Cruise News for March – May, 2020

Last week when I looked at the site, I discovered some cruise lines were offering cruises for $25 per day per person. Today it has all changed. Due to the unpredictable environment surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, most of the major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and MSC will temporarily suspend sailing operations…

The New Viking Jupiter Ship

Last week, at the International Ballroom inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Viking Cruise Line invited 800 cruise and travel professions to the official naming of their newest Viking ocean ship, Viking Jupiter. It’s the sixth and latest elegant, state-of-the-art small class Viking ocean ship to sail with 930 guests. During the official naming of the beautiful ship…

The New Luxury Carnival Panorama debuts in Long Beach

Carnival Panorama was christened on December 10, 2019 in Long Beach by her godmother, Vanna White, the hostess of American game show Wheel of Fortune, along with the USC Marching Band, and top Carnival Cruise Line executives. Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line introduced the ship’s Captain Carlo Queirolo. He expertly sailed the newest…

Finding JOY on a NCL Cruise

I had no idea I would be so pampered in luxury on the revitalized Norwegian Joy during her inaugural sailing to Ensenada, Mexico. Once I presented my passport upon check in, I received a private key card to the Penthouse in The Haven Courtyard. This new, spacious and beautifully appointed concierge enclave offers the most…

Meeting Curtis Stone at SHARE

Australian Chef Curtis Stone’s is one of the most charismatic chefs I’ve ever met. His mega-watt smile, culinary talents and charm has landed him appearances on a number of top rated programs including Take Home Chef (TLC), Top Chef Masters (Bravo), and Food Network’s All-Star Academy. Chef Stone began his cooking career in his homeland of…

Princess Cruises Debuts a new Cocktail & Beverage Experience

When I learned Princess Cruises collaborated with actor, television personality and master mixologist Rob Floyd, to elevate the ships cocktail and beverage menus, I was so happy for this union. I’ve cruised on four Princess Cruises ships and have always enjoyed unpacking once while visiting multiple ports in Mexico, Alaska and the Caribbean. It’s one of the…

10 Reasons to take an luxury AmaWaterways Cruise

Last week I met with AmaWaterways co-founders Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner to learn more about their elegant European river cruises. While enjoying a three-course lunch at the new FARMHOUSE restaurant at the newly renovated Beverly Center, Karst remarked that Executive chef and farmer Nathan Peitso (second-generation farmer of Kenter Canyon Farm) menu was similar to…

Hong Kong’s New Cruise Port

Hong Kong has the new Kai Tak World Class Cruise Facility, making it a wonderful cruise port for many cruise lines. The Star Cruises’ largest Asian vessel, the SuperStar Virgo is based in Hong Hong and sails from the port to Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan, Sanya in Hainan, China, or Halong Bay in Vietnam….