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 [...]

Amazon River Cruising: Hits & Misses

If you’re a river cruising veteran and are searching for something similar in South America, let me tell you this: A trip down the Amazon – the world’s longest river —  is nothing like trawling the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, or any other European tributary. Pretty much the only thing it shares in common is [...]

A Closer Look: Regent Looks to Build the Perfect Bathroom

Want to get cruise travelers riled up? Design a bad bathroom for a new cruise ship. Some memorable miscues over the past few years include: *The controversial split sink/toilet combo on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Epic (the former actually situated inside the cabin, the latter behind its own four walls). *The short showers on Oceania [...]

Packing Challenge: An Adventure Cruise to the Amazon

Preparing for my latest voyage, the packing checklist looks a lot like the usual, at least on the surface. New shoes? Absolutely. A few new items of clothing? Why not. Camera, raincoat, Kindle, are also among the staples I lug around from cruise to cruise. But this is no “normal” voyage. On this trip — my [...]

Live from….Costa Luminosa: 5 Things I Learned Onboard

Costa Cruises’ Costa Luminosa heads across the Atlantic in a few weeks, where it will trade its Mediterranean base for one out of Miami, sailing 10-night western Caribbean itineraries throughout the winter. I wondered: Will this ship, which has been geared to the Italy-based cruise line’s traditional, pan-European base appeal to fellow North Americans looking [...]

Live from…Queen Mary 2: Hits, Misses & a Few So-Sos

Cruise Critic’s Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown took a transatlantic voyage last week on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. This is her third and final dispatch from the high seas. Read the first and second posts. When Cunard Line debuted Queen Mary 2 in 2004, it was a ship of many firsts. Among the distinctions: At [...]

Live from….Queen Mary 2: Sea Day Satisfaction

Cruise Critic’s Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown is taking a transatlantic voyage this week on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. This is her second dispatch from the high seas. Read the first one and stay tuned for more installments. So far, every day onboard Queen Mary 2 I’ve felt just a little bit lighter than the [...]

Live from….Queen Mary 2: Will a Transatlantic Cruise be Boring?

Cruise Critic’s Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown is taking a transatlantic voyage this week on the Queen Mary 2. Stay tuned for installments of her trip. When a plane can zip over the vast Atlantic in 6 ½ hours (or slightly more, or less, depending on where you’re headed) why on earth would you choose a method that takes [...]

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