Cruise Critic staffers set sail every week, traveling the globe to bring you the latest cruise ship trends, port sneak peeks and onboard observations. Here’s where we are this week.
(Got questions about any of the ships we’re boarding? Ask us in the comments!)
Ship: Amadeus Princess
Where: Germany on Rhine, including Cochem, Koblenz, and Rudesheim
Who: Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor
Why Onboard? We’ll be writing a full review of the ship, built in 2006 as part of the Austria-based line’s fleet of river vessels.
We Can’t Wait: On the second part of back-to-back voyages with Amadeus, I’ll continue to investigate whether this particular line — with its a la carte pricing — is a good choice for more traditional cruisers who might be curious about river cruising.
Ship: Costa Luminosa
Where: Western Mediterranean, from Barcelona (Marseilles, Palma de Mallorca, Genoa and Corsica’s Ajaccio)
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor-in-Chief
Why Onboard? The Italian-based line heads to the U.S. this winter, and will be offering Caribbean-based cruises out of Miami.
We Can’t Wait: Costa is a cruise line that always will own a little piece of my heart, since I met my husband aboard Costa Mediterranea, a decade ago. What intrigues about this trip is the ship itself, a hybrid in Costa’s fleet. Along with sister ship Deliziosa, its design reflects Costa’s most-popular traditions (unusual artwork, fabulous spa, solid childrens’ programs) and also offers some of the more upscale touches found on the ships of Holland America, a sister company (such as a beautiful and elegant pool deck).
Ship: Norwegian’s Pride of America
Where: Hawaiian Islands, roundtrip from Honolulu
Who: Erica Silverstein, Features Editor
Why Onboard? We’re updating our ship review after the addition of new cabins and dining venues, and touching up some of our Hawaii port profiles and feature articles.
We Can’t Wait: Hawaii is my favorite tropical island destination because it has something for everyone: beaches, water sports and active adventures, beautiful scenery, volcanoes, a local dining scene and a unique culture. I’ve been on land vacations three times, but never visited on a cruise. I’m excited to investigate how you get the most out of an island visit in just one or two days, what excursions you really can do with a toddler, and the ins and outs of renting cars for just a day. Plus, I’m eager to find out how a freestyle attitude and all-American crew impact the onboard experience. Aloha!