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: Carnival Freedom
Where: Southern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba)
Who: Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant
Why There? Freedom has recently emerged from a multi-million-dollar dry dock with exciting new family features including Carnival’s first Bookville at sea — part of the line’s Seuss at Sea program — as well as Camp Ocean, which will replace Camp Carnival as the line’s onboard kids’ program. In addition, a number of Fun Ship 2.0 amenities will debut on the ship, including Guy’s Burger Joint, EA Sports Bar, Hasbro Game Show and more.
We Can’t Wait: The new kid-friendly ship spaces look as appealing to the eye as they are fun (and who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss?) A longer itinerary to the southern portion of the Caribbean islands is atypical for Carnival, which usually can be found sailing shorter stints to the Eastern or Western Caribbean; I’m looking forward to strolling by the famed pastel facades of Willemstad, Curacao. I also have to admit I’m dying to order a drink on a prescription pad at Alchemy Bar!
Ship: Un-Cruise Adventures‘ S.S. Legacy
Where: Alaska, from the larger ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan to more intimate places like Icy Strait, Frederick Sound and Wrangell.
Who: Gina Kramer, Associate Editor
Why There? I’ll be writing a ship review of the 88-passenger S.S. Legacy as well as revamping our corporate profile for Un-Cruise Adventures. I also will be adding information to our Alaska cruising section, writing mini-port profiles for Glacier Bay and Wrangell, and updating of Ketchikan.
We Can’t Wait: S.S. Legacy is an interesting concept, as far as small ship cruising. The cornerstone of Un-Cruise Adventures’ “Heritage” cruises, the ship emulates a turn-of-the-century steamer, along with period details and staff that dress up in historical costume.
As a cruiser who’s only ever sailed on mainstream lines — albeit in a more active, destination-driven manner — I can’t wait to compare the experiences.