Cruise news & reviews, especially around the Caribbean

We’ve got cruise ships returning to New Orleans, but it sounds like the Sea of Cortez is an even better place for a cruise. The lucky authors saw hundreds of dolphins, sting rays, and a blue whale in one evening.

Regarding New Orleans, the first ship back will be the Norwegian Sun, an 853-foot Norwegian Cruise Lines vessel that can handle 2,000 passengers. Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fantasy, which sails on October 26, followed by Royal Caribbean International’s Grandeur of the Seas are next. They all tour the Caribbean. Speaking of the Caribbean, here’s an interesting interview – the author’s answers are interesting but a little salesperson-like. Naturally there’s a link for you to buy the book if you want…

Here’s an article about good and bad ports of call for your cruise, including Saint Marteen:

St. Maartens: A standard stop on eastern Caribbean cruises, the island is often overcrowded and repeat visitors struggle to find new things to do. The best advice: look for a boat trip leaving St. Maartens for an island like Anguilla or St. Barth’s.

The people who took this cruise were happy with the ports of call. They sounded pretty good to me too, especially the “Old Banana Train Adventure….experience the sights and eco-tourism of Costa Rica. We visited a working banana plantation before boarding the train. The train trip was relaxing as we enjoyed the lush, tropical sights of the coastline of Costa Rica.” By the way, am I the only one who’s never heard of MSC Cruises?

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  1. marilyn says:

    It isn’t just the Caribbean cruises that are over-whelming their ports of call. We just returned from the Jewel of the Seas’ Boston-Halifax cruise and found all the places of interest were knee deep in tourists., not to mention expense.

    In addison, there was way too much asking for tips over the normal 15% and way too many rules and requirments to be able to”get out there”. I felt positively “herded”.

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