Model Cruiser Builds a Following on Cruise Critic

When does a hobby become an obsession? That’s the first question that pops to mind when I’m reading the impressively detailed answers to a series of questions I’ve asked Jan Indekeu, also known as Modelbuilder on Cruise Critic’s forums. Jan prefers to go by John when talking to English-speakers (he’s Belgian) — just to make [...]

What if Norwegian Breakaway’s Hull Was Designed By …

The first rendering of Peter Max’s Norwegian Breakaway hull has garnered mixed reviews. It’s the first cruise ship hull ever designed by a famous artist, so, naturally, we wondered: What if NCL had asked another art icon to tackle the massive project? Not that our four suggested picks are up to the task (they’re dead), [...]

Norwegian Breakaway and Peter Max Ignite One Hull of a Debate

NCL‘s striking hull designs — featuring jewels, flowers, a radiating sun — have become something of a calling card. But none of the line’s previous liveries could have prepared us for Norwegian Breakaway, whose Peter Max-designed paint work was officially unveiled Tuesday.

The Best Cruise Tradition We’d Never Heard of

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 [...]

A Stormy Relationship: What Is It With You “I’s”?

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, over the past 11 years, those ornery “I” storms have been among the most destructive of the Atlantic hurricanes. Seven “I” names [...]

Photo: Anatomy of a Galapagos Cruise Ship

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 [...]

Day Spa Vu: Expanded Spas on New Princess and Celebrity Ships Strikingly Similar

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.

Contest: Win a Parrot; Cruise Without Leaving Home

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 [...]

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