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 […]

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 […]

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