Gene Sloan, The Points Guy

Gene Sloan

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Weaverville, NC, United States

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Past articles by Gene:

Goodbye pool deck buffet, hello private 'cabana' decks: This cruise line is getting creative with its newest ship

TPG got a sneak peek at the 4,300-passenger Sun Princess cruise ship, under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Here are the most noteworthy new elements we discovered on the ship. → Read More

Holland America doubles down even more on long and unusual cruises with new 'legendary' sailings

The Seattle-based cruise brand announces a new collection of weekslong cruises to take place over the next three years. The sailings will range from 25 to 59 nights in length and have special programming. → Read More

Cruise giant Carnival goes Texas-size big with new sailings from Galveston

Carnival soon will have a record four ships sailing out of Galveston, Texas, including one doing unusually long voyages. → Read More

This single Amex offer could cover more than half the cost of your Celebrity cruise

Are you close to booking a Celebrity Cruises voyage? There's good reason to pay for it with an American Express card. → Read More

Did Norwegian Cruise Line make its new ships too small? Executives hint at an answer

The first ships in Norwegian Cruise Line's new Prima class are about 16% smaller than its earlier vessels. → Read More

End of an era: Miami finally dethroned as world's busiest cruise port

Miami has dominated the world of cruising for decades. → Read More

Loyalty to Disney Cruise Line is about to get you some major new perks

The cruising arm of tourism giant Disney made a dream come true for its most loyal fans on Thursday when it posted details of what it's calling Pearl status. → Read More

Deal alert: Save big on Royal Caribbean cruise ship packages with this new sale

A short-term offer from Royal Caribbean can bring you significant savings on extra-charge items. → Read More

Why a quick visit to the new Ritz-Carlton yacht left me wanting more

The 298-passenger luxury vessel is a first for The Ritz-Carlton. → Read More

Finally, one of the world's largest cruise ships will focus on short trips

The world's giant Oasis-class vessels are in hot demand, but until now, they've mostly only been accessible to vacationers looking for full-week voyages. → Read More

Carnival Cruise Line's oldest ship gets a reprieve from the scrappers — but for how long?

Carnival has been phasing out its oldest class of ships during the past three years. → Read More

35 Royal Caribbean cruise tips and tricks that will make your voyage better

Save money and time when cruising with Royal Caribbean with these 35 tips, tricks and hacks compiled by TPG's cruise experts. → Read More

The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Virgin Voyages ship

Virgin Voyages is rapidly expanding the number of cruise itineraries on its schedule as it adds more ships to its fleet. → Read More

Amazing deal alert: Get an 8-night cruise for 2 people for just 100,000 points

This points offer for Virgin Voyages cruises in the Caribbean and Europe is one of the best we've ever seen. → Read More

Cruise giant Carnival just announced what may be its most unusual — and epic — itinerary ever

The low-cost brand is best known for short cruises out of U.S. ports. A new itinerary it plans for 2024 is a sharp departure. → Read More

Cruise bookings are soaring — and that means higher prices are on the way

Thinking about booking a cruise for the coming year? Here's why you might not want to wait too long to do it. → Read More

Bookings on fire: Demand for Royal Caribbean's new Icon of the Seas is like nothing the line has ever seen

The 250,600-ton vessel will be the largest cruise ship in the world when it debuts in early 2024. → Read More

Cruise giant Carnival is about to send a ship somewhere it almost never does

The world's second-biggest cruise line is sending a vessel on an epic voyage far longer than its normal itineraries. → Read More

It's back! Iconic luxury cruise brand Crystal to restart sailings in July

Crystal Cruises, as it was formerly known, was considered the world's most luxurious cruise line by many before it went out of business in early 2022. Now it's coming back under new ownership. → Read More

End of an era: The world's oldest cruise ship is finally heading to the scrapper

Originally known as the Stockholm, the 556-passenger Astoria had a famous and at times infamous career as a passenger ship that spanned more than 70 years. → Read More