Just Off…AmaPrima: Impressions from a River Cruise Novice

As a veteran ocean cruiser, I am quite familiar with the ins and outs of some of the biggest ships on the seas. But while I’m not quite a river cruise “virgin” – I had previously taken an overnight on Viking River Cruises a few years ago – my recent overnight on AMAWaterways’ new ship, [...]

Observed Onboard: Norwegian Getaway’s Best Bars

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, boasts 18 decks and nearly as many bars. Whether you’re up for dancing into the wee hours, taking in a performance or just grabbing a relaxing after-dinner nightcap, there’s a venue for you. Read on to see which watering holes earned top marks on our recent cruise to [...]

Just Back From….Compagnie du Ponant: 6 Surprises – and 1 Revelation

Once geared pretty much entirely to the French, Compagnie du Ponant is working hard to court English-speaking passengers, ensuring that every cruise on every ship is bi-lingual, from menus to tours to safety drills.  The Marseilles-based luxury line has also launched three nearly identical 264-passenger ships in the past few years, with another slated for [...]

Just Back From….Celebrity Summit: 5 Things that Surprised Me – and 1 That Didn’t

Before boarding Celebrity Summit last week in Puerto Rico, I felt like I had a pretty good idea about what to expect. After all, I’d sailed on two of the line’s newer, bigger ships: Equinox and Reflection. I expected the touches that make a ship “Celebrity,” and I got them: Comfy seating at the pools; [...]

Amazon River Cruising: Hits & Misses

If you’re a river cruising veteran and are searching for something similar in South America, let me tell you this: A trip down the Amazon – the world’s longest river —  is nothing like trawling the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, or any other European tributary. Pretty much the only thing it shares in common is [...]

8 Unique Things about a Sailing Cruise

Excuse my sunburn; I’ve spent the last week channeling my inner mermaid on a sailing cruise with Island Windjammers  on its newest vessel, Sagitta. This is my second trip with the company – read a first-hand account of my Grenadines cruise – and while I love all ships, big and small, there’s something special about sailing [...]

The 5 Coolest New Things on Vision of the Seas

Now I understand why “loyal Royals” who gravitate toward the line’s intimate Vision Class don’t consider it a typical smaller ship. Aside from the fact that my one-night cruise aboard Vision of the Seas — which recently received its Oasis Class makeover — felt more like a three-nighter (so much to do, so little time!), [...]

5 Tips for Short Cruises: A Disney Magic Perspective

As I sailed away from Miami on Disney Magic last weekend — the first cruise since the ship had been refurbished with new features like the monster AquaDunk slide (a more thrilling version of the AquaDuck found on Dream and Fantasy) and kids’ clubs — I hit the ground running. Even though my voyage was [...]

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