Pros and Cons of Island Hopping in the Canaries

My first cruise on British cruise line Fred. Olsen was also my first sailing with so many intensive port stops in so many days. I’m used to the traditional port day schedule — arrive at 9 a.m. and leave at 5:30 p.m. — but on a cruise around the Canary Islands, you can’t help but […]

Is Regal Princess the Ship for You?

Regal Princess, which debuted in spring 2014, combines sophistication in design with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.  If you’re weighing your cruise ship choices and not sure where to start, we’ve got 10 reasons you might consider Regal Princess. Regal Princess might just be the perfect ship for you if: 1. You like to walk on […]

Just Off the Gangway: 5 Surprises from Norwegian Gem

My experience cruising with Norwegian has been limited mostly to the line’s newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. So when I decided to take a vacation on Norwegian Gem, built in 2007, I was thrilled to check out one of the line’s smaller ships (Gem carries 2,394 passengers, while Breakaway and Getaway carry 4,028 […]

Just Back from…Costa Mediterranea: Italian Cruising in the Caribbean

Mama mia! I’ve just polished off homemade gnocchi and some wicked profiteroles in the main dining room, and what do I hear? The chorus of Funiculi, Funicula wafting from a nearby lounge. I have to investigate. I discover an impromptu chorus line of 20-something female travelers kicking up their heels to the tune. It’s a […]

Just Back From… The Relaunched National Geographic Orion

The 102-passenger expedition vessel Orion, once known for offering “champagne adventure” through Orion Expedition Cruises, is now in the hands of stalwart small ship operator, Lindblad Expeditions. Affiliated with National Geographic, the ship’s onboard experience has certainly changed, with caviar more likely to be looked at under a microscope than scooped up with a water […]

Just Back from… Voyager of the Seas: Australia Update

Australia may not be blessed with the world’s newest ships (our youngest local is the six-year-old Celebrity Solstice) but now we’ve got the next best thing: a ship with the same features as the world’s newest ships. After introducing sun-loving Aussies to ice-skating at sea during its maiden season down under in 2012, Voyager of […]

Just Back From… Costa neoRiviera: 5 Things to Know About “Neo”

It’s a dilemma all cruise lines face: How do you update and refresh smaller ships that physically aren’t able to compete with the shinier and larger vessels plying the marketplace? With neoRiviera (and several other “neo” flagged ships in its fleet), Costa has made the smart decision to remake the cruising experience itself to cater […]

Just Back From…the “stretched” MSC Armonia: LEGOs and more

Carving a cruise ship apart and putting it back together sounds like a complicated process – and it is. The “stretching” procedure that MSC Armonia underwent this fall, part of the company’s “Renaissance Program” added a new 80-foot section to the vessel’s midship, introducing a new LEGO playroom, refurbishing cabins and other changes. I took […]

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