5 Cool Things about a Seattle Seahawks Football Cruise with the 12s

The 12s – the notoriously loud and passionate fans of the Seattle Seahawks football team – made waves this week, as Princess hosted its first cruise for the Emerald City’s football fans. Departing from Seattle on June 20, the seven-night itinerary on Crown Princess touched down in Southeast Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia, giving participants […]

Hits and Misses from a Svalbard Cruise

Quark Expeditions is one of the world’s specialists in polar travel, offering small-ship itineraries in Antarctica, Greenland, northern Canada, Norway, Iceland and even the North Pole. Though there are other expedition lines operating in many of these regions, Quark has broken new ground in recent years by introducing unique adventures such as paddleboarding in Antarctica […]

Just Back from Carnival Glory: A Mom Goes on A Girlfriend Cruise

A Caribbean cruise with the kids sounds fun, but sometimes you just need a break. See what you can do–and won’t have to do–on a weeklong “girlfriend cruise.”

Just Back From Allure of the Seas: Hits & Misses

The world’s biggest cruise ship came out of dry dock in mid-May, after an 18-day refurbishment that gave it new restaurants, cabins, shops and a brand-new Suite Lounge. I hadn’t sailed on Allure – one of Cruise Critic’s most popular ships – before the refit. But after a weeklong voyage round-trip from Barcelona, where I […]

Just Back From Cunard Queen Victoria: Remembering Lusitania

On Friday May 7, 1915, a German U-boat torpedoed Cunard’s flagship Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, as the ship was en route to Liverpool from New York. The ship sank with the loss of 1,195 lives, which included three stowaways, 94 children and 31 infants. Nine-hundred bodies were never found. The sinking was one […]

Just Back from Viking Star: Hits & Misses

After putting river cruising firmly on the map, Viking Cruises launched a new effort last month: its own ocean cruise line. The first new cruise line in over a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises also is the first line to launch with a brand-new, custom-designed and -built ship since Disney introduced Magic in the late 1990s. […]

Just Back From Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze: Hits & Misses

Taking three ships, all designed and built in the 1980s, from one cruise line to another is a challenging task — as small ship cruise line Windstar discovered. Despite an ambitious $2 million plan to upgrade Star Pride, one of three 212-passenger Seabourn ships, the effort wasn’t perhaps ambitious enough, leading to poor reviews when […]

Just Back From American Eagle: 5 Cool Things

Over a pre-christening breakfast at New Orleans’ famed Brennan’s restaurant — just hours before the launch of American Cruise Lines‘ second Mississippi River steamboat, American Eagle — company CEO Charles A. Robertson waxed enthusiastic over “all the whiz-bang gadgets and doodads” in the ship’s control center. They’re just one aspect of what makes the line’s […]

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