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 […]

My First Cruise on Princess: Six Cool Touches

I fell for cruising long before I joined the Cruise Critic staff. My first cruise was a Western Caribbean itinerary onboard Carnival Sensation, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Over the years, I had sailed a number of lines, including every major U.S. mainstream line — except Princess. It wasn’t intentional avoidance. Somehow, it just […]

Q and A: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas

Cruise Critic just got off a one-night preview sailing of Royal Caribbean International‘s Grandeur of the Seas, returning to service for the first time since a May 27 fire damaged the aft of the ship and sent it to dry dock for repairs. Grandeur of the Seas begins sailing full itineraries out of Baltimore on […]

In Search of a Decent Room Service Breakfast

I’ve pictured it a thousand times: sun shining, waves lapping against the side of the ship as I enjoy my perfect breakfast on my cruise balcony. A thousand times. Maybe more. The reality, though, is while nature might have cooperated, I’ve never had the perfect room service breakfast on a cruise. At best, I’ve had […]

Dining Debate: Why I Choose Assigned Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagrees on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing […]

We’re At Sea: Answers to Your Questions About Norwegian Breakaway

On Tuesday, Cruise Critic hosted a live chat about Norwegian Breakaway. We had a great time interacting with readers, who asked fantastic questions. In fact, some of them were so good, we didn’t know the answers. So when we got onboard Breakaway on Wednesday, we made sure to find out all we could for you.

We’re at Sea: Super Bowl Sunday Edition

We’re at sea for a football (and futbol) theme cruise that gives passengers who pay extra the opportunity to meet former NFL and soccer players in a much more intimate setting as part of a Super Bowl sailing on Royal Caribbean‘s Jewel of the Seas. Here’s a look at Day 1, in pictures:

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