New Cruise Critic member BermudaMopedGuy from Alabama is a fast learner. After just two sailings, the native of Tuscumbia, Al (birthplace of Helen Keller) already understands the value of Carnival’s Bon Voyage program. Smuggling hard liquor onboard is officially against The Rules. Pre-purchasing liters of gin, vodka and whiskey from the line is not. According [...]
After touring the newly refurbished Celebrity Summit, which has received a number of Solstice-class upgrades (that is, it’s been “Solsticized” ), one thing became utterly apparent: This is one elegant ship … save for some remaining traces of its renovation, which the above photo shows. The public spaces and cabins have been updated with new [...]
This week, two luxury cruise lines made special food-themed announcements. Crystal Cruises — which has had a partnership with master chef Nobu Matsuhisa since 2003 — announced that, during his annual sailing, Nobu will participate in a number of enrichment activities for passengers, including nightly appearances, a cooking demo, autograph signings and more. Several hours [...]
The economy’s been bad. We’ve heard it a million times. Cruise lines have been facing a bit of a conundrum as a result: how to keep cruise prices low without sacrificing quality. It seems that, sometimes, it just can’t be done without some cutbacks.
Cruise Critic readers are nothing if not straight shooters, so we weren’t surprised by Comitis‘ honest appraisal of a recent Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Epic. In her critique, one of five reviews of the week, she raved about the brilliant entertainment (think Blue Man Group and Second City comedy), but chided some of the chow. [...]
Ka-ching? Splendour of the Seas‘ Viking Crown Lounge (VCL), the circular top-ship space easily identifiable on every Royal Caribbean vessel, has been transformed into a for-fee tapas bar. The 15-year-old ship recently emerged from a five-week, $50 million refurb that included the addition of iPads in every cabin, a nursery and a half dozen new [...]
We know what you’re thinking: What does a Food Network chef have to do with cruising? Well, everything, if you’re on one of Celebrity’s Savor Your Destination culinary theme cruises. Enter Daisy Martinez, star of the network’s “Viva Daisy!,” a show focusing on home-style meals with a Latin flair. Brooklyn-based Martinez was weary about the [...]
After Charlie Palmer parted ways with Seabourn recently, I wondered: So what? Does it make a difference? Then we looked around at the other celeb chef/cruise line partnerships out there (Jacques Pepin and Oceania, etc.) and asked readers which one they could live without. The result: a collective shrug (the most popular response was to [...]« go back — keep looking »