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

Deal watch: Princess puts short cruises on sale

usatoday.com — Princess Cruises is out with yet another promotion, this time on short cruises. The Great Getaways Sale, as it's being called, brings savings of up to 35% off the fare for select sailings of up to six nights to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, West Coast of the USA and Eastern Canada.

Latest gee-whiz cruise ship offering: Take-out sushi

usatoday.com — Add takeout sushi to the list of the things you can get on a cruise ship. Cruise giant Royal Caribbean this month has added sushi-to-go carts on several of its ships with the concept scheduled to debut on more vessels in August.

Cruise lines cancel calls in Nice in wake of attack

usatoday.com — Two cruise lines have canceled calls in Nice this week in the wake of Thursday's terror attack in the heart of the city's tourist district. Royal Caribbean on Friday said its 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas would spend the day at sea instead of visiting Nice as planned.

Monaco's Princess Charlene names 'most luxurious cruise ship ever'

usatoday.com — MONACO -- It was a big day for cruise fans and royal watchers alike Wednesday in Monaco as the tiny country's Princess Charlene christened what's being billed as the most luxurious ship ever.

Could the next Regent ship end up in China?

usatoday.com — ABOARD THE SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER -- Could the next super-swanky ship from Regent Seven Seas Cruises be devoted to Chinese travelers? The CEO of the luxury line's parent company hinted at the possibility this week in an interview with USA TODAY.

Another cruise line, Oceania, could start Cuba voyages within months

usatoday.com — ABOARD THE SEVEN SEAS EXPLORER -- Oceania Cruises could launch its first Cuba voyages within months, the CEO of the line's parent company suggested Sunday. Speaking with cruise writers aboard a new Regent Seven Seas ship, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio said the company had received tentative approval to begin USA-to-Cuba sailings with Oceania's 684-passenger Regatta by the end of the year.

First look: The mind-blowing suites on 'most luxurious cruise ship ever'

usatoday.com — TOULON, France -- Just how over-the-top are the suites on luxury line Regent's new Seven Seas Explorer? See for yourself with a scroll through the carousel above. USA TODAY this week is among a handful of news outlets getting early access to the soon-to-be-christened vessel's accommodations, and we're posting our first photos here and at our Twitter page and Facebook page.

First look: Inside the 'most luxurious cruise ship ever'

usatoday.com — BARCELONA -- Just how swanky is luxury line Regent's new Seven Seas Explorer? See for yourself with a scroll through the carousel above. USA TODAY this week is among a handful of news outlets getting early access to the soon-to-be-christened, 750-passenger vessel, and we're posting our first photos here and at our Twitter page and Facebook page.

Norwegian Cruise Line fans cry foul over new beverage policy

usatoday.com — Not cool, Norwegian Cruise Line. That's the reaction this week from Norwegian fans to a new rule forbidding passengers from carrying any beverages onto the line's ship, even a single bottle of water. The policy has sparked a firestorm of complaints across social media and at cruise fan sites such as CruiseCritic.com.

Norwegian Cruise Line bans carry-on beverages

usatoday.com — Do you save money by bringing your own bottled water, soda and other drinks onto cruise ships? We've got some bad news -- at least if Norwegian is your line. Effective July 15, the Miami-based cruise operator will ban passengers from bringing their own beverages onto vessels in checked luggage or carry-on bags.
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Jul 16, 2016

BREAKING: @HALcruises' Eurodam will not call in #Istanbul next week as scheduled. Line was one of the few still visiting city. #TurkeyCoup


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