/> Gary Bembridge is the author of the recently published Cruise Traveler’s Handbook – the essential guide for any novice cruiser. He also has a website Tips for Travellers, where he offers tips and advice on all aspects of travel, including cruising. Our U.K. Editor Adam Coulter caught up with Gary to quiz him about his top tips for [...]
< The last time I saw a Costa cruise ship, it was lying on its side off an island. I am of course referring to Costa Concordia, which I had the privilege of watching being ‘parbuckled’ (hoisted upright) back in September. So when the invitation came through to watch the ‘float-out’ (or in trade parlance ‘technical [...]
We were lucky enough to be invited onboard Hebridean Princess Monday. The almost-50-year-old ship (it celebrates its birthday in March) is most famous for being chartered by HM The Queen — twice. But the ship is unique for many other reasons, including its original fittings and a throwback to a simpler time. Here are some [...]
We are excited and honored that one of the world’s foremost naval engineers – Stephen Payne, OBE (Order of the British Empire)– will be joining us for a Q&A session on the Cruise Critic Forums. Mr. Payne, amongst many other achievements, is the designer of the world’s only transatlantic liner, Cunard Line‘s Queen Mary 2.
In his second and concluding post from Giglio Island, where Cruise Critic’s UK editor Adam Coulter was watching the raising of the Costa Concordia, he describes what it was like when the ship was finally pulled upright. Yesterday I was woken at 4:11 a.m. by the sound of a ship’s horn. My first thought was: [...]
U.K. Editor Adam Coulter is on the tiny Italian island of Giglio, where Costa Concordia sits partially submerged. Today, an operation, called “parbuckling” is underway to right the ship, a major step toward ultimately removing it. Adam is reporting live on the operation. We only got confirmation that the Parbuckling Project was taking place three [...]
Carnival Sunshine is – as President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Gerry Cahill said over the weekend – “in great shape”. The problems the ship encountered on its maiden voyage — and were widely reported by our members – seem to have been dealt with. These included a number of the new spa cabins being [...]
It’s safe to say Carnival Sunshine had a pretty rough start in life. This $155 million refit project — which had never been attempted on this scale — to transform an old ship into effectively a brand-new one hit some snags when it launched without all of the features ready. Well, we now know why, [...]keep looking »