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 [...]

Readers Respond: Venice Bans Largest Cruise Ships

The days of huge cruise ships sailing up the central Giudecca Canal into St. Mark’s Basin in Venice are numbered. From January 2014 the number of vessels weighing more than 40,000 tons authorized to cross the Giudecca canal — in front of St Mark’s Square, in the heart of the city – will be cut by up to [...]

Live from Celebrity Equinox….First Impressions

You know “that feeling” – the one you get when you’re sitting on deck watching a big orange sun ooze down over a mountain range on the horizon? And the air temperature and breeze make your skin tingle after you take a dip in a deserted pool and then decide to hop in the hot [...]

Live from Royal Princess: A Wine Lovers Delight

Princess Cruises is getting serious about Tuscan wine. The first remarks from Diletta Frescobaldi, the guest of honor at the Wine Maker’s Dinner onboard Princess Cruises’ latest ship, Royal Princess, leave no question about her own authority on the subject (or, for that matter, her aristocratic heritage). “Our family has been making wine for more [...]

Video: Cruise Critic Member Airlifted After Heart Attack at Sea

Viewing this video through the lens of a helicopter’s night vision camera adds a “Zero Dark Thirty”-esque dramatic edge to what is, in many cases, a standard operating procedure: Airlifting an ailing passenger off of a cruise ship for land-based medical treatment. But despite the relative frequency of at-sea airlifts, it’s never an unexceptional event [...]

Videos From Hurricane Sandy: A Bumpy Ride Onboard Disney Fantasy

Passengers and crew onboard Disney Fantasy endured 30- to 50-foot waves over the course of 12 hours as the ship made its way to Port Canaveral through Hurricane Sandy. Below are two videos shot during a bumpy ride onboard Disney Fantasy on October 26-27.

Video: Cruise Ship Entertainer’s Flash-Mob Marriage Proposal

Danny Burns, the besotted Brit who posted the video above, arranged a unique shore excursion for his long-term girlfriend and fellow cruise ship entertainer, Shonagh Daly. The 36-year-old Sheffield native led a group of performers from Cunard’s Queen Victoria in a choreographed flash-mob routine that ended with a marriage proposal.

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