Just Off the Gangway….Regal Princess: Hits and Misses

Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Regal Princess, hit the seas for the first time May 22, sailing Mediterranean itineraries through Greece, Italy, Croatia and Turkey. Regal Princess is a virtual twin of Royal Princess, which debuted in June 2013.  Like its sister ship, Regal has the same large Grand Piazza, large theater with palladium seating and [...]

Live from….Regal Princess: Stranded (Briefly) in Santorini

Cruise Critic Managing Editor Colleen McDaniel is onboard Regal Princess this week, on the ship’s inaugural voyage in the eastern Mediterranean. Today, high winds of 80 knots outside Santorini, Greece, forced the ship to temporarily abandon its tender port to move to safer waters – leaving almost 2,000 people ashore. Here are some of Colleen’s [...]

A Closer Look: Carnival Live! Concert Series

Carnival announced its Carnival Live! concert series with a lot of fanfare — and help from Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson back in January. The idea was simple and cool: Musicians, like Jewel and REO Speedwagon, would perform on one of the line’s ships while docked in either Nassau or Cozumel. Passengers could pay $20-$40 for regular [...]

Live from…American Empress: 5 Things to Love

American Queen Steamboat Company’s newest ship, American Empress, made a soft debut this week, sailing an itinerary from Spokane, Washington, to Portland, Oregon, ahead of the ship’s christening Saturday. AQSC, which launched fleetmate American Queen in 2012 on the Mississippi River, bought Empress of the North in spring 2013 and has meticulously refurbished the paddlewheel [...]

Just Back From….Celebrity Summit: 5 Things that Surprised Me – and 1 That Didn’t

Before boarding Celebrity Summit last week in Puerto Rico, I felt like I had a pretty good idea about what to expect. After all, I’d sailed on two of the line’s newer, bigger ships: Equinox and Reflection. I expected the touches that make a ship “Celebrity,” and I got them: Comfy seating at the pools; [...]

Live from: MSC Divina

MSC Divina is making its debut sailing from its new Miami homeport. The Italian line, which generally has plied the waters of the Mediterranean, is dipping its toe in the Caribbean in a big way, offering deals and holding contests to entice North American travelers to a product relatively unfamiliar to this market. MSC hasn’t [...]

5 Things That Intrigued Me on My First River Cruise

After years on the high seas, I’ve finally given river cruising a try. My first sailing is on Amadeus Silver, the newest ship in the Amadeus by Lueftner Cruises’ fleet. I never go into anything without doing research, and working at Cruise Critic means I read and talk about river cruising all the time — [...]

We Try It: Snorkeling Excursion in Alaska

As I boarded the creaky bus, my tour guide smiled and asked the gathered throngs, “Who’s ready for some snorkeling?” The response was energetic, if not a little nervous. We arrived at the dive shop, where another pleasantly over-caffeinated guide pronounced it was time for “island music.”  With Jimmy Buffet blaring, the mood turned jovial [...]

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