Alerts about cruise news, reviews and deals plus general musings from USA TODAY Cruise Log blogger Gene Sloan

Photo tour: The luxury of a Crystal Cruises ship

experience.usatoday.com — Thinking about a luxury cruise for your next vacation? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at one of the most upscale and elegant vessels at sea: Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity. As can be seen in the tour, the 1,070-passenger ship boasts intimate restaurants and lounges, well-appointed cabins and a pampering spa, among other features.

Deal watch: Adventure cruises to Antarctica, Arctic on sale

usatoday.com — One of the leaders in cruises to Antarctica and the Arctic has kicked off a five-day sale on select voyages to the destinations as well as several others. Norway-based Hurtigruten is offering savings of up to 40% off brochure rates on a range of sailings to Antarctica, Spitsbergen, South America, Greenland and Iceland taking place in 2016 and 2017.

Deal watch: Viking offers savings for solo travelers

usatoday.com — Traveling solo in 2015? River line Viking is offering savings for single travelers on three of its most popular European itineraries. The line has reduced the "single supplement" that solo travelers normally have to pay to occupy a cabin designed for two on its Danube Waltz, Tulips & Windmills and Rhine Getaway sailings.
Feb 01, 2016

Most spectacular spas at sea? We say this one from @CunardLine is one. See our other picks: usat.ly/1SxiyDr pic.twitter.com/FxteW4jDqW

Feb 01, 2016

Most spectacular spas at sea? We say this one from @HALcruises is one. See our other picks: usat.ly/1SxiyDr pic.twitter.com/fmaiUgGkgS

Feb 02, 2016

Most spectacular spas at sea? We say this one from @CostaCruises is one. Our other picks: usat.ly/1SxiyDr pic.twitter.com/4vYeVnCkQs

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Azamara Club Cruises ship emerges from major makeover

usatoday.com — A new era for Azamara Club Cruises kicked off Thursday as one of its two ships emerged from an unprecedented, top-to-bottom makeover. The 686-passenger Azamara Journey boasts completely revamped cabins, upgraded eateries, an expanded spa, new shipwide WiFi and more after an extended stay in a dry dock in the Bahamas.

Cruise lines waive cancellation penalties as Zika spreads

usatoday.com — Cruise lines have begun waiving cancellation penalties for some customers booked on voyages to the Caribbean and other regions affected by the fast-spreading Zika virus. Industry giant Carnival says it will allow pregnant women on sailings that include stops in the U.S.
Jan 28, 2016

Cruise lines waive cancellation penalties for some customers as #Zika virus spreads: usat.ly/23w8O1p pic.twitter.com/WbsIor6u3d

Jan 28, 2016

Cruise lines waive cancellation penalties as Zika spreads usat.ly/1SMmph3

Jan 29, 2016

RT @usatodaytravel: Cruise lines join airlines in waiving cancellation fees to #ZikaVirus affected regions usat.ly/1Tqg5ex

Love bourbon? This new cruise is for you!

usatoday.com — The American Queen Steamboat Company is once again targeting bourbon lovers with a themed voyage through the heart of bourbon country. Kicking off in St. Louis on July 10, the eight-night Insider's Bourbon Trail sailing on the 436-passenger American Queen will feature a route up the Ohio River to the rolling bluegrass hills region of Kentucky where 95% of the world's bourbon is made.
Jan 27, 2016

A bourbon cruise? Steamboat will take bourbon lovers from St. Louis to Ky w/ Maker's Mark founder Bill Samuels: usat.ly/1SK36Fo

Exclusive: First look at Uniworld's new river ship in India

experience.usatoday.com — Looking for an off-the-beaten-path destination this year? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers an exclusive first look at river line Uniworld's new vessel on India's Ganges River, the Ganges Voyager II. Unveiled earlier this month, the 56-passenger ship is operating seven-night sailings out of Kolkata, India that feature stops at small villages and towns along the lower part of the river.

Norwegian Cruise Line to expand in Europe

Photo tour: The Italian flair of a Costa Cruises ship

experience.usatoday.com — Is a Costa Cruises ship right for you? Judge for yourself with a scroll through our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, which offers a deck-by-deck look at the Italy-based line's Costa Luminosa.

Sneak peek: The hottest new cruise ships of 2016

usatoday.com — Is bigger better when it comes to cruise ships? The industry sure seems to think so. Cruise giants Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Holland America each will unveil their largest vessels ever in 2016, and the year also will bring the biggest ships ever for luxury lines Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn (scroll through the carousel above for a sneak peek at the newcomers).
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Feb 04, 2016

Just posted @usatoday: A new, comprehensive guide to the hottest #cruise ships on order: usat.ly/1MjPLys pic.twitter.com/GAUtiFqy0O

Feb 03, 2016

Most spectacular spas at sea? We say this one from @OceaniaCruises is one. Our other picks: usat.ly/1SxiyDr pic.twitter.com/56Oyu7uvNL

Feb 02, 2016

Most spectacular spas at sea? We say this one from @VikingRiver is one. Our other picks: usat.ly/1SxiyDr pic.twitter.com/C0s5m4Ni6M

Feb 02, 2016

Most spectacular spas at sea? We say this one from @SeabournCruise is one. Our other picks: usat.ly/1SxiyDr pic.twitter.com/SZ2QQ1JVFM


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