Where in the World is Cruise Critic?

June 2, 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 or ports we are visiting? Ask us in the comments!)
Ship: Avalon Waterways‘ Illumination
Where: Vienna
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Why There? Avalon’s Illumination, which joins sister ship Avalon
Impression and fleetmate Avalon Poetry II as the three new ships of 2014, will be christened on Tuesday in Vienna.
We Can’t Wait: We’ve traveled on Avalon’s popular “Suite Ships” before. What distinguishes these vessels is their plentiful cabins that measure about 200 square feet ­- large for river boats (the bathrooms are gorgeous too). And christenings are always special; in this case, we look forward to cruising with a big Australia contingent as the ship’s godmother will be Down Under’s Deborah Hutton, a well-known television host and celebrity in Oz.
Since Avalon Illumination is embarking passengers in Vienna, which is relatively unusual (river lines more commonly start Danube voyages from Budapest), we’re also looking forward to a three day pre-cruise stay in this storied city. We’ve gotten in the mood for our mini-break by watching flicks like “Before Sunrise” and Orson Welles’ “The Third Man.” We’ll be sharing some new discoveries we uncover in Vienna, but until then, remember to check out our port profile for a most thorough review.

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Ship: Hurtigruten‘s Fram
Where: Greenland
Who: Sarah Schlichter, Senior Editor of Cruise Critic’s sister site, IndependentTraveler.com
Why There? I’ll be updating Cruise Critic’s Fram ship review, researching extraordinary excursions in the Arctic and sending a few digital “postcards” from one of the most remote places on earth.
We Can’t Wait: The 11-night cruise will include chances to explore Norse ruins, see dramatic glaciers and visit tiny settlements like the village of Itilleq (population 130), where passengers from the ship will have the chance to face off against the locals in a friendly game of soccer!

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