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: 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!
Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas
Where:Bahamas, roundtrip from Miami including a stop in Key West
Who: Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant
Why Onboard? We’re updating our ship review as well as port information for Nassau and Royal’s private island, CocoCay.
We Can’t Wait: This trip marks my first cruise for Cruise Critic and I couldn’t be more excited! Quite a departure from experiences sailing on Europe’s rivers with my grandmother and taking part in the four-month Semester at Sea program. I’m really looking forward to experiencing an ocean-going cruise on a major cruise line. I’ve never been to Key West, but I hear that it’s fantastically eclectic; I can’t wait to meet the descendants of Hemingway’s cats.
Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas
Where: Nowhere, out of Miami
Who: Gina Kramer, Associate Editor
Why Onboard? We’re scoping out all the new features launched during Vision of the Seas’ refurb, as well as updating our ship review.
We Can’t Wait: The youngest ship in the line’s Vision Class welcomes new sights like redesigned cabins, an outdoor movie screen, aerial acrobatics show and five restaurants new to the ship (Italian trattoria, Giovanni’s Table, the complimentary Park Cafe, Izumi Asian Cuisine, Chef’s Table and the line’s signature Chops Grille). I have yet to experience any of these new features, which rolled out on Grandeur of the Seas during its 2012 refurb.