Cruising can be one of the most value-friendly vacations going. But how the heck do you choose from all the choices out there? Here are some resources (including non-traditional cruising, like freighters) and feedback.

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A wintertime cruise above Norway's Arctic CIrcle

We spent two nights were spent aboard the MS Nordkapp., a 590-passenger ship that´s one of the nine currently operated by the Hurtigruten line, which plies the Norwegian coast daily. These are mostly passenger cruise ships, but also serve the vital function of transporting locals and cargo between 34 towns along the coast, some of which are otherwise fairly isolated. And they´re comfortable but hardly luxurious, without most of the bells and whistles common across the cruise industry these…

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Capitals, castles and more on a Danube River cruise

  Grand Circle Travel “Now we’re heading toward Dürnstein, one of the loveliest towns in Austria,” the voice over loudspeaker of the M/V Adagio intoned. “Its buildings represent a number of architectural styles and so many artists have gathered at one spot to portray the magnificent surrounding landscape that it became known as the Painters’ Corner.” The fact is, though, that on the way to Dürnstein we sailed past lovely town after lovely town. As the vessel continued its journey on the…

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Cruise lines among 'Travel Companies Taking the Lead in Environmental Protection'

UnCruise Adventures Speaking of water, cruise lines have instituted a variety of measures to lessen their notorious environmental impact, lead by boutique small-vessel lines such as Amadeus River Cruises, Star Clippers sailing fleet, and Uniworld river cruises but also including initiatives by the cruise giants. Among them, new ships employ state-of-the-art waste management systems which shred trash, compact glass and metal as well as incinerate paper and plastic. One leader in this area is…

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Cruising Brazil's Amazon: not your typical tourist destination

  Amazon Nature Tours   I am a hiker. But at home no one uses a machete to blaze the trail prior to walking on it as did our guide Souza, creating a path in the overgrown rainforest step by step. Slicing, swatting, swooping, chopping, no branch, bush, vine or twig was safe. The hike was one of four daily activities during our eight-day adventure exploring Brazil's Amazonia. Calling the Tucano, an 18-passenger river yacht operated by Amazon Nature Tours home, we traveled over 200 miles along the…

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  • Apart from the fact that I´m just not a fan of the cruise ship experience, I´ve often wondered about this, and recently Time magazine took a look at the issue: https://time.com/6285915/cruise-industry-climate-action-emissions-p...
    Can Cruises Become Climate Change Friendly?
    The cruise industry has an enormous environmental footprint. But customers don't seem concerned about climate change.
  • Wondering which are the best cruise ships sailing out there right now? Check out Condé Nast Travelers Gold List 2023: https://www.cntraveler.com/gallery/best-cruise-ships-gold-list
    The Best Cruise Ships in the World: The Gold List 2023
    Our global editors—based in seven cities across three continents—share their favorite places to stay and cruises to take.
  • Having visited Barcelona several times in the past several years, I can attest that day trippers have been flooding its tourist-popular areas. And recently the city has been taking measures to address this, aiming to cut the number in half: https://inews.co.uk/news/world/barcelona-cracking-down-cruise-ship-...
    https://inews.co.uk/news/world/barcelona-cracking-down-cruise-ship-tourists-2241828
  • Ever wonder how much cash you might want to bring on a cruise? The Aussie travel site Escape.com.au just looked into it: https://www.escape.com.au/experiences/cruises/how-much-cash-should-...
  • Welp, seems like luxury hospitality brands like Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton are now offering private yacht cruising. Makes sense, I guess?
    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/branded-luxury-yachts-frontier-high...
    Are Branded Luxury Yachts the New Frontier of High-End Travel?
    The Four Seasons brand is out to conquer the seas. And it may have some competition.
  • Too many Caribbean islands succumb to the allure of cruise tourism, but Anguilla is a notable standout, citing its negative environmental impact. Of course, it's easier for them, since they make more from their exclusive, high-end brand of tourism. But commendable nonetheless! https://www.express.co.uk/travel/cruise/1669741/caribbean-cruise-sh...
    Stunning Caribbean island bans cruise ships - 'Not debatable'
    A CARIBBEAN island has said that cruise tourism is not worth the environmental impact. The Government has said it doesn't want to encourage cruise sh…
  • I confess, cruising has never been a favorite of mine for various reasons, but this one is an ethical biggie: it's probably the single most polluting travel sector there is - for example, a huge order of magnitude more than trains. Check it out: https://moneytransfers.com/travel-money/most-polluting-ways-to-travel
    Revealed: Summer Cruises Increase your CO2 Emission by 4700% per KM vs Train Travel | MoneyTransfer…
    Revealed: Summer Cruises Increase your CO2 Emission by 4700% per KM vs Train Travel Travelling by cruise ship rather than train this summer could inc…
  • Over the years there has of course been unending debate about the nexus of politics and travel, but never in memory has there been such a drastic and sudden realignment of the travel industry as what is going on today with regard to Russia as fallout from its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, cruise line cancellation of St. Petersburg port calls as well as river cruises on the Volga and Dnieper rivers. More details at https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/article/more-cruise-lines-cancel-r...
    More cruise lines cancel Russia calls in wake of Ukraine invasion
    Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises have joined the growing number of cruise lines canceling Russia calls in the wake of the cou…
  • Spending our last day on our Bahamian cruise bar hopping in Nassau. It's the Nassau pub crawltoday at The World on Wheels.
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  • A less than stellar cruise ends with a less than stellar port call in Nassau. Find out the details at The World on Wheels.
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