Member Review of the Week: Traditional vs. Freestyle Dining

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Getaway Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: Alwaazl8 Background: As a seasoned Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruiser, Alwaazl8 enjoyed the two cruise lines’ offerings — including the traditional cruise dining style of set dining times and tablemates. But Norwegian’s freestyle atmosphere sparked Alwaazl8’s curiosity, and they decided to test the waters on Norwegian Getaway. […]

Member Review of the Week: Spring Break Sun, Sand & Solitude

Cruise Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas Itinerary: Western Caribbean Member: kinesiologynerd Background: A pair of empty deck chairs and two pina coladas were calling kinesiologynerd’s and his girlfriend’s name, when the college couple snagged a Spring Break deal on Independence of the Seas. As first time cruisers, they decided to test the waters […]

Member Review of the Week: A Perfect Match

Cruise Ship: Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: NJtripper Background: Steering clear of recreational activities and over-the-top formal nights, seasoned cruisers NJtripper and her husband found their perfect match on Regent Seven Seas’ 490-passenger ship. They were aiming for an intimate cruise experience with first-class service, peace and quiet and a flavorful itinerary […]

Member Review of the Week: Living the Suite Life

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Jewel Itinerary: Western Caribbean Member: golfingfool Background: Norwegian’s Garden Villa had tempted golfingfool for too long — so with the kids grown up and nothing to lose, he splurged on the suite for their group of seven. While the cost initially was a concern, the memories proved to be […]

Member Review of the Week: Stepping Out of Your “Ship Size” Comfort Zone

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: Still Dreaming Background: Big cruise ships can be intimidating, no matter how many times you’ve been on one. Like Cruise Critic member Still Dreaming, you can study deck plans and watch countless tour videos, but there’s nothing like exploring the ship on your own. […]

Member Review of the Week: The Rest is History

Cruise Ship: Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess Itinerary: Panama Canal and Central America Member: crcaldwell Background: Crcaldwell thought he’d found a cruise line for the long haul, until a recent sailing aboard Coral Princess changed everything. The ship’s timeless decor, attentive staff and simple surprises like champagne service on the balcony were a perfect match for […]

Member Review of the Week: Marveling in the Mediterranean

Ship: Holland America’s Ryndam Itinerary: Mediterranean Member: LilRoo Background: Inspired by Ryndam’s exotic itineraries, LilRoo booked a 28-day cruise from Istanbul to Tampa. The ship’s 1,266-passenger capacity and traditional ambiance was a nice balance for their adventures throughout Turkey, Italy, Spain and other ports of call — most of which were booked independently. Read on […]

Member Review of the Week: Solo in South America

Cruise Ship: Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess Itinerary: South America and Antarctica Member: ccastner Background: This Rio-to-Valparaiso cruise was two years in the making. So when solo cruiser ccastner finally decided to take the plunge, he knew exactly what he needed to plan the perfect vacation — which included a balcony cabin (see why, below). Between […]

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