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

New cruise line to offer 'social impact' vacations

wtsp.com — Would you take a cruise to help people in need? Industry giant Carnival Corp. is betting on it. The parent company of Carnival, Princess and Holland America today announced plans for a new cruise brand to debut in 2016 that will offer week-long "social impact" vacations to developing countries such as the Dominican Republic.

First look: The swanky spa planned for 'most luxurious ship ever'

thv11.com — A new cruise ship that's being billed as the most luxurious ever will feature a lavishly appointed spa operated by Canyon Ranch. The Deck 5 oasis on luxury line Regent Seven Seas' next vessel, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, will boast eight treatment rooms and a thermal suite with a state-of-the-art infrared sauna, aromatic steam room and a "cold room" maintained at 54 degrees, the line will reveal today.
May 27, 2015

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Actress Kristin Chenoweth christens giant cruise ship

usatoday.com — The most anticipated new cruise ship of the year, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, officially was named today in an upbeat ceremony in the New York area. Actress Kristin Chenoweth served as godmother for the 4,180-passenger vessel during the hour-long event, which took place at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J., where it'll be based through early May.
Nov 14, 2014

Now @usatoday: Actress Kristin Chenoweth christens giant mega-ship, #QuantumoftheSeas: usat.ly/1sPHHbQ

New giant cruise ship dazzles with innovations

usatoday.com — ABOARD THE QUANTUM OF THE SEAS -- Craig Harvey, 51, of Bradenton, Fla., says he would never think of jumping out of an airplane. But here he is on the back of Royal Caribbean's newest ship, all suited up in a special outfit, ready to give a different kind of skydiving a try.
Nov 14, 2014

Would you like to hang out on a ship with all these folks... New giant ship dazzles with innovations usat.ly/1ut6kjH via @usatoday

Nov 14, 2014

Just minutes to go until naming ceremony for most anticipated new ship of the year, #QuantumoftheSeas. usat.ly/1sMaTBf

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Latest gee-whiz cruise ship attraction: Skydiving

usatoday.com — ABOARD THE QUANTUM OF THE SEAS -- Rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, zip lines and now ... skydiving simulators. Passengers aboard the maiden voyage of Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas today began trying out the latest gee-whiz attraction to open on a cruise ship: A glass-enclosed wind tunnel that mimics the feel of skydiving.

Living large: New cruise ship's swanky mega-suites

usatoday.com — ABOARD QUANTUM OF THE SEAS -- Want to see how the other half lives when sailing the world's oceans? Take a cruise through the photos above and video below, which offer a first look at the mega-suites on Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas.
Nov 01, 2014

Just posted @usatoday: First look at #QuantumoftheSeas' swankiest megasuites, with dozens of photos, video: usat.ly/1wRiq4M

Nov 03, 2014

Get a look at the super-suites on the new Quantum of the Seas usat.ly/1wSMQEF @usatoday #cruise @RoyalCaribbean

Robot bartenders? This new cruise ship has them

usatoday.com — ABOARD QUANTUM OF THE SEAS -- Finally, a robot that does something useful. Cruise giant Royal Caribbean is making waves this weekend with a new bar that boasts robot bartenders -- a cruise industry first. Dubbed the Bionic Bar, the high-tech venue on the line's new Quantum of the Seas features two drink-slinging robotic arms that mix drinks to order.
Nov 01, 2014

Coolest bar at sea? We go in-depth on #QuantumoftheSeas' robot bar in new post (check out that video!): usat.ly/1sVyWg7

Nov 01, 2014

Now on @usatoday home front: New video of robot bartender at work on #QuantumoftheSeas (so cool!): usat.ly/1sVyWg7

Nov 02, 2014

Buzzing: Nearly 2,000 @usatoday readers already have liked our first look at #QuantumoftheSeas' robot bar! usat.ly/1sVyWg7

Exclusive: Inside the hottest new ride at sea

usatoday.com — SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Are you ready to soar hundreds of feet above the sea? Click on the carousel above for an exclusive first look at North Star -- the much-ballyhooed ride into the sky atop Royal Caribbean's new Quantum of the Seas.
Oct 30, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: First look at North Star ride on @royalcaribbean's Quantum of the Seas, live from the UK: usatoday.com/story/cruiselo…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @CruiseLog: EXCLUSIVE: First look at North Star ride on @royalcaribbean's Quantum of the Seas, live from the UK: usatoday.com/story/cruiselo…

Touring Europe in style on a luxury cruise ship

usatoday.com — What's it like touring the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. The final installment of our six-part video series on the recently revamped Seven Seas Mariner, in the carousel above, offers an insider's look at the experience of calling at ports such as Venice and Rome while sailing on the vessel.

Inside some of the most luxurious cruise ship suites

usatoday.com — What are rooms like on one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. Part 4 of our six-part video series on the recently revamped Seven Seas Mariner, in the carousel above, offers an insider's look at the wide range of accommodations on the world's first all-suite, all-balcony vessel.
Oct 27, 2014

Just posted @usatoday: An exclusive tour of some of the most luxurious cruise ship suites: usat.ly/ZT9DEH

Oct 27, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Like luxury (and who doesn't)? Take video peek of swanky suites on just-revamped cruise ship: usat.ly/1zzMZBD pic.twitter.com/ZHBNaHVg17

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Aug 03, 2015

RT @usatodaytravel: What was cruising like in the 1960s? See for yourself with a tour of @HALcruises' Rotterdam: usat.ly/1hfays9 pic.twitter.com/lAHkUASINU

Aug 03, 2015

Just posted at @usatoday: A nostalgic look back at one of the iconic liners of the 1960s era: usat.ly/1hfays9 pic.twitter.com/CoQ4nb44AE

Aug 03, 2015

RT @USATODAYeats: Kung Fu Panda: First a movie, now a cruise ship restaurant usat.ly/1I71Wwt via @CruiseLog

Jul 30, 2015

Christmas market cruises in the USA? This @CruiseAQSC paddle wheeler soon will offer them: usat.ly/1IaYG0S pic.twitter.com/AMeSj1MUpl

Jul 30, 2015

RT @usatodaytravel: Christmas market cruises, long popular in Europe, coming to Mississippi River usat.ly/1Ddbxmo pic.twitter.com/WCOdUj84Jj

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