Live from Azamara Journey … Hits and Misses

We’re onboard Azamara Club Cruises’ ship Azamara Journey, sailing the Greek Isles and Turkish coast between Istanbul and Athens. The premium line, part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s stable of companies, prides itself on its destination-immersion programs as well as its friendly and efficient service. We’re pleased to report that so far Azamara has […]

Dispatch from Greece: Recession in the Background

The caravan of cruise line coaches, chartered by Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea, snaked its way up the Greek mountains to the famed monasteries of Meteora. Here, certainly, tourism seemed as healthy as ever. Penny Gripeou, a licensed guide who drove five hours from Athens to Volos to lead our tour with Azamara, nodded. “The […]

Q and A with Kate McCue, the Cruise Industry’s First American Female Captain

Celebrity Cruises broke down boundaries this week by naming Kate McCue the new captain of Celebrity Summit. At 37, McCue is the first American female to captain a mega-cruise ship and will take the helm of Summit in August. We asked her a few questions about her favorite sailing destination, the ships that she’s worked […]

8 Tips for Cruising To Greece During the Greek Financial Crisis

With Greek voters giving European austerity measures a resounding no this weekend, cruisers with upcoming Greek sailings have been wondering: How should we prepare for a trip to Athens and the islands during the Greek financial crisis? Here at Cruise Critic, we’re going ahead with a planned sailing on Azamara Journey later this month that […]

Live from Carnival Triumph: Four Reasons to Take a Four-Day Cruise

After spending the past few days on Carnival Triumph, we’re convinced short, four-day “taster” cruises are a great introduction to what life at sea is all about. (And now that the U.S. government is phasing out “cruises to nowhere,” these short voyages, which only stop in one or two ports, are likely to become more […]

Is Free Room Service on Its Way Out?

One of the long-standing perks of cruising has been the ability to have food magically appear at your cabin, at any hour of the day. I remember the delight my sister and I felt on our first cruise, a Western Caribbean voyage on Carnival Fantasy, when we realized that we could order a cheese plate […]

Just Back From… Cuba Cruise, Hits and Misses

The Canadian company Cuba Cruise has made waves these past two years by being the only cruise line to offer seven-night Havana-to-Havana circumnavigations of the Caribbean’s largest island. It was also in the right place at the right time when President Obama loosened travel restrictions for Americans, partnering right away with people-to-people organizations to offer […]

Were You April Fooled?

If you’re anything like us, you spent most of yesterday either avoiding the Internet or reading everything with a skeptical eye. Several of our Cruise Critic members got into the act with April Fools’ Day pranks of their own. Our favorite? The announcement of “Carnivore Class” on Celebrity Cruises’ upcoming Edge Class ships, cleverly written […]

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