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.

Roll Call: Meet & Mingle Aboard Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager

From left to right, Cruise Critic memebers SF Bill, his partner Wes, BeachTango, Robb and Cruise Critic Executive Editor Carolyn Spencer Brown Onboard a bucket list cruise over the next two weeks on Regent Seven Seas’ Voyager, we’ll start at Istanbul and finish up in Egypt’s Safaga by way of Greece, Cyprus, Israel, and Jordan. [...]

Should We Be Worried About Dirty Cruise Ships?

Should we be worried about dirty cruise ships? When the news got out September 24 that a cruise ship belonging to the venerable fleet of Holland America Line flunked a vessel sanitation inspection, much hand wringing ensued. Did this inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean that the cruise industry, which has [...]

Would You Book This ‘Bad Balcony,’ Take 3?

As noted in previous “bad balcony” posts, there’s no such thing as a truly awful verandah — though some are definitely worse than others. On a blustery Atlantic crossing on HAL‘s Maasdam, there was nothing physically wrong with our balcony, but the gale force winds made it impossible to go outside. I’m just not a [...]

Six Months After: Where Has Costa Concordia Taken Us?

This July day, which eerily enough is also Friday the 13th, marks six months — we hesitate to use the word anniversary, which typically is a more joyful occasion — since Costa Concordia capsized off Italy’s island of Giglio. If anyone really thought that the tragedy would have receded in our minds after a half [...]

In a Rush? This Passport Mistake Could Cost You

One oft-forgotten rule of international travel is that many countries won’t allow you to enter if your passport’s expiration date is less than six months away. It certainly was a rule that I forgot about until I was reminded by a cruise line that my European voyage next month would be null and void if [...]

Would You Book This ‘Bad Balcony?’

I’ve long subscribed to the sentiment that there’s no such thing as a bad cruise ship balcony — but my opinion might be changing. Onboard the brand-new MSC Divina in a forward-facing balcony cabin, you understand the need for the pictured wall of windows: It’s to protect occupants from the blustery winds that front-of-ship cabins [...]

Is MSC the New Norwegian?

Over on Facebook and Twitter, we had some fun discussions about MSC Cruises and its newest ship, Divina, which departed from the shipyard at St. Nazaire, France, on Saturday. One Cruise Critic poster called the Switzerland-based MSC the Carnival of Europe. It’s not. Costa, which is actually owned by Carnival Corp., gets that nod; it [...]

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