Rüdesheim Christmas market

There’s nothing quite like seeing a river up close – especially one as powerful and as full of legend as the Rhine. Admittedly, our initial contact was brief – a 10-minute journey by car barge from the riverbank town of Bingen across to the other side and the twinkling...

Rhine River Cruise Basics

One of the world’s most popular river cruising destinations is the mighty Rhine, which gets its name from the Celtic word renos (“raging flood”). But Europe’s longest and most important river begins as a trickle of melted snow from the Rheinwaldhorn Glacier high in the Swiss Alps. It first...

Viking Ocean Cruise Experiences

A small sample of some of the many amazing experiences that await on a Viking Cruise. An Evening at the Hammam – Istanbul, Turkey A Relaxing and Cleansing Trip to a Traditional Turkish Bath After an exciting day in Istanbul, why not relax like a local and enjoy a traditional...

Debunking the Singles Cruise Myths

Singles who love to travel may have heard a few things about singles-oriented vacations and group singles cruise, but most of them probably don’t really know what to expect. Many people share common misperceptions about singles cruises that stop them from venturing onboard and experiencing a fun vacation. Some...

10 Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers

First things first: There’s no need to pity those who make the choice to cruise alone. The liberation of a solo cruise, of not having to be responsible for anyone’s pleasure but your own, allows you to appreciate the experience on an entirely different level than when you’re with...

Travel agents know the best cruise secrets

On the big MSC Divina, my balcony cabin at the aft end provided a rare sense of privacy and easy access during a week’s winter voyage in the Caribbean from Miami. Four cabins away from mine was a door that led to a little-used outside stairway which became my...

Solo Cruising Basics

In many ways, cruising is an ideal getaway for solo travelers. Several cruise lines welcome singles with receptions that allow them to meet other solo passengers, usually held early on in the cruise. Some even have “gentlemen” dance hosts onboard so women traveling alone don’t feel like wallflowers when...

Why Cruise Japan with Princess?

Book your next vacation on the first premium cruise line dedicated to the magical region of Japan. Join fellow passengers for special onboard programs and shore excursions that showcase Japan’s colorful culture, cuisine, art and history, fully immersing you in the spirit of this amazing island nation. UNESCO World...

New Ports in the Mediterranean

Been there, done that? This year and next, luxury cruise and upper-premium ships will make “maiden” calls at ancient ports steeped in Venetian, Minoan, Greek and Roman history. Others will sail into harbors they’ve only visited sporadically in the past.