Gene Sloan, The Points Guy

Gene Sloan

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Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Gene:

The new ultimate perk for luxury cruisers is a private car pickup at your home

Silversea Cruises is upping the ante in the Battle of the Perks among luxury lines. → Read More

Locals rejoice as the first big cruise ship returns to Alaska

The joy in the air at the dock in Sitka, Alaska, on Wednesday was palpable. → Read More

I'm on the first big cruise ship to sail to Alaska in nearly 2 years. It's so empty, it feels like my own private yacht

Editor's note: TPG's Gene Sloan is sailing on Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas as a guest of the line. The opinions expressed below are entirely his and → Read More

Island-hop in paradise: Cruises return to French Polynesia

The remote islands of French Polynesia are finally accessible again to cruisers, thanks to Windstar Cruises. → Read More

BREAKING: Cruise giant Carnival to bring back two-thirds of its fleet by October

Carnival Cruise Line soon will have 15 of its 24 ships back in operation. → Read More

Big-ship cruises to Alaska finally resume today after a nearly 2-year hiatus

The unprecedented, nearly-two-year hiatus for big-ship Alaska cruises finally ends today. → Read More

This new cruise ship could be the most luxurious ever for off-the-beaten-path cruising

What may be the most luxurious expedition cruise vessel ever is finally debuting this weekend after a nearly year-long delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Why cruisers shouldn't get too excited about Canada's just-announced plan to reopen to cruise ships

Canada's transport minister on Thursday announced the country would end its ban on cruise ship visits on Nov. 1 -- four months ahead of schedule. But cruise → Read More

Luxury travel is back: A $400,000 cruise sold out in less than 3 hours

How eager is the swanky set to get back to circling the world on epic trips? Eager enough to snap up every cabin on one of the priciest cruises ever in less → Read More

BREAKING: Norwegian Cruise Line sues Florida over vaccine passport ban

One of the world's biggest cruise companies is suing Florida over the state's law banning so-called vaccine passports. → Read More

BREAKING: Cruises to resume from Boston, New York starting in August

Add Boston and New York to the list of cities where cruising is resuming. → Read More

Alaska cruise ends early after passengers test positive for COVID-19; next sailing canceled

A cruise on one of the first vessels to restart operations in Alaska is ending early after two passengers and a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. → Read More

The world's largest cruise line is finally restarting operations in Europe

Royal Caribbean finally restarted sailings in North America last month, and now it's resuming operations in Europe, too. → Read More

Startup cruise line Virgin Voyages pushes back Miami debut for 6th time

You'll now have to wait until October to sail out of Miami on Scarlet Lady -- the first ship from startup cruise line Virgin Voyages. → Read More

How fast is the internet on a Celebrity cruise? We put it to the test

Looking for a cruise ship with internet service fast enough to let you do video calls with your friends back home and maybe watch a Netflix movie or two? → Read More

Think cruisers are unhappy with new restrictions on ships? Guess again

You might think that cruisers would be unhappy right now with some of the new rules on cruise ships. → Read More

A major cruise line is bucking the trend when it comes to new buffet rules

The self-serve buffet isn't disappearing completely from the cruise world. → Read More

From discounts on shore excursions to spa treatments, showing loyalty to Princess Cruises just got more rewarding

Showing loyalty to Princess Cruises just got more rewarding. → Read More

Royal Caribbean to unvaccinated travelers: No sushi (and a lot of other things) for you

Now we know the true cost of not getting vaccinated for COVID-19: You won't be able to order sushi when cruising on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. → Read More

You now can have Mayan ruins, once crowded with cruisers, all to yourself

This can't last long. That, I know. → Read More