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 […]

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 […]

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