A Closer Look: What Makes a True Cunarder?

Cruisers are a fiercely loyal bunch. Either they only have (and ever will) travel with one cruise line, or have tried another, hated it (or missed the one they are used to) and come back to the original one. This is played out most clearly on the Cruise Critic Message Boards, where you’ll rarely see [...]

Video: Cunard’s Three Queens Arrive in Southampton for QM2’s Birthday Celebrations

Cunard celebrated the 10th anniversary of its flagship, Queen Mary 2 with the arrival of its three-ship fleet in Southampton this morning, and we were on hand for the event. QM2 and its sister ships — Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth — all left Lisbon and made the transit to Southampton together. The ships arrived [...]

#Throwback Thursday: Golden Age of Cruising

It’s #Throwback Thursday – and many of the modern sailors on our staff wish we could grab a glimpse of cruising in days gone by, when a transatlantic crossing was the primary way to visit Europe. Luckily for us, our UK office found these gorgeous images, part of a new exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum [...]

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 [...]

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