Destination Spotlight: Tulips of the Netherlands

There is, perhaps, no more stereotypically Dutch landscape than what you’ll see on the way to the Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands’ most famous fields of tulips. Windmills, both modern and vintage, dot the roadside, and the water they help manage is everywhere. Over half of The Netherlands, or “Low Countries,” lies at or below sea [...]

Live from….Avalon Poetry II: First Impressions

As part of the dual christening ceremonies with Avalon Impression, I had the chance to spend three nights on Avalon Poetry II, cruising from Cologne, Germany to Amsterdam. Below is a selection of my first impressions of “the ship,” made before its godmother – British three-time Olympic silver medalist and gold medal rower at the London 2012 [...]

Live from….Vantage River Venture: First Impressions

I’m sailing north from Versailles on Vantage’s River Venture, and I’m watching the church spires and willow trees of the northern French countryside slip slowly past us as we move along upstream. It’s part of the company’s effort to preview the ship’s new home on the Seine (Launched last year, River Venture sailed its first [...]

Video: Can a Cruise Ship Be Cut in Half?

You know the classic trick where the magician puts someone in a box, saws them in half and then puts them back together again? Well, have you ever seen the trick performed on a cruise ship? No, not during the magician’s act onboard … we mean it’s the ship itself! In the video above, the [...]

What’s On Your “Must Pack” List?

Most of us have that one treasured item we just can’t live without — even when we’re headed away on holiday. We make sure our “can’t live without” item finds its way into the bag, even if something more essential has to be left behind. We here at Cruise Critic have a theory, based on [...]

Countdown to Launch: Norwegian Getaway

It’s nearly time. Next week will be the first chance the public gets onboard to see Norwegian Cruise Lines‘ latest ship,Norwegian Getaway. After a handful of inaugural events in Europe, Getaway will make its way via New York and Super Bowl XLVIII (where it will double as a beer-themed hotel) to its homeport in Miami. We’ll [...]

Lucky Puppy: Finse Tours the World with Viking Cruises

The adorable golden lab in the photo is called Finse, and she’s one lucky pup. Aristocratic by birth and quickly becoming one of the world’s most travelled dogs, Finse is also the star of a children’s book series. Not bad for a one year-old. Finse was born into a life of privilege in Highclere Castle [...]

Live from…ms Gerard Schmitter

    I’m onboard CroisiEurope’s ship, Gerard Schmitter, heading down the Rhine from Cologne to Strasbourg, in the company of travel agents and other industry professionals. I’ve been on river boats before, but never Croisi – so here I share with you a handful of things that stood out about the ship and the line as [...]

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