Why go on a cruise to the Arctic Circle in winter? To see the northern lights of course. It's the time of year when small ships ply the Norwegian coast and points north to see brilliant displays of green and purple shards of light. The best time to go is between October and March, when you have the best chance of seeing them in the dark night sky. Viking Cruises is jumping into the aurora borealis market with a new cruise called In Search of the Northern Lights.
Those who currently serve in the military and retired servicemembers deserve a real vacation where they can kick back, relax and sail to paradise-- without breaking the bank. This summer, several cruise lines are offering special discounts for the brave men and women who work tirelessly to protect the U.S. Whether you want to sail the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or investigate the unspoiled beauty of Alaska, here are some of the industry's best deals that cater just to those who serve: Carnival makes it easy to find and book special rates for both active and retired military members. Using an online calendar, travelers can view available dates, destinations and starting military rates. Vacation packages start at just under $300 for four-day Caribbean cruises from Miami or Charleston, S.C. Military cruisers also receive a reduced required deposit of only $49. Some Carnival cruises also allow military personnel to book up to three other cabins at the same rate, as well as upgrade the room location at no charge.
Royal Caribbean officials have confirmed the cruise line will be testing a new beverage policy on several Harmony of the Seas voyages later this year. According to Cruise Critic, the new beverage policy testing process will be a change from the current unlimited alcohol package, with all adults who are 21-years-old or older who share a stateroom now required to purchase an unlimited package if one adult in their cabin has one. The unofficial Royal Caribbean blog reports that the cruise line's tests will take place on eight Harmony of the Seas sailings between September 30 and November 18. The belief is that the new beverage policy was implemented due to passengers sharing drink package benefits with other guests who didn't pay. Royal Caribbean initially required all passengers to purchase a drink package if one person in the stateroom did when the current policy was introduced, but the cruise line dropped the requirements a short time later.