Next time, I’ll use the Pony Express. A letter dropped off July 13 at the Galapagos’ famous barrel-cum-mailbox in Post Office Bay still hadn’t arrived after almost a month. Tradition is to blame. For centuries, mariners visiting the famous Ecuadorian isles have relied on the unspoken duty of fellow pirates, whalers and now cruisers to [...]
Blame Isaac for scattering Caribbean-based cruise ships, upending tightly coordinated shipping schedules and deluging popular ports. But apparently, none of this should come as a surprise. According to a recent blog on Weather.com, over the past 11 years, those ornery “I” storms have been among the most destructive of the Atlantic hurricanes. Seven “I” names [...]
Sand is highly corrosive. Excursions in the Galapagos often begin or end on a beach head scattered with sea lions (and their scat). So the stern platform on the 48-passenger La Pinta it outfitted with handheld showerheads. Just up the stairs, wetsuits and mesh snorkel bags hang to dry. In the small lobby, a goodie [...]
It must be hard for cruise lines to outdo each other with their spa offerings, when the majority of ship spas are operated by just one company, Steiner Leisure. Case in point: Two recent announcements about the expanded spa offerings on Celebrity and Princess‘ next new ships sounded eerily similar.
If you’re desperate for a cruise fix, try our 10-step guide to turning your home into a ship. Too many steps? Slurping a frozen drink from a parrot’s head works, too. Carnival sent us a sampling of its whimsical Drink of the Day souvenir glasses, available for a fee onboard it ships … but free [...]
The SeaWalk is a motorized, floating pier that saw its first primetime action Saturday when Cunard’s 2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth anchored in Skjokden, Norway. The 720-foot-long, 15-foot wide mobile dock looks like a piece from an industrial erector set, its three segments unlatched and unfolded into flamboyant “Z.”
Day one — Resolution: “I’ll avoid greasy, bacon- and sausage-laden breakfasts, I’ll only have salad for lunch and I’ll go to the gym every day.” Sign up for exercise classes. Sometime around day two or three -– Denial: “I’m too tired/hungover/sunburnt. I’ll take a day off from the gym today. I’m on a vacation and [...]
We’ve covered the topic of deck chair hogs quite a bit. They came in second in our poll about the worst onboard evildoers, and there are countless threads on the Cruise Critic message boards lamenting their very existence. But, really, what’s being done about it?« go back — keep looking »