Just Off…AmaPrima: Impressions from a River Cruise Novice

As a veteran ocean cruiser, I am quite familiar with the ins and outs of some of the biggest ships on the seas. But while I’m not quite a river cruise “virgin” – I had previously taken an overnight on Viking River Cruises a few years ago – my recent overnight on AMAWaterways’ new ship, [...]

A Closer Look: British vs. American Cruises

I’ve just returned from a Caribbean cruise on P&O Cruises’ Ventura. It’s been a year since I was on a British ship and in between, I have found myself on a lot of U.S. ships (Carnival Sunshine, Royal Princess, Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway). While on Ventura, I realized how different the traditional U.K. cruise experience is, [...]

Video: Street Runners Take On Cruise Ship

They’re back – and they’re better than ever. The 3RUN team which wowed the world last year – running and jumping all over Thomson Dream – have been brought back to show off the ship’s new home port of Jamaica. And this time they’ve teamed up with one of the few people who can give [...]

Live from….Cuba Cruise: Final Thoughts

  In my previous two reports I described the places we visited and some of the people we met during our Cuba Cruise cruise, a 7-night trip around the island. In my last report from the ship, I’d like to share some of the highlights during my week onboard Louis Cristal.

Live from….Cuba Cruise: A Stop in Santiago

As we walk up the steep hill leading from the port of Santiago to its main square, Plaza Cespedes, we hear what sounds like an explosion. It’s a car backfiring, an ancient Soviet-era Lada, probably dating from the early- to mid-60s, trying desperately to get up the hill. It explodes again, juddering almost to a [...]

Live from….Cuba Cruise: First Impressions

On my second night onboard the Canada-based Cuba Cruise, the first cruise line to offer sailings around the island,  Captain Stathis Goumas added a caveat to his welcome speech that resonated with all of us onboard: “If you want to experience a typical Caribbean cruise, then you have come on the wrong ship. Is that what [...]

Where in the World is Cruise Critic? Off to Cuba!

I’m off to Cuba with CubaCruise, a brand new Canada-based cruise line which sails round the island on week-long itineraries. We’ll be starting in Havana today, and sailing clockwise round Cuba, cruising along the north coast to Holguin, then Santiago de Cuba before dropping into Montego Bay, Jamaica. When we head back to Cuba, we’ll [...]

Two Years Later: Remembering Costa Concordia

Tonight at 9.45 p.m. CET (3:45 p.m. EST) the residents of Giglio will hold a service to mark the second anniversary of the sinking of Costa Concordia. They’ll gather at the harborfront or on the nearby beach in view of the ship; or visit San Pietro church and light candles to remember the 32 people [...]

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