Gene Sloan, The Points Guy

Gene Sloan

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Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Gene:

Cruise lines begin resuming ship departures from Florida ports that closed due to Hurricane Ian

Port Tampa Bay, Jacksonville's JAXPort and Port Canaveral all reopened to cruise vessels on Saturday after being closed since earlier in the week. → Read More

Fast-growing Viking doubles down on adventure cruising with a second expedition cruise ship

The line on Friday officially unveiled the 378-passenger Viking Polaris, which is designed to cruise to adventurous places such as Antarctica and the Arctic. → Read More

When will Florida cruise ship ports reopen in the wake of Hurricane Ian?

A day after Hurricane Ian slammed into the Florida coast as a Category 4 storm, three home ports for cruise ships in the state — Port Tampa Bay, Jacksonville's JAXPort and Port Canaveral — remain closed to marine traffic. → Read More

At least five cruise ships stuck at sea as Hurricane Ian closes Florida ports

Cruise vessels operated by Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises won't be able to return to their home ports on Thursday due hurricane-caused port closures. → Read More

Cruise ship departures from Tampa, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville in question as Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida

Sailings from the cruise ports in Tampa, Port Canaveral and Jacksonville scheduled to depart over the next few days are currently in flux due to the rapid approach of a strengthening Hurricane Ian. → Read More

Disruptions to cruise ship itineraries grow as Hurricane Ian barrels toward Florida

At least five cruise lines are rerouting ships in the Caribbean and the Bahamas as a growing Hurricane Ian approaches the Gulf of Mexico. → Read More

Virgin Voyages Sailing Club loyalty program: Everything you need to know

The Virgin Voyages The Sailing Club loyalty program won't be fully in place until 2023. But it's already offering cruisers who are loyal to the one-year-old line some valuable perks. → Read More

Cruise calls in Grand Turk on hold for now in wake of Hurricane Fiona damage

The island destination in Turks and Caicos draws more than 1 million cruise visitors a year. → Read More

Cruise calls at Grand Turk in question after dock damaged by Hurricane Fiona

Hurricane Fiona slammed into Turks and Caicos on Tuesday as a powerful Category 3 storm, damaging the pier at the Grand Turk Cruise Center. → Read More

Top Maine port votes to limit cruise ships after residents complain about crowds

The town council of Bar Harbor, Maine, on Tuesday officially signed off on an agreement with the cruise industry that places caps on cruiser arrivals during the tourist season. → Read More

Would you pay $138 per day for a drinks package on a cruise ship? That's the new rate at 1 major line

Norwegian Cruise Line's top-tier drinks package soon will cost more than twice as much as the top-tier package at rival Carnival Cruise Line. → Read More

Princess Cruises reveals 1st details of giant new ship on order for 2024

To be named Sun Princess, the vessel will cruise in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. → Read More

Is this the most epic river cruise ever? See what 1 line just announced for 2024

Upscale river cruise line AmaWaterways has announced an unusually long voyage that includes stops in 15 countries in Europe. → Read More

Two cruise lines cancel Bermuda calls over continued COVID-19 testing requirements

Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, two of the world's biggest cruise lines, have canceled upcoming calls in Bermuda, citing the island's ongoing COVID-19 testing requirements. → Read More

The 5 best destinations you can visit on a Disney Cruise Line ship

Is a voyage on a Disney Cruise Line ship on your bucket list? You’ll find a growing number of options when it comes time to pick an itinerary. → Read More

Hurricanes Earl and Kay disrupt cruises to Bermuda, Mexican Riviera

A growing Hurricane Earl is causing some significant changes to cruises to Bermuda this week as it barrels toward the island, even as another hurricane in the → Read More

Fast-growing Viking finally debuts its 1st river cruise ship in North America

Fast-growing Viking's long-awaited move into North America river cruising has finally begun. → Read More

I've been on nearly every Norwegian Cruise Line ship afloat; here are my first impressions of the new Norwegian Prima

Editor’s note: TPG’s Gene Sloan accepted a free trip from Norwegian Cruise Line to attend this week's unveiling of Norwegian Prima. The opinions expressed → Read More

Exclusive: Virgin Voyages to debut cruise loyalty program in 2023, with temporary perks available now

Big news, Virgin Voyages fans: The line's long-awaited loyalty program is finally here. → Read More

Norwegian Cruise Line's new ship has a ridiculously big go-kart track — here's why I loved it

Editor’s note: TPG’s Gene Sloan accepted a free trip from Norwegian Cruise Line to attend the unveiling of Norwegian Prima. The opinions expressed below are → Read More