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 [...]

Video: Queen Mary 2 Celebrates 10 Years

Queen Mary 2 celebrates 10 years of service this year and to commemorate that fact, Cunard has put together a short ‘infographic’ video packed full of fascinating facts about the iconic liner. QM2′s carried more than 1.3 million passengers, as well as more than 2,000 dogs (QM2 is the only ship that offers a kennel [...]

Q & A: Top Cruising Tips from Author Gary Bembridge

/> Gary Bembridge is the author of the recently published Cruise Traveler’s Handbook – the essential guide for any novice cruiser. He also has a website Tips for Travellers, where he offers tips and advice on all aspects of travel, including cruising. Our U.K. Editor Adam Coulter caught up with Gary to quiz him about his top tips for [...]

Costa Diadema: A New Start

< The last time I saw a Costa cruise ship, it was lying on its side off an island. I am of course referring to Costa Concordia, which I had the privilege of watching being ‘parbuckled’ (hoisted upright) back in September. So when the invitation came through to watch the ‘float-out’ (or in trade parlance ‘technical [...]

(Photos) Hebridean Princess: A Step Back in Time

We were lucky enough to be invited onboard Hebridean Princess Monday. The almost-50-year-old ship (it celebrates its birthday in March) is most famous for being chartered by HM The Queen — twice.  But the ship is unique for many other reasons, including its original fittings and a throwback to a simpler time. Here are some [...]

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