Winter Slushy Waves

Llamas, #TheDress, House of Cards – the Internet has been full of so many memes, it’s hard to keep track (Team WhiteGold for-eva). But the viral photos that have kept me mesmerized are the “slushy waves” released by Nantucket photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh. Appearing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and published in Stay Wild magazine, Jonathan’s […]

As Seen on TV: Cruise Ship Singer Carly Waddell on The Bachelor

Norwegians get roses….or at least one of them has been. Carly Waddell, a former cruise ship singer on Norwegian Jade, is a contestant on The Bachelor this season. So far the 29-year-old Texas blonde has made it through four rounds, with the goal of winning the heart of hunky farmer Chris Soules. In her official […]

Love It or Hate It? Carnival Corporation’s Super Bowl Ad

For a cruise company looking for buzz, there’s no better time to seize the national spotlight than during the Super Bowl. And that’s just what Carnival Corporation & plc did with its “Come Back to the Sea” ad last night. The ad represented the culmination of a new marketing push by Carnival Corp., the parent […]

Observed Onboard: UFOs at Sea?

Scanning the night sky from your balcony is one of the more romantic perks of being out on the high seas. Unless, of course, you see a UFO. That’s what happened to Cruise Critic member Bettyandmartin on an Emerald Princess cruise earlier this month. While admiring the stars off the Yucatan Peninsula, she and her […]

Just Back From… Costa neoRiviera: 5 Things to Know About “Neo”

It’s a dilemma all cruise lines face: How do you update and refresh smaller ships that physically aren’t able to compete with the shinier and larger vessels plying the marketplace? With neoRiviera (and several other “neo” flagged ships in its fleet), Costa has made the smart decision to remake the cruising experience itself to cater […]

Destination Spotlight: 8 Quintessential Things to Do in Dubai

Not exactly known for its subtlety, Dubai comes at you with a host of superlatives. All developments in this construction-happy city seem to have an -st on the end (biggest, largest, most expensive, etc.). Designer labels and high-end brand names dominate; even the police officers drive Ferraris. Yet the Las Vegas of the Middle East […]

Observed Onboard: Wedding Photo Shoots Gone Mad

The first time the four brides showed up for the cruise ship tender in their wedding finest, we were entranced. Our group, onboard Louis Olympia (redubbed Celestyal Olympia just this week) for a four-night sailing around the Greek Isles, called out "congrats" to the beaming couples as we prepared to disembark for Mykonos. "They aren’t […]

Take a Chocolate Journey: Princess Pairs with Norman Love

The world, it seems, has gone crazy for chocolate. And we’re not talking Reese’s here. Sales of premium chocolate, the kind where cacao counts and cocoa “terroir” are proudly marked, are up around the globe, particularly in luxury-minded countries within Asia such as China and Japan. At least that’s the message that chocolatier Norman Love […]

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