We Try It: Japanese Baths on Diamond Princess

Making promises over dinner and a few wines is OK but when it comes to agreeing to go naked in a Japanese bathhouse, it’s perhaps best to decide when totally sober. A couple of us thought we’d go au naturel to sample the brand-new bathhouse onboard Diamond Princess. After all, most onsens (baths) in Japan […]

Zen or No Zen: Looking for Peace on a Mind, Body & Spirit Cruise

I feel the ship rocking in the top-deck Palm Court, but I am “breathing, relaxing and feeling the floor” and, amazingly, remain sure-footed despite the swell. I’m learning a movement called “Pay respect to Buddha” in my first ever Tai Chi class in a luxurious observation lounge on Crystal Symphony. Please share this post!

Celebrity Solstice Spices Things Up for Aussie Passengers

It’s no secret Australians like to imbibe. Celebrity Cruise Lines, though, recently discovered that our thirst for the grape can be quite staggering. On the recent Celebrity Solstice re-positioning cruise from Barcelona to Sydney, where the ship was to take up a summer seasonal deployment in Australia, the ship ran out of sauvignon blanc. It […]

Carnival Cruise Line Unleashes Spirit’s Aussification

This year, more than ever, Cruise Critic is keeping an eye on changes in cruising that affect our increasingly devoted Australia- and New Zealand-based members. Carnival is the first North American-based line this year to create some excitement in the world’s top-two countries when it comes to massive growth in interest in this kind of […]

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