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September 8, 2016

  Today’s traveler is all about the experience, and many are looking for something beyond the old familiar hotel stay. If that’s you, and your travel plans take you anywhere near a good-sized body of water, you’ve got a major alternative available to you. Instead of sleeping a.../ ➝

April 2, 2016

The right choice of port to begin or end your cruise can give you two vacations for the time and cost of one. Even if you’ve never left sight of land in your life, you already know that all cruise ships are not created equal. Well, neither are all cruise ports. At some port cities, […].../ ➝

July 18, 2015

A Balearia ocean-going ferry operating in the Mediterranean. Carnival is the first US-based cruise line to win approval to sail to Havana, but any one of several sea-going ferries may beat them to the island. The race is on. Four years ago, I told you that “lifting the US trade embargo against.../ ➝

July 7, 2015

Washington gives approval to the world’s largest cruise line to begin sailings between Miami and Havana. Well, that didn’t take long, did it? It’s being announced today that the US Treasury and Commerce departments have given Carnival Cruise Lines the go-ahead to begin travel to Cu.../ ➝

March 27, 2015

If you’re want a hint at what cruise travel to Cuba might be like a few years from now, Royal Caribbean might give you a foretaste next year in Puerto Rico. You could call this “Go big and leave home.” Starting in 2016, two vessels of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis class — All.../ ➝

February 25, 2015

European river cruise giant Viking will begin cruises on the Mississippi in 2017, and their home port will be New Orleans. It’s a win for the cruise line, the city and for cruise travelers. IBIT readers have known for two years that Viking River Cruises, the biggest shot-caller in the river cr.../ ➝

November 12, 2014

Slideshow images courtesy of Amras Cruises Ocean cruise lines look for new seas to conquer with glitzy new ships, while the river cruise scene explodes across Europe and Asia. Who wins? You do. Cruise travel comes in many “flavors” — different sizes and styles of ships, different t.../ ➝

July 13, 2014

If you want to go big, luxury resorts, cruises and even flights will lavish you with all the creature comforts you can stand — for a price. Do you ever dream of seeing the world in style and comfort — especially comfort? Well, if you’re going to dream big travel dreams, you might a.../ ➝

April 23, 2014

As cruise ships grow ever larger and more complex, safety becomes even more paramount. Don’t take yours for granted. If you’ve ever taken a cruise, you know “the drill.” It used to be known as a lifeboat drill, later a safety drill. These days, cruise lines often call it a &#.../ ➝

April 14, 2014

[portfolio_slideshow id=419733] While the world’s largest river cruise outfit considers offering cruises on the largest US river, one small-ship operator is already doing it. Chicago to New Orleans, anyone? Last fall, I told you that Viking River Cruises was exploring the idea of offering crui.../ ➝