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 […]

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 – […]

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