Wanderlust Wednesday: A Winter Respite

Destination: Waikiki Beach Why Go?: One of the most sunset-worthy beaches in Hawaii, Waikiki is a must-see — and thankfully, not easy to miss — when your cruise ship is docked in Honolulu. Its beauty speaks for itself. The beachside village is full of activities such as surfing to shopping. Work up an appetite? If […]

Member Review of the Week: Marveling in the Mediterranean

Ship: Holland America’s Ryndam Itinerary: Mediterranean Member: LilRoo Background: Inspired by Ryndam’s exotic itineraries, LilRoo booked a 28-day cruise from Istanbul to Tampa. The ship’s 1,266-passenger capacity and traditional ambiance was a nice balance for their adventures throughout Turkey, Italy, Spain and other ports of call — most of which were booked independently. Read on […]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Off the Grid

Destination: Antarctica Why Go?: With no indigenous people, government or economy, Antarctica is one of the most mysterious destinations in the world. Its untouched lands are not only breathtaking, but also an ideal hangout for multiple species of penguins, seals and whales. In fact, it has the largest concentration of marine wildlife in the world. […]

Member Review of the Week: Solo in South America

Cruise Ship: Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess Itinerary: South America and Antarctica Member: ccastner Background: This Rio-to-Valparaiso cruise was two years in the making. So when solo cruiser ccastner finally decided to take the plunge, he knew exactly what he needed to plan the perfect vacation — which included a balcony cabin (see why, below). Between […]

Cruise Critic Live: Getting the Best Cruise Experience for the Best Value

Editor’s Note: This chat has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a future date. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay tuned. Saving is important, but so is having the trip of a lifetime. Cruise Planners is an American Express Travel representative and the nation’s largest network of home-based travel agents. We spoke with CEO […]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Under the Tuscan Sun

Destination: Positano, Italy Highlight: This picturesque cliffside village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast is easily accessible from the port of Naples. Explore the streets’ many restaurants, boutiques and sights such as the Church of Santa Maria Assunta. Don’t forget to try the Limoncello! Member: lexfrank Every Wednesday, we’ll be taking you on a journey around the […]

Member Review of the Week: Last-Minute Bliss

Cruise Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Itinerary: Southern Caribbean Member: baseball1210 Overall Impression: When baseball1210 set out to snag a last-minute deal in the Southern Caribbean, he was open to trying a new cruise line if the stars were aligned. Alas, he found the perfect itinerary and price for a Royal Caribbean ship […]

Where in the World is Cruise Critic?

Ship: Fred. Olsen Boudicca Where: Madeira and the Canary Islands Who: Adam Coulter, U.K. Editor Why There? We’ll be checking out Fred.’s newly refurbished Boudicca, as well as visiting five Canary Islands – La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Las Palmas and Lanzarote – in five days! We’ll be writing about some of the extraordinary excursions […]

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