Star Princess in April…
      By Michael Akana at Apr. 27. 2009. with Comments Off on Star Princess in April…
      Posted in: Cruises

      Here are some pics of the Star Princess in port…. Mike

      Cruising your way to a healthy lifestyle
      By Michael Akana at Sep. 13. 2008. with 1 Comment
      Posted in: Advice, Cruises, Health

      A posting on an online forum this week asked for advice on how to “Lose before I cruise.”  Some suggested an Atkins Diet.  Others touted willpower.   I’ve tried the “Lose before I cruise” goal, but it never worked for me. Neither have the related “lose by summer”, “lose by (or after) Christmas. Deadlines tend to be...

      Budget for a Cruise
      By Michael Akana at Nov. 7. 2007. with Comments Off on Budget for a Cruise
      Posted in: Advice, Cruises

      Cruising is a great vacation value. Many meals and services that would cost extra on an land based vacation are often included in the price of a cruise. Cruises tend to be more “all inclusive” than most land based vacations. In fact, higher end cruises may include gratuity, beverages and even shore excursions. Everyone has...

      Marc Mancini Free Seminar (and DVD)
      By Michael Akana at Nov. 4. 2007. with Comments Off on Marc Mancini Free Seminar (and DVD)
      Posted in: Industry

      Dr. Marc Mancini begins with the question, “What is a “tour?” in his free seminar: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Selling Tours (..and Cruises, Too!) , sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines and The Leading Travel Companies. If you can’t attend, order the DVD from The Leading Travel Companies. There was an in depth exploration of escorted,...

      Travel industry takes action against card mills.
      By Michael Akana at Nov. 3. 2007. with Comments Off on Travel industry takes action against card mills.
      Posted in: Industry

      Last month, Royal Caribbean International® and it’s partner cruise lines–Celebrity Cruises® and Azamara CruisesSM announced they “have begun terminating our business relationships with certain travel-related companies that we have concluded are in the “card-mill” business (selling ordinary consumers access to benefits designed for actual travel agents). We have a fundamental concern with the business practices...


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