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 […]

P&O Cruises’ Britannia: Hits & Misses

It’s rare to get on a new ship and not find a few faults, or perhaps a better way of putting it would be, “to find a few areas that need tweaking.” Well I’ve got to be honest, I’m struggling to find any on P&O Cruises’ Britannia’s maiden voyage, which I joined halfway through in […]

Hot on the Forums: Will the Queen of England Add Godmother to Her Titles?

The newest ship to hit the UK might have its most famous resident as a Godmother – HM Queen Elizabeth II. At least that’s the speculation on the Cruise Critic message boards, where fans of P&O Cruises are awaiting the March launch of the Carnival Corp. line’s largest and newest ship, Britannia. On this thread, […]

Cruise Critic Live! Can You Afford a Luxury Cruise?

Our next Cruise Critic Live! chat takes place a week from today (Thursday, February 26) at 11 a.m. ET and looks at the world of luxury cruising. Although the base price of a luxury cruise can seem out of reach, when you look at what the fare encompasses – often drinks, tips and shore excursions – a […]

Pros and Cons of Island Hopping in the Canaries

My first cruise on British cruise line Fred. Olsen was also my first sailing with so many intensive port stops in so many days. I’m used to the traditional port day schedule — arrive at 9 a.m. and leave at 5:30 p.m. — but on a cruise around the Canary Islands, you can’t help but […]

Want More on Shore? Ask Azamara!

Tired of the same-old, same-old port tours? So are we! Luckily, cruise lines have been shaking things up during shore stops, offering overnight stays, bucket list experiences and immersion into local culture. No company has led this trend more than Azamara Club Cruises. So we’re excited that Richard Twyman, who leads the line in the […]

How Much Did You Pay for Your Cruise?

Admit it: you love a bargain — and you love telling people you’ve got a good deal. We admit we’re guilty of it, too, but it’s high on the list of Most Annoying Conversation Topics Onboard. On a thread on the P&O Cruises forum bemoaning moaners, a sub-thread was started by Tayscot about those people […]

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