There isn’t a vessel around that commands the “floating island” cliché like the 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis-class twins, which are some 40 percent larger than the next biggest cruise ships and feature at-sea Central Parks, Boardwalks, zip-lining and AquaTheaters. But these destinations unto themselves still cruise somewhere — six Caribbean ports capable of docking the beasts [...]
Alongside the staple at-sea fears — the demonic Caribbean sun, ocean squalls and the drunken passenger who mistakes your cabin for his — is a new at-sea terror: added fees. Cheekiness aside, we’ve rounded up seven surcharges representing the frightening new normal of cruise pricing. Are the charges optional? Sure. But that doesn’t lessen our [...]
NCL revealed last week that a third Breakaway-class ship will debut, in fall 2015. It’s currently called Breakaway Plus in reference to its added girth — the 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship will be some 11 percent larger than its 146,600-ton, 4,000-passenger half-sisters, Norwegian Breakaway (2013) and Norwegian Getaway (2014).
On today’s cruise ships, added fees are appearing in venues where nary an extra nickel or dime was once extracted. Bars serve up-charge sliders. Buffets levy nominal fees for fondue and crab. A public (cruise ship) lawn turns into pricey village green. Even waiting in line has gotten more expensive. (Base cruise fares, as readers [...]
Savvy cruisers know that smart packing means one thing: coming prepared for every at-sea eventuality. Even if that means bringing the hot sauce the ship doesn’t carry. (Just don’t bring these.)
When Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reported Wednesday that a deal to build a third Oasis-class ship was imminent, Royal Caribbean was quick to respond. “We don’t comment on rumors,” spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said, “and at this time, it’s just a rumor.”
Celebrity Cruises‘ new President and CEO, Michael Bayley, has taken to the Cruise Critic message boards — minus the pun-y alias. The time for questions is over, but Bayley has been diligently slogging through the hundreds of reader posts about poolside movie screens, aging vessels and the deafening music some think has invaded Celebrity’s lounges [...]
Lloyd’s List, the 250-plus-year-old maritime institution, has announced the winner of its 2012 Seafarer of the Year Award: Costa Concordia’s crew. Minus the captain, that is. Francesco Schettino, who has been roundly condemned for his well-publicized role in the January disaster, does not share in the prestigious award. He’s accused of causing a shipwreck, abandoning [...]« go back — keep looking »