Wanderlust Wednesday: Radiant Reflections

Destination: Amsterdam Why Go?: Amsterdam’s tree-lined canal streets, colorful old buildings and artsy, laid-back vibe make it a favorite for cruisers on both ocean-going and river vessels. Almost everything can be explored by foot. So stop by the tourist office (opposite of Central Station), grab some maps and savor the day. Don’t miss the Van […]

Member Review of the Week: The Rest is History

Cruise Ship: Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess Itinerary: Panama Canal and Central America Member: crcaldwell Background: Crcaldwell thought he’d found a cruise line for the long haul, until a recent sailing aboard Coral Princess changed everything. The ship’s timeless decor, attentive staff and simple surprises like champagne service on the balcony were a perfect match for […]

March 2015 Desktop Wallpaper: Sunset Sailaway

Get your March 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! We love the sight of a brightly lit cruise ship slipping through the dusk (especially after a particularly impressive ocean sunset). Here’s hoping that this desktop calendar inspires you to think back on your last cruise – and dream about the next one. Here’s how to put this photo […]

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 […]

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