Live From….Emerald Sky: Hits & Misses

In all the hoopla of this year’s river season – here at Cruise Critic, our team has gone from one christening ceremony to another – this week’s latest launch has the biggest potential of all. That’s because the shining new ship, the 190-passenger Emerald Sky, belongs to Emerald Waterways, the first cruise line to be created [...]

Live from….Uniworld’s S.S. Catherine: Hits & Misses

Uniworld’s fleet of river ships is known for being grand and elegant, in eye-popping ways. The 159-passenger S.S. Catherine, which debuted last week in the French city of Lyon, only raises the bar on their trademark design qualities. S.S. Catherine has similar amenities to S.S. Antoinette, its most immediate predecessor. There’s an indoor swimming pool, [...]

Live From….Douro River with Viking: Meet the “Baby” Longships

On an overnight aboard Viking River Cruises’ newest Longship — Viking Hemming, just christened on Portugal’s Douro last week – we figured that there’d be no big surprises, having cruised on the 30 odd other nearly identical vessels. We were wrong. Viking Hemming, along with twin Viking Torgil, also named in Douro, is the line’s [...]

Destination Spotlight: River Cruising Comes to Bordeaux

Is river cruising, particularly in Europe, becoming a victim of its own success? The question was on the minds of a few participants in our recent river-oriented Cruise Critic Live! chat, where there is some concern that this year’s explosion in new ship introductions will lead to congestion on the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Seine, Rhone [...]

Romance Tips from Love Boat Captain Gavin MacLeod

It’s natural that Gavin MacLeod, the legendary captain of “The Love Boat,” the now-classic television series filmed abroad and around Princess Cruises’ ships, has become cruising’s official expert on love at sea. That role, not to mention his long-term relationship with Princess Cruises as its romance spokesman, ties him indelibly to heart-shaped matters. On a recent trip to Sydney, where [...]

A Closer Look: What’s Happening With Wave Season?

At Tuesday night’s marvelous Avoya celebration in Carlsbad, California, honoring the family-owned agency’s 50 years in travel, Cruise Critic’s Michael Maher (far left) and Carolyn Spencer Brown (center) got a chance to catch up with Brad Anderson, company co-president, and his son Michael, one of the company’s third-generation executives. How’s “Wave Season” going from a [...]

Just Back From….Compagnie du Ponant: 6 Surprises – and 1 Revelation

Once geared pretty much entirely to the French, Compagnie du Ponant is working hard to court English-speaking passengers, ensuring that every cruise on every ship is bi-lingual, from menus to tours to safety drills.  The Marseilles-based luxury line has also launched three nearly identical 264-passenger ships in the past few years, with another slated for [...]

Planning a Cruise to Asia: Your First Steps

Photo courtesy of Teijo Niemela On the eve of my trip to Singapore to meet up with Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Soleal for a 12-night Indonesia-centric voyage, I’m reflecting on the pros – and cons – of traveling to Asia. In over ten years as chief editor of Cruise Critic, I’ve been to Asia just [...]

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