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 […]

Cruise Critic Members Pull Off Flash Mob Wedding Proposal

Our inaugural crossing on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas last week was full of dramatic moments – crossing through a stormy Bay of Biscay, attending Cruise Critic’s biggest-ever Meet & Mingle, and, of course, the chance to try out the ship’s innovative new features. We loved Dynamic Dining’s choice of restaurants. The Seaplex, with […]

Just Back From… Quantum of the Seas: Hits & Misses

No question, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas has lived up to its prelaunch billing of being the most innovative ship to launch this year. It’s a unique ship, with tons of new features that include the North Star (a London Eye-style capsule observatory), the Ripcord by iFly sky-diving simulator, first-ever restaurants at sea such […]

We’re Onboard: Quantum of the Seas Meet & Mingle is One For the Ages

We admit it. One of our absolute favorite things is reading stories of people who have become lifelong friends through Cruise Critic. It’s one of the reasons we think our Roll Calls are wonderful: They’re a terrific way to meet your fellow cruisers virtually before actually meeting them on the ship at a Meet & […]

Just Back From… A Pacific Northwest River Cruise: 6 Surprises

The delights of the Pacific Northwest extend beyond marquee cities like Seattle and Portland. This region is in the midst of a heady resurgence as a cruise destination along the Snake and Columbia rivers, thanks to the introduction this year of American Queen Steamboat Company’s newly refurbished American Empress. (Other lines, such as Lindblad Expeditions […]

Just Back From….Norwegian Breakaway: Vegas at Sea?

For a long time, cruise industry executives have maintained that their competition for passengers is not other cruise lines. What cruise travel is up against, we’ve heard over and over, is the massive casino resorts of Las Vegas and the theme parks of Orlando. Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Allure of the Seas certainly qualify as […]

Hurricane Season: We’re At the Peak

On its New York to Bermuda run this week I was among 4,800 passengers sailing aboard Norwegian Breakaway who got some bad news. Hurricane Cristobal, a late-developing storm that gave a lashing to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and bounced tropical showers off the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, is headed straight for, you […]

Just Back From … A Douro River Cruise: Hits & Misses

The big surprise about Portugal’s Douro River – the most vibrant in this part of the Iberian peninsula, is why it’s not on the top of every cruise traveler’s bucket list. Gorgeous and relatively untouched by tourists, this laid-back waterway is surrounded by medieval history, sprawling and steeply terraced vineyards, and dramatic rocky gorges. Our […]

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