River Cruising, African-Style?

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.

Royal Princess’ ‘Love Boat’ Horn: More Than an Incredibly Catchy Tune?

On our recent shipyard tour of the nearly finished Royal Princess, the all-new feature that generated the most buzz wasn’t the tweaked mini-suite design, the size and breadth of the expanded piazza or even the spiffy Princess Live! entertainment venue.

Is Titanic II an Elaborate Hoax?

Australian multi-millionaire rock-er Clive Palmer has been continent-hopping to promote Titanic II, a 55,000-ton, 2,435-passenger replica ocean liner set to launch in 2016. The drip campaign began in April around the 100th anniversary of the original doomed voyage. Revelations have been made about No. Two’s three-class setup, its vintage gymnasium reminiscent of a medieval torture [...]

12 Things You Never Thought You’d Hear on an Expedition Cruise

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 [...]

Cliche Souffle: Paula Deen Staffer Knocks Cruise on Twitter

If your boss took you on a theme cruise — her theme cruise — would you knock it in public? According to Us Weekly, that’s what Brandon Branch — personal assistant to Southern cooking chef and TV personality Paula Deen — did while he was onboard the Paula Deen & Family cruise. Branch tweeted from [...]

Super Bowl Predictions From 5 Cruise Line Execs

It’s one of cruising’s best U.S. homeports — so we’re picking New Orleans to win Super Bowl XLVII. But since no sportsbook would entertain such a bet, Cruise Critic reached out to top execs from Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Holland America and Oceania Cruises for their prognostications.

The Most Hated Cruise Line ‘Added Fee’

These days, experiencing a mega-ship’s full raft of options requires a willingness to pay extra — at the for-fee alternative restaurant, for the late-night room service and pizza delivery, for the opportunity to wear a bathrobe. Sure, these extras are optional, but there are still certain fees that leave cruisers emotionally spent.

Giveaway: The Man of 1,000 Cruises

After 1,000 cruises, it’s fair to say Douglas Ward has an opinion or two. One of the most esteemed names in cruise writing, Ward has spent more than 30 years taking scrupulous notes and making honest appraisals of main dining room cuisine, cruise ship cabins and at-sea service. (That’s after years working on ships in [...]

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