunion Cruises" section to its website to demonstrate how family members of all ages can enjoy a Crystal cruise....read more»

The holiday season may be upon us, but the folks at Carnival are still hard at work. On Monday, the cruise line announced its intention to build a new ship. Today, Carnival has put three- to five-night cruises on sale....read more»

This weekend, I was invited to attend the christening ceremony for Norwegian's newest ship, the Norwegian Pearl. I was able to explore the ship and pick up the latest news on NCL America's Hawaii itineraries....read more»

Celebrity is to Celebrity Expeditions as large-ship luxury is to small-ship adventure. Celebrity's lesser known Expeditions fleet currently consists of one ship, Celebrity Xpedition, which sails in the Galapagos. Next year, Celebrity has announced, two new ships will join the fleet....read more»

Travelers who prefer their cruises to come in small, intimate sizes have a new ally. A new website, run by the Niche Cruise Marketing Alliance, recently came online to promote this segment of the cruise industry....read more»

Just when you thought that 100-night world cruises were the hottest vacation at sea, Carnival announces that you've got it backwards. Short cruises are in. To pounce on this trend, Carnival will offer 32 short itineraries in 2007. Half of its fleet will sail two- to five-night cruises out of 12 homeports....read more»

If your winter cold looks more like a gastrointestinal virus, please don't take it with you on your cruise vacation. Sadly, some Royal Caribbean and Princess passengers or crew members didn't follow this advice. Both cruise lines experienced recent norovirus outbreaks....read more»

One year from today, on December 11, 2007, Cunard will debut its newest ship, the Queen Victoria. If you want to sail on this luxury ocean liner, book soon—her first and second voyages are already sold out....read more»

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