MIAMI (AP) — The Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to Cuba will sting the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical...
HAVANA (AP) — Drivers of classic cars, restaurateurs, tour guides and owners of bed-and-breakfasts are all saying the Trump administration's new restrictions on U.S travel to Cuba will be a severe...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to...
Campaign planned to attract cruise ships to Great Lakes
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A coalition of government and business groups is kicking off a campaign to attract cruise ships to the Great Lakes.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials are scheduled to attend an announcement of the "Cruise the Great Lakes" initiative Thursday on Mackinac Island.
The announcement will coincide with a port of call by Victory 1, a cruise line ship that regularly tours the Great Lakes.
When you book flights online, you're typically prompted to buy travel insurance. Same with cruises and tours.
Should you buy the insurance? What will it cover? Equally important, what won't it cover, and when might it not be worth your while?
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Economic developers in North Carolina say Norwegian Cruise Lines is creating a work-from-home agent cluster which could create as many as 200 full-time jobs.
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Residents concerned over the growth of cruise tourism in Maine have allowed their town to purchase a vacant ferry terminal.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Bar Harbor residents voted 1,380 to 213 to approve the town's $3.5 million purchase of the 4.5 acre property from the State Department of Transportation.
When it comes time to decide where to take a trip, there are plenty of places to choose from both close to home and afar. Making it all the more complicated when planning is the plethora of options for travel, accommodations, food, experiences and much more.
The costs can pile up, and suddenly the burden of the financial baggage of a vacation becomes more than what the family plans to carry along in their luggage.
Caribbean cruises retained the top spot in a ranking of international vacation destinations for 2018, according to a new survey of travel professionals.
Travel Leaders Group polled 1,355 of its North American-based travel agency owners, managers and frontline agents for its authoritative 2018 Travel Trends Survey.
The top two international destinations are unchanged from 2017 — a cruise to the Caribbean and Cancun, Mexico.
They were followed by European river cruises and Mediterranean cruises.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The mission to bring more tourists to the Island by attracting the cruise ship industry is on a roll.
A report issued by SPI Cruise Group says the Island’s suitability as a Port of Call is right on target.
Their analysis finds the Island is well-positioned to be the first new U.S. port of call in a half-century.
“We have obviously hit some kind of nerve with the cruiseliners,” SPI Mayor Dennis Stahl said.
Experts talk about cruising: Trends, issues and tips
MIAMI (AP) — What are the latest cruise trends? Should consumers worry about Caribbean cruises after last year's hurricanes? Do cruises still battle the perception that cruising is for the "overfed, the newlywed and the nearly dead"?
Episode 39: Cruises, part 2: Trends, insider tips and issues
Thinking about taking a cruise? Give a listen as experts discuss trends, issues and insider tips.
A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — What's new in cruising for 2018? As usual, there's lots of razzle-dazzle — laser tag, water slides, zip lines and massive LED screens — along with a continued emphasis on healthy lifestyle options, from dining to fitness.
But there are also changes underway in ship design, itineraries and who's cruising.
Boom in small ship cruising: ‘It’s not about the slides’
NEW YORK (AP) — Cruise ships carrying thousands of people have gotten all the headlines in cruising in recent years. But there's also been a boom in small ships, river cruises and what's known as expedition cruising on ships designed to sail in places like the polar regions.
On a monthlong cruise of Africa, a gambol in Gambia
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — I stood with three friends on a beach littered with dead fish, cigarette butts, the leavings of lunch and empty soda cans. We were in Banjul, Gambia, and about to set off on an adventure to Jinack Island.
Our pirogue — a large dugout with a muscular motor — awaited us just offshore, bobbing in the Gambia River with a herd of other colorful boats filled with furniture, groceries and people.
Thinking about trying a cruise? Advice for first-timers
ABOARD CELEBRITY EQUINOX (AP) — Honeymooners Zach and Alyssa Bynum of Louisville, Kentucky, had never been on an ocean cruise until last summer when they sailed aboard Celebrity Equinox.
