Live From Celebrity Summit: First Impressions

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 [...]

Cruise Food Face-Off: Nobu vs. No Cooking

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 [...]

Where’s the Beef? Carnival Cruise Lines Scraps Porterhouse

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.

Norwegian Epic: ‘Excellent in So Many Ways,’ but…

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. [...]

Another Added Fee: Royal Caribbean’s Iconic Lounge Adds a La Carte Dining

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 [...]

Cookin’ ‘n’ Cruisin': Four Questions for the Food Network’s Daisy Martinez

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 [...]

Chew on This: Is Cruise Food Getting Worse?

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 [...]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: Slicing and Dicing in Cozumel

Schlocky T-shirts and cheap maracas from Mexico are never going to see the inside of my daypack. Call me a killjoy, but I much prefer to take home something I can put to good use in my real life. So what to do? Here’s what: During Royal Caribbean‘s Voyager of the Seas stop in Cozumel [...]

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