Pioneering Cruise Historian Dies

When Andrew Haze, Cruise Critic’s newest editorial staffer and a not-yet-a-cruiser joined our team last year, he asked for a reading list that would help him learn more about the industry. I put John Maxtone-Graham’s; The Only Way to Cross, a book that celebrates the ocean liners that crossed the sea well before the Fun […]

Just Back from Viking Star: Hits & Misses

After putting river cruising firmly on the map, Viking Cruises launched a new effort last month: its own ocean cruise line. The first new cruise line in over a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises also is the first line to launch with a brand-new, custom-designed and -built ship since Disney introduced Magic in the late 1990s. […]

Just Back From Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze: Hits & Misses

Taking three ships, all designed and built in the 1980s, from one cruise line to another is a challenging task — as small ship cruise line Windstar discovered. Despite an ambitious $2 million plan to upgrade Star Pride, one of three 212-passenger Seabourn ships, the effort wasn’t perhaps ambitious enough, leading to poor reviews when […]

Live from Windstar Star Breeze: First Impressions

When Windstar Cruises officially welcomes Star Breeze, its new motor yacht to the fleet later today, it’ll represent a new chapter in history for the storied ship. Until a few weeks ago, the vessel had sailed as Seabourn Spirit. It’s also a continuation of a new chapter for Windstar. The small ship cruise line — […]

We Try It: Sailing on a Shakedown

Your favorite cruise line has announced the dates for the maiden voyage of a new ship. Excited to be one of the first onboard, you race to book it. New ship, new hardware: What could go wrong? Plenty. Here at Cruise Critic, we’re experts when it comes to "shakedown" cruises. The term is generally used […]

Just Back from Viking Oceans: 7 Cool Discoveries On Viking Star

We’re back from our first sailing with Viking Ocean Cruises, a new, ocean-going cruise line spawned from Viking River Cruises (and the first cruise line to debut with all-new, purpose-designed and built cruise ships since Disney launched Disney Magic in 1998). The itinerary on the line’s first ship, 930-passenger Viking Star, took us from Istanbul […]

Why Luxury Lovers Should Be Excited About Regent Seven Seas Explorer

What would you splurge on? When Regent Seven Seas unveiled its first look at 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer — an all-new ship that will debut in summer 2016 – it’s understandable why the focus went to its luxurious Regent Suite and its price tag. With the first-ever private spa at sea — the suite is […]

Just Back From…Quantum of the Seas: Shoutout to the Crew

All this week, we’ll be reporting back on our Quantum of the Seas experiences (we’ve already given you a taste of what’s hot and what’s not in our Hits and Misses post). But what we’ve found to be true on this ship, as well as all others, is that even the most fabulous food and […]

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