They were immediately enamored with this shiny ship and impressed by the overall experience. They likely will cruise again.
"We enjoyed the atmosphere and experience, including the excursions and onboard activities," said Zach Bynum. "We have definitely talked about doing another."
Indiana city approves Lake Michigan cruise ship
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — City officials in northwest Indiana have approved plans for a cruise ship that would take fun-seekers out along the Lake Michigan coastline.
The Michigan City Port Authority voted to allow a tour ship to operate out of the Washington Park Marina on the Lake Michigan shore, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported
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Episode 38: Cruises: Trends, insider tips and issues
It's wave season, that time of year when cruise lines offer deals and promotions, and travelers look ahead to planning future cruise vacations.
Jay Lewis is president of Miami, Fla.-based MarketScope Inc., who recently formed SPI Cruise Group with other travel industry experts for the purpose of developing the Island as a port-of-call for cruise lines.
More than 200 people sickened onboard Ovation of Seas cruise
More than 200 people became sick and five were hospitalized in Australia after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness aboard a cruise ship earlier this month.
MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic
MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.
The ship was just launched off the coast of Trieste, Italy, and is heading to Miami for a Dec. 21 christening before starting sailings to the Caribbean. It features an interactive aquapark, an open-air promenade and beach-like condos.
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(BPT) - Contrary to what some may think, the hurricanes in September had little to no impact on the vast majority of the Caribbean — a far-reaching region covering more than 1 million square miles.
In fact, of the nearly 100 ports in the Caribbean, almost 90 percent are open and fully operational — and welcoming thousands of cruise ship passengers every day.
We had been standing in line at the cruise terminal for nearly two hours. I had eaten my way through my protein-bar stash, and my shoulders were aching from the weight of my backpack. “Why are we doing this again?” I asked my husband, Mike.
“Don’t look at me,” he replied, looking up from the book he was trying to read over the din of 2,400 fellow passengers. “You’re the one who wanted to see the fjords.”
PBS airing film on Mark Twain’s trip aboard 1st cruise ship
NEW YORK (AP) — When the steamship considered the first cruise ship to originate in America left its New York City pier 150 years ago, the passenger list included a little-known California newspaperman writing under the pen name Mark Twain.
On the 33-foot Sea Ray cruiser named My Circus, Cherié and Doug Hockenberger offer cruises four to five times a week.
Their summer nights are shoreline trips along Stearns Park beach and the Big Sable Point Lighthouse, and now the Hockenbergers offer the cruises to the community through their new business, Shore Thing Cruises, which aims at giving vacationers and locals a chance to see the Lake Michigan shoreline, the North Breakwater Lighthouse and the SS Badger.
Past success aside, there isn't much to suggest that Chris Froome will cruise to a fourth Tour de France title in five years when the race begins in Duesseldorf, Germany, on Saturday.
For the first time since Froome began dominating four years ago, the Team Sky rider enters cycling's showpiece event without having won a single warm-up race — or even a stage for that matter.
With neither a long time trial nor many mountain-top finishes, the course doesn't suit his strengths.
With destinations as varied as the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Australia/New Zealand, European waterways and, increasingly, Alaska, more Americans are setting sail on cruise vacations in 2017.
Lagerfeld time travels for stunning Chanel Cruise show
Alaska cruises account for half of the state's tourism revenues, and with cruise lines adding to their inventories this season, the state is looking forward to a record-breaking year of visitors.
Additionally, Alaska is looking for a near perfect-storm convergence of key anniversaries — as described by Travel Age West publication — to spark additional interest in travel to the state.
Music-themed cruises are nothing new, but DJ Khaled headlining a cruise to the Caribbean? That could make waves.
"They don't want us to be on a cruise — so we are going on the most major cruise the world has ever seen — hosted by me and my roster of superstar friends," DJ Khaled said in a statement, echoing his trademark Snapchat phrase, "They don't want us ..."
Danube River Sensations: Pedaling from river cruise ships to cafes to castles
Luxury ocean liners have long been the hot ticket, but what floats my boat is a river cruise that meanders through scenic, historic, culturally rich towns.
