Where in the World is Cruise Critic?

March 24, 2014 | By | No Comments

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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!)

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Ship: Uniworld‘s S.S. Catherine, a sister to SS. Antoinette (the line’s award-winning
Best New River Ship in Cruise Critic’s Editors Picks from 2011), will be
christened. French legendary actress Catherine Deneuve is its godmother.
Where: In the UNESCO heritage city of Lyon, on France’s Rhone River.
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Why There? S.S. Catherine will sail Rhone River itineraries, based in Lyon. After the christening we’ll embark on a five day mini-cruise showcasing ports of call such as Avignon, Lyon and the Ardeche.
We Can’t Wait: S.S. Catherine is the most cruise-like vessel on Europe’s rivers, featuring amenities like a lap pool and spa, a top-deck nightclub, and a sprawling alternative restaurant ­along with the trademark Uniworld decor style, sumptuously elegant and refined. We also look forward to checking out the more active and recreational opportunities that Uniworld offers in its shore program. And of course, the Rhone River, with its emphasis on Provencal cuisine, Rhone wines, and ancient history, is a huge draw.

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Ship: Christening ceremony for CroisiEurope‘s new MS Lafayette
Where: Strasbourg, France
Who: Jamey Bergman, UK River Section & Production Editor
Why There? To see the latest ship from CroisiEurope
We Can’t Wait: CroisiEurope, France’s biggest river cruise line, is making a push into the English-speaking market. Not only will the line be debuting its newest full-sized river cruise ship, it also will be christening a couple of small hotel barges.

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Ship: Royal Caribbean‘s Legend of the Seas
Where: The Panama Canal, with stops in Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Who: Ashley Kosciolek, Copy and Ports Editor
Why There? While onboard, I’ll be taking notes to write a full, updated ship review of Legend of the Seas, and I’ll also be updating our Cartagena and Colon coverage and writing a port profile for Puerto Quetzal, which will be a brand-new addition to our site. Stay tuned also for a “live from” blog on the best “canal day” vantage points and a slideshow feature that compares and contrasts the differences between sailing the Panama Canal on a small ship versus a large one.
We Can’t Wait: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal’s construction, so it’s an ideal time to experience a visit to the historic marvel firsthand. It also offers us a chance to witness the hourslong process of maneuvering a large ship through tiny locks with just inches to spare on each side. (I’m also excited for some warm weather as the Northeast’s winter season continues.)

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