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 [...]

Just Back from… Quantum of the Seas: Two70

Much about the Quantum of the Seas smart ship coverage has focused on the robot bartenders in the Bionic Bar. And that’s understandable (I had visions of the bar in Star Wars before I boarded). But the real tech wows of Royal Caribbean’s newest ship are, in my opinion, “Vistarama” and the “roboscreens” in Two70. [...]

Just Back From… Quantum of the Seas: Fitness Onboard

There was a time when the fitness area on a cruise ship was roughly the size of a closet. Equipment consisted of a few rusty pneumatic machines, a self-propelled treadmill or two and maybe a giant stationary air bike that produced more noise than sweat. Thankfully, cruise lines got the message that their passengers wanted [...]

Just Back From…Quantum of the Seas: Shoutout to the Crew

All this week, we’ll be reporting back on our Quantum of the Seas experiences (we’ve already given you a taste of what’s hot and what’s not in our Hits and Misses post). But what we’ve found to be true on this ship, as well as all others, is that even the most fabulous food and [...]

Just Back From… Quantum of the Seas: Hits & Misses

No question, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas has lived up to its prelaunch billing of being the most innovative ship to launch this year. It’s a unique ship, with tons of new features that include the North Star (a London Eye-style capsule observatory), the Ripcord by iFly sky-diving simulator, first-ever restaurants at sea such [...]

5 Discoveries From Our Paul Gauguin Cruise Through Tahiti

Tahiti is the experience of a lifetime for many people, myself included. So when the opportunity to sail Paul Gauguin Cruises’ flagship vessel, Paul Gauguin, arose, I jumped at it. I hit the Cruise Critic message boards and member reviews to learn more about the line and the ship, and I started forming that mental [...]

Just Back From…Oasis of the Seas: What’s New After its Makeover?

Before boarding Oasis of the Seas — the 5,400-passenger Royal Caribbean ship that gave new meaning to the term "mega-ship" when it launched in 2009 (only sister ship Allure of the Seas is bigger) — I expected it to feel like a combination of a Las Vegas hotel and an amusement park. And with a [...]

Just Back From…Disney Dream: Hits and Misses

If you’re going to cruise with your parents and your 6-month-old, or any other family group combination, Disney Dream is an excellent choice. The unconventional cruise line knows how to cater to vacationers of all ages, and that means activities with general appeal, as well as adult-only and kid-focused programming and spaces. Just off a [...]

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