Lest anyone think we’ve escaped the Atlantic hurricane season unscathed, Cruise Critic is here to remind you the season is really only just getting started. You see, September is actually the month often described as the height of “Cape Verde Season,” when the winds start picking up near the Cape Verde islands and gradually gain [...]
Cruise Critic just got off a one-night preview sailing of Royal Caribbean International‘s Grandeur of the Seas, returning to service for the first time since a May 27 fire damaged the aft of the ship and sent it to dry dock for repairs. Grandeur of the Seas begins sailing full itineraries out of Baltimore on [...]
Remember when rock climbing walls were the next big thing? With Royal Caribbean‘s reveal of Quantum of the Seas highlights — such as skydiving, a floating pod and virtual balconies — it’s safe to say this trend of one-upsmanship could eventually lead to something even bigger (onboard white-water rafting, anyone?) So what does “bigger” actually [...]
On June 10 and 11, Celebrity Cruises brought a surprise to New Yorkers rushing through Grand Central Station’s Vanderbilt Hall — a lush, green lawn. Complete with a jazz band, lawn chairs set up under white canopies and men in suits handing out lemonade and iced tea, the grassy oasis was meant to offer a [...]
Despite having ships stationed in five continents, Italy-based MSC Cruises is almost always thought of as “very Euro.” (We’ll explain in a minute.) So it may have come as a surprise to some that the line will be basing its splashy 3,502-passenger MSC Divina year-round in Miami. The one-year-old ship will begin offering Caribbean cruises [...]
OK, it’s not a cruise line executive climbing a tree to rescue a kitten, but the recent cooperation between Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line to get a handful of nonflying Carnival Dream passengers back to Florida is still pretty neat. Here’s the scoop.
Last week, New York State Senator Chuck Schumer proposed a Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights. Ostensibly, his proposal was in response to the flurry of problems Carnival Cruise Lines had with four ships in a two-month time span — and the often-confusing (sometimes misleading) national media coverage of those problems. Leaving politics aside, I was [...]