Just Back From… Quantum of the Seas: Fitness Onboard

There was a time when the fitness area on a cruise ship was roughly the size of a closet. Equipment consisted of a few rusty pneumatic machines, a self-propelled treadmill or two and maybe a giant stationary air bike that produced more noise than sweat. Thankfully, cruise lines got the message that their passengers wanted […]

5 Discoveries From Our Paul Gauguin Cruise Through Tahiti

Tahiti is the experience of a lifetime for many people, myself included. So when the opportunity to sail Paul Gauguin Cruises’ flagship vessel, Paul Gauguin, arose, I jumped at it. I hit the Cruise Critic message boards and member reviews to learn more about the line and the ship, and I started forming that mental […]

Countdown to Quantum: Chef Michael Schwartz Takes on Big Role

Michael Schwartz is a James Beard Award-winning chef of international renown. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, his Miami-based flagship restaurant that focuses on fresh, locally sourced food, is packed pretty much every day of the week, filled with diners who love sharing plates of items like kimchi, crispy hominy and deviled eggs.  Now, foodies and […]

Live From Viking Mani: Four Reasons Why River Cruising is a Great First-Timers’ Experience

On our first day onboard our Rhine River cruise on Viking Cruises’ newest ship, Viking Mani, Program Manager Rene van Loon greeted the 187 passengers with a big smile, hearty laugh and a telling question: How many of you have taken a cruise of any kind before?

Six Cruise Line Bartenders Mix It Up in Battle for the Best

On Friday night, talented mixologists were contending for the best bartender crown in the finals of the Bacardi Cruise Competition.

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 […]

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