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

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.

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.

Escaping to Bimini on the new Bimini SuperFast

usatoday.com — ABOARD THE BIMINI SUPERFAST -- It doesn't take long for the party to get started on the Bimini SuperFast. Even before the 1,500-passenger fast ferry sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, the music is blasting up at Club 360 -- the open-air dance floor and lounge at the top of the vessel.

Cruise insider: Entertainment pizzazz on a Regent ship

usatoday.com — What's entertainment 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 3 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 entertainment offerings on the vessel, from Las Vegas-style production shows to musical trios to nightly piano music in lounges.

Cruise insider: The elegance of dining on a Regent ship

usatoday.com — What's it like to dine 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 2 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 gourmet eateries on the vessel.

Cruise insider: The luxury of a Regent Seven Seas ship

usatoday.com — What's it like sailing on one of the world's most luxurious cruise ships? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub. USA TODAY Travel in recent weeks received special access to luxury line Regent Seven Seas' all-suite Seven Seas Mariner, which recently emerged from a major makeover, and we'll be rolling out a six-part video series on the vessel over the next few days.

Deal watch: Buy one cruise, get another free

usatoday.com — MSC Cruises is out with an unusual offer that brings two cruises for the price of one. The Europe-based line says customers who book an all-inclusive package for a Europe voyage on the 3,502-passenger MSC Divina by the end of October can take a second cruise on the ship while it's in the Caribbean for free.

Worker who may have handled Ebola specimen on cruise

wusa9.com — (USA TODAY) -- A health care worker who may have handled a specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Industry giant Carnival says the U.S.

Worker who may have handled Ebola specimen goes on cruise

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- A health care worker who may have handled a specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Industry giant Carnival says the U.S.
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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 29, 2014

RT @CaptGreybeard: Nightmare for Germany's "Dream Ship" - operators of Deutschland file for bankruptcy #cruise

Oct 29, 2014

RT @PortholeCruise: What are your fave ways to say "Happy Halloween"... on a #cruise? Here are 5 of ours, with @DisneyCruise ! preview.tinyurl.com/oy9ellw

Oct 29, 2014

Buzzing: More than 1,000 @usatoday readers already have liked our exclusive tour of @regentcruises Mariner on FB: usat.ly/1nyYFza

Oct 29, 2014

RT @SagaHolidaysUK: We’re with the Executive Chef in the galley on Saga Sapphire about to pose your questions. Keep an eye out for the answers #askthechef

Oct 27, 2014

RT @SeatradeInsider: #QuantumoftheSeas terminal at Bayonne's Cape Liberty is inaugurated, to receive ship on Nov 10 tinyurl.com/nk472yy

Oct 27, 2014

RT @usatodaytravel: See new corners of the Caribbean on these 10 off-the-beaten-path cruises: usat.ly/1zzZj4S pic.twitter.com/0ooEpfX0TZ

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