Live from…..Norwegian’s Pride of America: First Impressions

Aloha from Hawaii! We’re onboard Pride of America, the only big mainstream ship sailing weeklong itineraries in the Hawaiian islands — no long treks across the ocean by ship from the North American West Coast or the South Pacific. For this Cruise Critic editor, this trip represents a number of firsts: First time “freestyle cruising” […]

Destination Spotlight: Touring Independently on a Cruise in Norway

One of the most difficult parts of planning a cruise is figuring out what to do in port — especially if you don’t want to take the ship’s tours or organize a group to book an independently arranged tour in advance. Sometimes it’s hard to strike a balance between spontaneity and not missing out on […]

Introducing River Cruises From Scenic Tours

If you’ve never heard of Scenic Tours, don’t worry — I hadn’t either. The Australian river cruise line, part of a larger tour company, has only recently begun to market its cruises to North Americans; currently, the majority of its passengers are from Down Under. And if you’ve got the time for a two-week European […]

Hurricane Season on the Rhine?

When talking up the benefits of river cruising, we might mention calm waters (compared with ocean waves that can lead to seasickness) or the lack of hurricanes that will wreck your itinerary and drench you with rain. So imagine my surprise, on my first ever river cruise, a Rhine run on Scenic Cruises‘ Scenic Jewel, […]

Steal of the Week: Cruise the Western Caribbean From $71 Per Night

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: iCruise.com is offering a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise onboard Royal […]

Steal of the Week: Cruise the Eastern Mediterranean From $57 Per Night

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: American Discount Cruises & Travel is offering a seven-night Eastern […]

Steal of the Week: Cruise Alaska From $61 Per Night

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: American Discount Cruises & Travel is offering a seven-night Alaska […]

Steal of the Week: Cruise the Southern Caribbean From $71 Per Night

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: American Discount Cruises & Travel is offering a seven-night Southern […]

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