A Legacy That Lives on in the Galapagos Islands

It’s not often that you get a new ship (36 years in fact), so Galapagos specialist Metropolitan Touring thought they would mark the occasion not with the usual bottle-smashing and ceremony, but in a more meaningful way. The line decided to mark the passing of its old ship – Santa Cruz – and the arrival […]

8 Lessons Learned From Taking the Kids on a Rome Shore Excursion

It’s an oft-repeated truth: Don’t drag young kids round Rome — or any European city — during a high-season cruise. It’s not worth it, as this sorry tale will prove. It all started off so well. Rewind a few months when I announced the trip to my two boys, ages 4 and 8: Me: Guess […]

Just Back From Allure of the Seas: Hits & Misses

The world’s biggest cruise ship came out of dry dock in mid-May, after an 18-day refurbishment that gave it new restaurants, cabins, shops and a brand-new Suite Lounge. I hadn’t sailed on Allure – one of Cruise Critic’s most popular ships – before the refit. But after a weeklong voyage round-trip from Barcelona, where I […]

Just Back From Celebrity Eclipse: New Additions to the Ship

First launched in 2008, Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships are by no means old, but Celebrity is not a line to stand still. So far, it has updated two of its S-class ships — Equinox and Eclipse — with some brand-new features, including a new bar and a new restaurant. We got onboard Celebrity Eclipse last week, just after an […]

We Try It: Celebrity Cruises’ Suite Class

More and more, mainstream cruise lines are adding separate areas for their highest-paying passengers. Think executive floors on hotels or premium cabins on airplanes, with lounges, separate dining areas and personalized service — only at sea. MSC Cruises has the Yacht Club, Norwegian Cruise Line has The Haven, and Cunard has long had Grills Class. […]

Britannia vs. Anthem

The U.K. has enjoyed two giant ship launches in the space of just over six weeks: P&O Cruises’ Britannia and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. Together the ships have increased passenger capacity out of Southampton by almost 8,000. That’s a lot of cabins to fill. While Britannia will be based here permanently, Anthem will […]

Cruise Critic Live! Q & A with Michael Bayley

We caught up with the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley, ahead of his Cruise Critic Live! chat today at noon onboard Anthem of the Seas. He told us why he’s excited about Anthem, why the ship won’t be permanently based in the U.K. — and what’s on his cruise bucket list. […]

Q&A with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver

With Anthem of Seas‘ debut this month, the Royal Caribbean ship will have the second of U.K. celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s at-sea restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, onboard. The for-fee restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, many with a unique twist, like crab and avocado bruschetta (of course, there’s more traditional items, including penne pomodoro, linguine with prawns […]

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