Observed Onboard: Charging for Water?

The dream of ‘all-inclusive’ cruising has slowly eroded over the last two decades; few topics inspire as much passion as outrageous ‘nickel and diming’ charges on Cruise Critic message boards. On my recent cruise through the Norwegian fjords on Hurtigruten Lofoten, however, I found one of the most unusual charge yet: water. It wasn’t that [...]

Rising to Royalty: An Update on American Queen

While the beloved American Queen’s return in April was heralded by many, for passengers on the initial sailings, things weren’t quite up to snuff. Stories of poor service, untrained crew, mediocre food and a boat that just wasn’t ready for passengers flowed faster than the mighty Mississippi. Even the American Queen Steamboat Company’s president Christopher [...]

Did We Find the Best Internet on a Cruise? Maybe.

If you’re one of those cruisers that can’t fathom being away from ESPN.com for more than eight hours, or twitches if you don’t check your iPhone for messages every 25 minutes, you already know the Internet on a cruise can be, to put it mildly, an exasperating experience. Your ship may have come in, however… [...]

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