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 or ports we are visiting? Ask us in the comments!)
Where: Tokyo roundtrip to South Korea and Taiwan
Who: Dori Saltzman, News Editor
Why There? This will be Cruise Critic’s first opportunity to check out Diamond Princess since it underwent a total ship refurbishment to better appeal to the Japanese market.
We Can’t Wait: Diamond Princess is Princess’ first attempt to market a ship specifically to the Japanese market with amenities and services designed for that demographic. Among the new features added during dry dock are the Izumi Japanese bath — an 8,800-square-foot bath and garden complex with indoor and outdoor bathing areas — and the line’s largest sushi restaurant. I’m looking forward to experiencing a ship marketed at a different demographic than myself. Plus, I can’t wait to check out the funky new cabin toilets.
Who: Ashley Kosciolek, Ports & Copy Editor
Why There? While there, I’ll be updating Cruise Critic’s Martinique coverage, writing a feature about some of the best excursion options there and blogging about the nuances of traveling in the French West Indies.
We Can’t Wait: In addition to snorkeling, kayaking and exploring a bat cave, I’ll be taste-testing local cuisine and trying my hand at the French language — all new experiences for me.