Claire and Stanley Keyles planned a dream vacation for June 2020. They would fly to Italy and take an 8-day Viking River Cruise called “Italian Sojourn,” which would travel around Italy’s boot from Civitavecchia to Venice. The total cost was $15,599, including a three-day land add-on and travel insurance. But […]

John and Laurie Miller pose outside of their home in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, March 10, 2021. The Millers were passengers on the Grand Princess cruise ship, which had captured the world’s attention in 2020 when it became clear the coronavirus pandemic had arrived at U.S. shores on board the […]

By Sally French After all these stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions, you’re itching to get out on the vast, open ocean. You’re ready to see multiple countries — but only want to unpack once. You’re yearning for the all-you-can-eat popcorn on the pool deck. But you’re also skeptical of when […]

Snowmobile with the sami Hop on a snowmobile with Hurtigruten for an adventure at Norway’s most northern tip, with the vehicles departing from the fishing village of Kjollefjord. You’ll drive into the polar night wrapped up in warm, windproof overalls and wearing a helmet. Along the way, your guides will […]

After all these stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions, you’re itching to get out on the vast, open ocean. You’re ready to see multiple countries — but only want to unpack once. You’re yearning for the all-you-can-eat popcorn on the pool deck. But you’re also skeptical of when you’ll actually be […]

Next month will mark a year since the global cruise industry shuddered to a halt as coronavirus spread. Despite some hope that holidays at sea would return in a meaningful way, ships remain largely free from passengers, with only river cruising in Europe mounting a significant comeback in 2020. But […]

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Rollercoaster on the Mardi Gras It has the world’s first rollercoaster at sea, a micro-brewery, restaurants from celebrity chefs and sports figures, and, in a sign of the times, a massive medical facility. The Mardi Gras – Carnival’s newest and most extravagant ship – also features a water park, a […]

A masked Tom Cruise on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” during October filming in Rome. ( Marco Ravagli / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Someone recently recorded Tom Cruise having a full-blown meltdown about crew members who were caught violating social distancing protocols on the set of “Mission: Impossible […]

For Stuart Leven, Royal Caribbean Group’s vice-president of government relations, a key takeaway from the summer summit was “never send anything to the government unless it’s got a pretty picture and an arrow on it. Don’t expect for one second they know everything about our industry.” Marella Cruises managing director, […]

It’s been more than eight months – eight long months – since the first cruise companies suspended sailings in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic. Others followed like dominoes and, aside from a handful of exceptions, have remained in limbo while clinging on to hopes of a slow return […]

A ship is the largest human construction capable of moving across the globe. Not surprising then that putting a cruise ship together is a tour de force of structural engineering. There are only four shipyards with the capability to build the world’s biggest cruise ships: Germany’s Meyer Werft; STX Europe, […]