Many modern river cruises have advantages over ocean liners, such as diverse shore excursions covered in their all-inclusive rates and more time for local immersion.
Walker’s evangelical Alaskan cruise canceled
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Alaskan cruise with evangelical Christians that Gov. Scott Walker promised would be a "once-in-a-lifetime" experience has been canceled.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wednesday (http://bit.ly/2lFHM9l ) that Walker's spokesman Tom Evenson confirmed the August cruise had been called off "due to scheduling issues."
Oprah plans cruise in Alaska in Holland America partnership
Oprah Winfrey will take a cruise this summer in a place she's never been before: Alaska.
The trip launches a partnership between O, The Oprah Magazine, and Holland America Line, according to an announcement Thursday by the cruise company and Hearst magazines.
Walker plans “transformative” evangelical Alaskan cruise
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is inviting people to join him and evangelical Christian leaders on what he's calling a "transformative" and "once-in-a-lifetime" cruise to Alaska.
The tour run by Inspiration Cruises and Tours runs from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19 and costs between about $1,300 and nearly $3,400. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on the trip Monday.
Cruise news for 2017: Alaska boom, more in-depth experiences
NEW YORK (AP) — A demand for more in-depth experiences — from learning how to scuba dive to dining in a private home in port — are shaping what's new in the cruise industry this year. Other cruise news: a boom in Alaska trips, a few precious sailings to Cuba and potentially game-changing new technology.
How 2 cruise fanatics cut costs and save time
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After spending two consecutive, glorious winters in the desert and mountains of arid Arizona, my wife Gina and I decided to weather the third winter of our retirement in sunny Florida, and for good reason: Lots of cruise ships are based in the Sunshine State.
In the wake of Viking explorers, a North Atlantic cruise
ABOARD THE VIKING STAR (AP) — Looking out over the sea, you can almost see the Viking longboat at sail, far off in the distance. Or that may just be your imagination, teased by the whitecaps and swells, as you trace the route taken a millennium ago by so many intrepid seafarers.
Florida airport victims: World travelers, a social butterfly
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At least four of the five people killed in the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting were on vacation, headed for cruises that promised sun, sand and fun. They were collecting their luggage when a gunman opened fired in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 at the airport — a hub for cruisers headed to Port Everglades.
Eagle tours, cruises offered at Lake Between the Lakes
GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Eagle viewing tours and cruises are being offered over the next couple of months at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.
The park says winter is peak season for watching the birds of prey, as visitors can see eagles that live at Land Between the Lakes year-round and those that are visiting the area.
How pioneer of modern cruising became underdog, leader again
MIAMI (AP) — Starting the cruise industry was the easy part. But staying on top? That's where the waters get murky, Norwegian Cruise Line will tell you.
Depending on the decade, Norwegian has either been coming up with concepts so innovative that it redefined the cruise industry, or sailing through a minefield of disaster. There rarely has been an in between.
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean get approval for Cuba cruises
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruises on Wednesday announced that they have received permission from the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings plans sailings on ships from two of its brands, Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania. Both ships will include port calls in Havana as part of longer Caribbean itineraries. The Marina will sail from Miami on March 7 and Norwegian Sky will begin overnighting in Havana in spring 2017.
Carnival Vista named year’s best new ship by Cruise Critic
Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship Carnival Vista was named the year's best new ship while Seattle was named best U.S. homeport in Cruise Critic's annual awards, announced Wednesday.
Cruise Critic praised Seattle for its many attractions and new light rail system, which makes it easy for visitors to get around.
Carnival Corp. launching 3 TV shows about vacations, travel
NEW YORK (AP) — Carnival Corp. is launching three TV programs about travel, vacations and cruising that will air on ABC, NBC and The CW networks beginning Oct. 1.
The three half-hour series will air on Saturday mornings, the company said Monday. Each show will have its own real-life narrative exploring seaside destinations, in-port adventures or the vacation experiences of real travelers.