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MSC Cruises Announces New Private Island In The Arabian Gulf

MSC Cruises, which continues to expand its private destination offerings, has announced another exclusive island destination, the Sir Bani Yas Island, located in the Arabian Gulf. Located just south of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island...

A Hope For The Return Of Cruising To Istanbul, Turkey

It’s a tough time for one of the world’s most amazing cities: another terror attack in the streets prompts travelers to quickly turn their backs and head elsewhere. Istanbul, and on a larger scale...

#MikeAtSea: First Impressions of Viking Star

Today, I embarked Viking Ocean’s new Viking Star in Istanbul, Turkey. I’ll be sailing aboard her for the next 10 days, calling in Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, and disembarking in Venice, Italy. Viking Star...

Holland America Line Cancels Noordam’s Israeli Ports Of Call

Due to increasing tension in the Middle East, especially along the eastern Mediterranean shores, Holland America Line has cancelled the Israeli city calls for the Noordam’s current voyage. Holland America Line cites a potential...

Middle East Protests & Violence Disrupt Cruise Itineraries – Updates

Due to the recent fatal attacks and protests at American embassies and military bases throughout the past week in the Middle East, many cruise lines have begun to alter their itineraries in the southern Meditarranean. Updated at 2:30pm on 9/15/12...