Countdown to Quantum: What’s up with the Robotic Bartenders?

I’ve got to admit, when I first heard that Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas would have robotic bartenders, a number of thoughts came to mind. First: It’s gonna be a bit of a one-sided conversation. Second: Will they look more like R2-D2 or C3PO? Third: Does that mean will they be losing [...]

Destination Spotlight: Banana Coast, Honduras

On Wednesday, the new Caribbean cruise port of Banana Coast (Trujillo), on the north coast of Honduras, welcomed its first big cruise ship, Norwegian Jewel. While a smaller ship, Travel Dynamics’ 130-passenger Yorktown, paid a couple of visits in February, this was the tender port’s first mega-ship – Jewel has 2,500 passengers. The stop heralded [...]

What Do You Love About Cruising?

For those who haven’t wandered over to the Cruise Critic message boards, you’ll find them a wonderful place, with all facets of human life represented (for good and ill). Informative, self-regulating, kind, often humorous and frequently bizarre, the threads are so numerous that — for the first-timer — the boards can seem somewhat daunting. If [...]

Observed Onboard: Are You Antisocial When You Cruise?

As Cruise Critic’s resident expert on all things British, I’ve spent some time exploring the differences between UK cruising and US cruising. One of the things I noted from a recent P & O cruise is how we Brits do our utmost NOT to meet people on a cruise, whereas certain other nationalities (Americans – [...]

Regal Princess: A Spa Day Fit for a King

Adam Coulter walks us through his royal treatment spa day on Princess Cruise’s Regal Princess.

Live From….Giglio: Last Thoughts from Salvage of Costa Concordia Cruise Ship

As the journalists mill around looking for scraps of news from the increasingly detailed and technical Costa Concordia press conferences (there are only so many times you can write a story about sponsons), I decide to take a walk along the harbor front. I’m aware that this will likely be my last time at the [...]

Live from….Giglio, Italy: Costa Concordia Raising and Salvage

I’m back in Giglio, Italy almost 10 months after the parbuckling operation which righted Costa Concordia to an upright position. The parbuckling took place over 24 hours and seemed painfully slow at the time. This refloat and eventual tow to the scrapyard in Genoa will take at least a week, but the pace today has [...]

Cruise Critic Live! Refloating Costa Concordia

This Monday, July 14, operations will begin to refloat Costa Concordia – the most complex and expensive maritime recovery operation in history – and Cruise Critic will be there, reporting live. Cruise Critic’s U.K. Editor, Adam Coulter, will be on the island of Giglio throughout the refloat – posting news stories, tweeting live, taking pictures and answering your questions [...]

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