Adventure Beyond the Beach: Top Caribbean Cruise Hikes

You squint at the sun bouncing off turquoise waters and consider using the tiny umbrella in your cocktail as a shield from all the shimmering beauty. It’s almost too much splendor to process in your blissed-out, lounge-chaired state.

Paradise is found on the Caribbean’s hidden beaches; in rum-soaked drops of sweet, fruity goodness; and in lazy days spent with those you love most. The Caribbean knows how to deliver a carefree vacation like this. Again and again, we return to her laid-back yet . . .  READ MORE


Guest Mixologist Jonathan Pogash Returns with a Special Request

From the top-floor Starlight Room of San Francisco’s Sir Francis Drake Hotel to the swanky bars and lounges of Crystal ships, the Cable Car cocktail has traveled the world, delighting all who sip from its sugar-rimmed glass. Master mixologist Tony About-Ganim originally created this San Francisco twist on the classic Sidecar in 1996 as the signature cocktail for the Starlight Room, its name a geographic nod to the City by the Bay. . . .  READ MORE

A Message from Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC

I have been hesitant to join in with the many executives who have issued communiques, knowing that any words are far too inadequate in the face of the events that have occurred in the U.S. over the past several days.

We have painfully witnessed the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others, followed by frustrated, passionate protestors exercising their rights of freedom of speech, unfortunately followed by vandalism and looting perpetrated by a few — all in the . . .  READ MORE

Tips for Motorists to Save Money at the Pump

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Tips for Motorists to Save Money at the Pump

Forecasters say the price of gasoline likely will set records throughout this busy driving season, which certainly will shrink many a bank account. Is there anything a motorist can do?

According to the professionals at the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), changing a few driving habits and paying attention to routine vehicle maintenance will help. They offer the following tips on how to squeeze . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line Says “Hvala” to Dubrovnik

Carnival Cruise Line issued a big “hvala” (thank you) to Dubrovnik, Croatia today, after an extraordinary effort resulted in the repatriation of nearly 3,000 Carnival team members through the Port of Dubrovnik last week.

The cruise industry really does bring the citizens of the world together and Carnival proudly boasts 110 nationalities amongst its onboard team. That can make things complicated in this current situation as the world’s largest cruise line works to repatriate more than 26,000 . . .  READ MORE


This Thirsty Thursday, Chef Jon Ashton and Crystal Barkeepers Share Their Favorite Twists

It seems so simple. The Caipirinha, a classic South American cocktail (the national cocktail of Brazil, in fact), is simply a blend of cachaça, sugar, lime or lemon juice and crushed ice. And yet, as our Crystal Serenity barkeepers demonstrate in the video below, it’s open to interpretation and whichever flavor twists you fancy. This Thirsty Thursday, [email protected] presents several takes on this . . .  READ MORE

Helpful Hints For The Best Traveling Experience (3)

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Helpful Hints For The Best Traveling Experience

Because of all the steps involved in planning and executing a trip, opportunities for setbacks and frustration abound. However, by planning ahead, you can eliminate your frustrations and sail through your next trip with ease. Just follow the smart travel tips given in this article for a headache-free trip.

Use social media as a tool to help you discover all the hidden gems in the city that you are traveling to. Asking your . . .  READ MORE

Holland America Line Crew Repatriation Plan

With the continued pause in travel, Holland America Line remains focused on safely returning crew members to their home countries.

We have been diligently working to repatriate our crew to their families and loved ones, but given country closures, port closure and travel restrictions this process has evolved into a more challenging and complex endeavor in recent weeks.

Holland America Line has remained persistent, and we have successfully repatriated a couple thousand crew in collaboration with . . .  READ MORE



Part of what makes Europe so magical is that it’s never the same experience twice, especially from one season to the next. For instance, you can travel to St. Tropez in July or August when the beaches and the people are at their most glamorous, or you can go one month later when the weather is a bit milder, the atmosphere is quieter and the first rosé of the season is . . .  READ MORE


Prep Your Pantry for the Heat of South America

It’s as synonymous with South America – Argentina, specifically – as the tango, malbec and Eva Perón (and packed with as much flavor and flair). A blend of fresh herbs and spicy red pepper tang, chimichurri sauce is a must-taste for any journey to South America. This week, Chef Jon Ashton is pairing it with sizzling steak – another Argentina favorite – for the ultimate weekend dinner to take you virtually to Buenos Aires. Like pesto and . . .  READ MORE

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