Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam Cruising the Giudecca Canal in Venice Italy

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
The Holland America Line cruise ship ms Nieuw Amsterdam sails the Giudecca Canal by the Hilton Molino Stucky in Venice Italy on July 27, 2015. Photo credit: Idan Rotem.

Ah, Venice. Delicious Italian food, romantic gondola rides through the canals that take the place of roadways, magnificent palaces that seem to float on water… and cruise ships. A friend of mine, Dan from King Webmaster, is vacationing in Italy with his lovely wife. They were enjoying dinner al fresco at the Hilton Molino Stucky […]

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Cruise Line Single Supplements and Staterooms for Solo Travelers

Posted on July 17, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Studio stateroom on Norwegian Epic

For as much as I love cruising there is one thing I hate about it, and it has nothing to do with the vacation experience. It’s the dreaded “single supplement.” Eligible bachelors, like me, and those who simply like to travel themselves are subject to paying up to two times the price of the cruise […]

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Half Moon Cay, Bahamas – An Island Paradise for Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Line Passengers.

Posted on July 14, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Scenes from around Holland America Line's private island, Half Moon Cay.

When it comes to cruising in the Caribbean, one of the most anticipated destinations by most cruisers isn’t a port call in San Juan, Saint Thomas or Jamacaia, but the cruise line’s private island. The major cruise lines that ply the crystal blue Caribbean water own or lease island paradises that their ships call on to […]

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“Hey Sam, This Isn’t Your Email Address.” Or, “Congrats to the Lucky Couple.”

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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For those that follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen my posts over the years about the emails I receive at my Gmail address that are intended for another “Sanfilippo.”  From car service reminders and requests for donations, to social invitations and airline reservations, I’ve been getting them for a while now and always wonder […]

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Virgin Cruises Announces 3 Ships with First Making PortMiami Home in 2020

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Let's Make Waves! Virgin Cruises to Launch with First Ship in 2020. (Photo credit: Virgin Cruises)

The cruise industry officially gained some competition this morning, as Virgin Cruises announced their first ship is coming in 2020. Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group announced in Miami that a letter of intent has been signed with shipbuilder Fincantieri to build the line’s first three ships. A letter of intent is […]

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Does Size Matter When it Comes to Cruise Ships?

Posted on June 18, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
Royal Caribbean’s newest and most technologically advanced ship Anthem of the Seas arrives in Southampton where she will be named on Tuesday. In addition to being served drinks by robot bartenders, guests will be able to drive dodgems, learn circus skills, dine in the 18 onboard restaurants and enjoy spectacular ocean views from 300ft above the sea in the North Star viewing pod.

Does size matter when it comes to cruising? The answer depends on who you ask. For many, large cruise ships such as Royal Caribbean‘s Allure of the Seas is just right, while others prefer the intimacy of a small ship such as the 490 passenger Seven Seas Navigator from Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Whatever your […]

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A Bon Voyage to the Cruise to Nowhere.

Posted on June 15, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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“I’ve never been on a cruise, do you think I’ll like it?” It’s a question I’m asked quite a bit and the answer I usually give is, “they’re not for everyone, but definitely worth trying!” For many the thought of spending a week on a ship is pure bliss, for others it could be the […]

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Carnival Cruise Line Changes Liquor and Alcohol Policy Banning BYOB

Posted on June 10, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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Whenever I’m boarding a cruise ship, there is one thing I always see that leaves me scratching my head. No it’s not the passengers who are unloading more suitcases for a seven day eastern Caribbean cruise than they would pack for six months in Rome. It’s the ones who are boarding with cases of water, […]

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“Norwegian Cruise Line’s Policy of No Takeaway Food Backfires.” Or, “The Customer Wins. Again.”

Posted on May 27, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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A cruise line CEO walks onto a ship… Yeah, there’s a joke there somewhere, but what happened when Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. President and CEO Frank DelRio stepped onboard one of his ships turned into a not-so-laughing matter for the company. Earlier this month, Norwegian made the stunning announcement that cruise passengers would not be allowed […]

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“Click it or Ticket.” Or, “I’ll Pay the Fine. Don’t Make me Wear a Seat Belt.”

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Scott Sanfilippo No Comments
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If I were a betting man I’d say I’d be writing a check to the City of Boca Raton by Friday. An alert friend of mine, who obviously has my best interests in mind, sent me a text message this morning directing me to the Boca Raton Police Department’s Facebook page where they posted information […]

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