Just Off the Gangway….Regal Princess: Hits and Misses

Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Regal Princess, hit the seas for the first time May 22, sailing Mediterranean itineraries through Greece, Italy, Croatia and Turkey. Regal Princess is a virtual twin of Royal Princess, which debuted in June 2013.  Like its sister ship, Regal has the same large Grand Piazza, large theater with palladium seating and [...]

Just back from…. A Galapagos Expedition Cruise: 6 Lessons Learned

As a traveler, is there any better feeling than finally crossing a trip off your bucket list? I did it myself last week with an expedition cruise to the Galapagos Islands aboard the 32-passenger Evolution; the trip was run by International Expeditions, which offers nature-based trips around the globe. After so many years of building [...]

Just Back From….Tauck’s Inspire: First Impressions

Having never been on a European river cruise, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I boarded Tauck River Cruising’s newest boat, ms Inspire, for a nine-day trip through the Netherlands and Belgium. But it didn’t take long to figure out what river cruising, Tauck style, was all about. Here are my first impressions of [...]

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 [...]

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