A Closer Look: Royal Caribbean Celebrates Oasis 3 Keel-Laying

If the most momentous surprise at today’s keel-laying for Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class ship was the announcement that company executives had just signed a contract for a fourth vessel in the series, it took nothing away from the real reason we’d traveled to STX France, the St. Nazaire-based shipyard. Here to attend Oasis 3’s keel-laying [...]

A Closer Look: Secrets of a Cruise Ship Lecturer

For my first lecture stint aboard a transatlantic cruise filled with British passengers bound for America, I laid out some folders, guides and maps relating to my topic, New York City. A couple of passengers came to the lectern for a chat, and I lost track of the collection, part of my personal archive of [...]

A Closer Look: British vs. American Cruises

I’ve just returned from a Caribbean cruise on P&O Cruises’ Ventura. It’s been a year since I was on a British ship and in between, I have found myself on a lot of U.S. ships (Carnival Sunshine, Royal Princess, Norwegian Breakaway and Getaway). While on Ventura, I realized how different the traditional U.K. cruise experience is, [...]

A Closer Look: Is a Cruise to Nowhere for You?

It’s no secret that weather woes have dominated the news this winter. From endless snows on the East Coast to bone-chilling temps down South to drought conditions in the West, it seems everyone is ready for a getaway, no matter how short. Enter the cruise to nowhere, called “CTN” on our member forums for short. [...]

A Closer Look: What It’s Like to Be Under Quarantine

Norovirus is in the news this week after passengers onboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas fell ill. Writer Sally MacMillan writes about an experience she had previously with Norovirus. When you’re sorting out your travel insurance just before you leave for a well-earned break, the possibility of lost luggage or missed connections might flash [...]

A Closer Look: What’s Happening With Wave Season?

At Tuesday night’s marvelous Avoya celebration in Carlsbad, California, honoring the family-owned agency’s 50 years in travel, Cruise Critic’s Michael Maher (far left) and Carolyn Spencer Brown (center) got a chance to catch up with Brad Anderson, company co-president, and his son Michael, one of the company’s third-generation executives. How’s “Wave Season” going from a [...]

Cruise Ship Webcams: The Original “Slow” TV?

Talk about your TV marathons: In Norway, as the dark nights draw in, entertainment is all about ‘slow TV’. Slow TV has been around since 2009 when Norwegian broadcaster NRK made a film in real time, several hours long, about a train journey over the mountains between Oslo and Bergen. Norwegians were riveted to their screens. [...]

5 Things to Expect on a Historical Theme Cruise

Step aboard the S.S. Legacy, Un-Cruise Adventures’ one-of-a-kind heritage-style ship, and prepare to enter a time warp. Added to the fleet in August, the 88-passenger vessel, previously named Spirit of ’98, focuses on historic programs onboard and in ports, following in the footsteps of early explorers, prospectors and pioneers along the Columbia and Snake rivers [...]

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