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: Viking Skadi
Where: European Christmas Markets/Danube River (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary)
Who: Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant
Why Onboard? Writing a review of Skadi, one of Viking’s many longships, updating port information and manning Cruise Critic social media. Look out for tweets!
We Can’t Wait: I’m looking forward to being onboard a new longship and checking out the al fresco areas — even if it’s freezing cold! Germany (especially during Christmastime) holds a special place in my heart as my grandmother is from there, and returns every year for the Christmas markets. We cruised a very similar Viking itinerary together a few years ago, and had a great time. Coincidentally, my grandmother and great-aunt will be sailing on a Viking ship during the same time this year, and I can’t wait for our cruises to meet in the middle at Melk, Austria!
Ship: Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Soleal
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Why There? With a few days to rest and relax before an upcoming cruise to Indonesia on Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Soleal, I’ll take a look at updating our Singapore port profile. For that, I’ve already turned to Cruise Critic’s shore excursion reviews, where the top picks by fellow travelers include the Botanic Gardens, a night safari, shopping on Orchard Road, and a city tour. I’m particularly excited to visit the new Gardens by the Bay, a massive, greenhouse-like space, along with the Marina Bay Sands Skypark for towering views of the city, and the Asian Civilisations Museum to learn more about this part of the world.
We Can’t Wait: As a cruise port of embarkation for voyages in and around Asia, Australia, and the South Pacific (not to mention India and the Middle East), Singapore is booming. It’s a good place to decompress after a long flight (we’ll be traveling about 30 hours, via a connection in Hong Kong, from New York) because it’s got everything – gorgeous gardens, activities for families, and great shopping and restaurants, among many things. The city-state of Singapore is also one of the world’s safest cities (some critics call it bland but who doesn’t love safe?). And it’s one of the more humid; it lies very near the equator and year-round is quite steamy. In December, steamy definitely appeals.
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