Just Back From….Tauck’s Inspire: First Impressions

Having never been on a European river cruise, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I boarded Tauck River Cruising’s newest boat, ms Inspire, for a nine-day trip through the Netherlands and Belgium. But it didn’t take long to figure out what river cruising, Tauck style, was all about. Here are my first impressions of […]

Wining & Dining: Setting Up a Seder on a River Cruise

Tauck passenger Marcy Silverman makes fried matazh for me the first morning of Passover aboard ms Inspire. Try explaining a Seder plate to someone who barely understands what Passover is. Not an easy task but one I found myself undertaking on a recent river cruise aboard Tauck’s newest boat, ms Inspire. The second-to-last night of […]

We Try It: Massage on a Riverboat

Massages in the United States and on major oceangoing cruise lines are rather straightforward: Arms, legs, neck and back. On a European river ship, though, you have to watch out for more B’s: the belly and elsewhere (I’ll let you figure out what else starts with B!) Having your tummy rubbed is a strange sensation […]

We Try It: T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan

It may not have been as historically significant as Neil Armstrong transmitting the message “One small step for man,” but last Friday, when I texted my husband “Just landed” from the runway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam for free, it felt like the dawn of a new era. Since then I’ve been channeling my inner […]

Quiz: How Romantic Are You on Cruise Ships?

This Valentine’s Day, we’re hoping that you’re heading out on a cruise with the love of your life (or maybe you’ll be surprised by tickets for your next romantic getaway). Cruise ships offer plenty of opportunities for romance. So we figured we’d ask: How many of these cheesy romantic cruise clichés have you indulged in?  […]

We Try It: Cruise Line Onboard Texting Apps

On a recent cruise aboard Norwegian Breakaway,  I experienced a taste of what I believe onboard communication technology will one day look like. A group of friends and I decided to download Norwegian Cruise Line’s iConcierge phone app, which among other things allows you to text and call people onboard the ship without having to […]

We Try It: Ionithermie Spa Treatments

When someone tells me I can lose four to eight inches off my thighs and all I have to do is lay there, well, I’m all ears. So when I first began hearing about Ionithermie cellulite reduction treatments on cruise lines a couple of years ago, I couldn’t help but pay attention. According to spa […]

Here Come The Storms: Hurricane Day 2013

Lest anyone think we’ve escaped the Atlantic hurricane season unscathed, Cruise Critic is here to remind you the season is really only just getting started. You see, September is actually the month often described as the height of “Cape Verde Season,” when the winds start picking up near the Cape Verde islands and gradually gain […]

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