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

New Carnival route: Los Angeles to Alaska and back — Cruise giant Carnival has announced plans for a voyage from the Los Angeles area to Alaska and back -- a first for the line. The Miami-based cruise operator says the 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle will depart Long Beach, Calif. on Sept.

It's back! Royal Caribbean sets another Zumba cruise — The cruise where you spend your days doing dance-infused workouts is back. Global fitness company Zumba has announced it's teaming with Royal Caribbean to hold a second official Zumba Cruise in early 2017.

Experience family fun on Disney's new river cruise — BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- A medieval fair of sorts is underway as Danube River cruiser Christine Laronga, 53, and her two teenage girls arrive under the ramparts of Devin Castle. In one corner, a traditionally-garbed maiden demonstrates candle making to a cluster of families, while a few steps away two blue-robed peasants offer lessons in calligraphy and coin making.

Photo tour: Inside the new river ship making Disney magic — Thinking about bringing the kids on your next river cruise? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at AmaViola, the new, built-for-families vessel that family vacation giant Disney has chartered for its first river trips.

Disney's 'Frozen' to be musical on cruise ship — It's official: Disney's animated hit Frozen soon will debut as a musical on the high seas. Disney on Wednesday announced the cinematic blockbuster would be turned into a stage show to play in the 977-seat theater aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Wonder.

Photo tour: Inside the yacht that carried a queen

Exclusive tour: Inside the most luxurious suite at sea — Norwegian Cruise Line spared no expense with its brand new Regent Suite aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. The stunning suite includes a custom Steinway piano, heated chaise lounges in a private sauna, and a $150,000 bed. USA TODAY Just how over-the-top is the Regent Suite on luxury line Regent's new Seven Seas Explorer?

Deal watch: Princess puts short cruises on sale — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Aug 12, 2016

Swimsuits and flipflops in the dining room? @ChrisCruises talks #cruise ship dress codes: 

Aug 10, 2016

Looks like a real @Starbucks, no? Sort of. No free refill, rewards as "we just license name." #BadCustomerExperience

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