Deepest Africa isn’t a place normally associated with cruising. But on a small stretch of the Chobe River, a sometimes mile-wide waterway forming part of the border between Namibia and Botswana, there’s an unexpected and thriving boutique riverboat operation, the elegant, 28-passenger Zambezi Queen.
Apart from smoking and tipping, few other topics spark debate like what to wear onboard. It seems everyone and their great aunt has a view on whether you should dress up onboard. Which is why when Cunard — regarded as the most formal of all the lines — announced it is “loosening” its dress code [...]
We’ve all heard about the funny questions cruise passengers ask on big ships. “Do the crewmembers sleep on board?” Or “What time’s the midnight buffet?” And so on. But what about the more rugged types who favour small expedition ships? Let me tell you, the ask-before-you-think mentality is just the same. Here are some gems [...]
Have you ever had a falling out with your cabin attendant on a cruise? It’s an unusual event, as cabin stewards usually are the smiling, front-line points of contact passengers have with crew. But anybody can have an off day. From the sounds of the discussion on the Cruise Critic forums, member Cardqb and partner [...]
Celebrity Cruises’ five Solstice-class ships, the latest of which, Celebrity Reflection, is on its inaugural voyage, are famous in cruising circles for their distinctive half-acres of living lawn on the top deck. The lawns are venues for bocce, croquet, afternoon jazz or simply for lying on a blanket with a book.
Day one — Resolution: “I’ll avoid greasy, bacon- and sausage-laden breakfasts, I’ll only have salad for lunch and I’ll go to the gym every day.” Sign up for exercise classes. Sometime around day two or three -– Denial: “I’m too tired/hungover/sunburnt. I’ll take a day off from the gym today. I’m on a vacation and [...]
Freedom dining, my time dining, your time dining, personal choice dining — call it what you will. Most of the big cruise lines introduced this alternative to first or second sitting because passengers said they wanted more flexibility. People wanted to feel they had a choice of when they’d have dinner, just as those on [...]
Just when we thought the media coverage of cruise disasters had moved on, it’s back to haunt us. The bizarre story of Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer, who plans to build and launch a replica of Titanic to operate the transatlantic run between Britain and the U.S., was widely mocked when the announcement was made [...]« go back — keep looking »