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

Sneak peek: Inside the new 'Frozen' show coming to the Disney Wonder — TORONTO -- What do you do when you're given the assignment of turning the highest-grossing animated movie of all time into a 55-minute cruise ship show? For starters, you trust your heart, says Sheryl Kaller, the Tony Award-nominated director tapped to transform Disney's Frozen into a musical for Disney Cruise Line's 1,754-passenger Disney Wonder.

Photo tour: Inside one of the most elegant river ships in France — Thinking about a river cruise on France's Rhone River? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at one of the most upscale vessels on the waterway, the recently revamped Scenic Sapphire.

Deal watch: Norwegian Cruise Line extends promotion — Norwegian Cruise Line has extended a promotion that brings free perks with new bookings. The Miami-based cruise operator says customers now have until Sept. 18 to get up to five value-added options that include an Unlimited Beverage Package, a Specialty Dining Package and prepaid service charges.

Two giant new ships on the way for Carnival — It's expansion time again for cruise giant Carnival. The Miami-based company on Tuesday announced it had ordered two giant new ships for delivery in 2020 and 2022, respectively. At 180,000 tons, the vessels will be about a third larger than the largest ships currently in the Carnival fleet.

Another Carnival ship to get major makeover — It's makeover time for one of cruise giant Carnival's oldest ships, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Imagination. Carnival on Thursday said the 21-year-old vessel will undergo a three-week overhaul in September that will bring an array of new venues that have been rolling out across the Carnival fleet.

Holland America pulls ship from Mediterranean amidst weak bookings — Add Holland America to the list of cruise lines cutting back on Mediterranean sailings amidst weak bookings. The Seattle-based line on Friday announced it had canceled plans to deploy the 1,848-passenger Oosterdam to the region for the summer of 2017, saying the ship instead would head to Alaska for the season.

Photo tour: The intimate cruise ship that just got a massive makeover — A new era for Azamara Club Cruises kicked off this year as both of its ships emerged from massive, top-to-bottom makeovers. Just how much was changed? See for yourself with a scroll through our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, which offers a look inside one of the revamped vessels, Azamara Quest.

Holland America is latest cruise line to drop Turkey — Add Holland America to the list of cruise lines that have canceled calls in Turkey for the rest of the year. The Seattle-based company says six Mediterranean voyages scheduled to take place in September and October no longer will include stops in the country.

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.
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Sep 02, 2016

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Sep 01, 2016

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