The Early Word on Royal Princess: Hits & Misses

After days of hype over Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess, culminating in an elegant and truly moving naming ceremony with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as godmother, it’s time to focus on what’s ultimately the most important thing: What’s the ship really like? As a prototype — cruise industry parlance for a new design, rather than [...]

What does a Royal Godmother Mean to You?

As we count down to the christening festivities Thursday for Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, featuring Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, we wondered: Does a royal godmother trump a celebrity? Mostly, yes. Some 54 percent of Cruise Critic members who voted in our recent poll said absolutely, the mix of royalty and cruise ships is a winning [...]

Royal Princess’ ‘Love Boat’ Horn: More Than an Incredibly Catchy Tune?

On our recent shipyard tour of the nearly finished Royal Princess, the all-new feature that generated the most buzz wasn’t the tweaked mini-suite design, the size and breadth of the expanded piazza or even the spiffy Princess Live! entertainment venue.

Snagging a Guinness World Record Isn’t Easy

With a naming ceremony introducing eight new ships in just one day, Viking River Cruises joins an illustrious collection of Guinness World Records’ competitions that includes the fastest half marathon pushing a pram, the highest reverse bungee jump, the largest collection of (air) sick bags – and – the heaviest weight lifted by tongue. As [...]

Line to Compensate Cruisers After Detouring to Save Shipwrecked Sailor

The following post first appeared on Conde Nast Traveler’s The Daily Traveler blog. Should cruise passengers be compensated when their voyage goes off-course because of a search-and-rescue mission? That’s the question we’re pondering today, in response to the dramatic rescue effort of Orion Expeditions‘ officers and crew when they went to a lot of trouble [...]

What do you remember about Costa Concordia?

It’s hard to believe that Sunday marks the first anniversary of the tragic capsizing of Costa Concordia, an event in which 32 people died and scores were injured. In the ensuing year, we have learned the ship’s captain might face manslaughter charges and Costa Concordia, which still lies on its side and is part of [...]

“Downton Abbey’s” Many Links to Cruising

Even if none of the main characters from the spectacularly popular “Downton Abbey,” part of the PBS’ series Masterpiece, have stepped foot onto a cruise ship gangway, the show still has some surprising connections to cruising. As any fan of the series, which begins its third season premier on January 6, will recall, the original [...]

Sea Days or Pacing Your Ports?

Onboard Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager’s repositioning cruise, from Istanbul to Egypt’s Safaga, our 14-day itinerary factors in just one day at sea (a transit of the Suez Canal). I’m definitely thinking we are going to have to pace ourselves.

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