Just Back from Viking Oceans: 7 Cool Discoveries On Viking Star

We’re back from our first sailing with Viking Ocean Cruises, a new, ocean-going cruise line spawned from Viking River Cruises (and the first cruise line to debut with all-new, purpose-designed and built cruise ships since Disney launched Disney Magic in 1998). The itinerary on the line’s first ship, 930-passenger Viking Star, took us from Istanbul […]

Just Back From…Loire Princesse

Within the space of a couple of hours, I watched a 40-foot elephant lumbering along the shore, stepped over a giant tape measure, spotted one house perched on top of a chimney and another partially submerged in the Loire River. My eyes weren’t deceiving me, as I hadn’t even had my first sip of the […]

Just Back From… Cuba Cruise, Hits and Misses

The Canadian company Cuba Cruise has made waves these past two years by being the only cruise line to offer seven-night Havana-to-Havana circumnavigations of the Caribbean’s largest island. It was also in the right place at the right time when President Obama loosened travel restrictions for Americans, partnering right away with people-to-people organizations to offer […]

Just Back from… Oceania Nautica: Hits & Misses

With only five ships and a lower profile than most cruise lines, Oceania may not have hit your radar. Fans of this line say it’s all about word of mouth—and here aboard Oceania Nautica, guests are quick to sing the ship’s praises. They can tell you exactly what’s changed since the last time they were […]

P&O Cruises’ Britannia: Hits & Misses

It’s rare to get on a new ship and not find a few faults, or perhaps a better way of putting it would be, “to find a few areas that need tweaking.” Well I’ve got to be honest, I’m struggling to find any on P&O Cruises’ Britannia’s maiden voyage, which I joined halfway through in […]

Just Back from…Costa Diadema: Hits and Misses

When you think of Italy do you picture strolling along the Italian Riviera? Perhaps you’re in a seaside bar sipping a bubbly Prosecco or — only if it’s breakfast time — a cappuccino. It’s that kind of Italian style that Costa Cruises works to capture in the line’s new flagship, Costa Diadema. The idea behind […]

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 […]

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