Holland America Line's MS Westerdam in Seattle, Washington.

Seattle cruises to Alaska | an introduction

Seattle is a travel destination on its own, but for many people the Emerald City is also the preferred gateway for a cruise to Alaska. Seattle offers 7-day round-trip itineraries to Alaska, sold by a number of different cruise lines. The cruises from Seattle will not give you an in-depth exploration into the interior of…

Erik Tomren in front of Holland America Line's Rotterdam VI in 2009

Prepay cruise gratuities for a more relaxing trip

A common misconception is that ocean cruises are essentially all-inclusive, with the exception of alcoholic beverages, gambling, photographs and souvenirs. Some guests are likewise shocked when they receive their final bill only to see an added charge of gratuities, commonly referred under the euphemisms ‘Hotel Service Charge’ or ‘Service Charge’, or more recently as ‘Crew…

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Cruising to Saint Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). Saint Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and complicated history…

Moored boats in Honningsvåg, Norway.

Visiting Honningsvåg on the Hurtigruten

Honningsvåg, the northernmost city of mainland Norway Honningsvåg is the northernmost city on the mainland of Norway, located in Nordkapp Municipality in Finnmark County. With just 2,436 inhabitants in 2012, Honningsvåg would not qualify as a city in Norway under normal circumstances, since it does not meet the 5,000 person threshold under law. However, because the…