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 […]

Just Back from… Quantum of the Seas: Two70

Much about the Quantum of the Seas smart ship coverage has focused on the robot bartenders in the Bionic Bar. And that’s understandable (I had visions of the bar in Star Wars before I boarded). But the real tech wows of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship are, in my opinion, “Vistarama” and the “roboscreens” in Two70. […]

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 […]

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