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!)
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Why There? Oceania’s 684-passenger Regatta, which debuted in 2003 as the line’s first ship, has undergone a major makeover in a Vancouver shipyard. This will be Regatta’s first post-refurb voyage, so we’re eager to take a look at the upgrades. And, as the Alaska/British Columbia cruise season is getting into full swing, we thought that the cruise was a terrific opportunity to also take a look at what’s new and fun in ports of call. We’re visiting Vancouver, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and Ketchikan.
We Can’t Wait: Oceania’s Regatta, along with siblings Insignia and Nautica (which already have gotten makeovers), is among the most delightful cruise ships afloat. They’re small enough to feel cozy and intimate and large enough to offer plenty of choices (especially in dining).
This is also my first visit to Alaska in over 10 years, and I’m looking forward to rediscovering the region.
We’ll be reporting live, from Oceania Regatta, on Cruise Critic Live! this week – Thursday, at 3 p.m. – and are happy to answer questions and share insights then. You can post questions anytime, but do mark your calendar for Thursday (that’s 3 p.m. Eastern and 12 noon West Coast).
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!