Live from Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner: First Impressions

I’m onboard Seven Seas Mariner for a cruise that takes us from Lisbon, Portugal, through southern Spain, southern France and northern Italy, before we disembark in Civitavecchia (Rome). The itinerary, which Regent Seven Seas calls “Celestial Sojourn,” is a pretty typical one for the cruise line, which specializes in luxury experiences in small ports. Check […]

Live from Azamara Journey … Hits and Misses

We’re onboard Azamara Club Cruises’ ship Azamara Journey, sailing the Greek Isles and Turkish coast between Istanbul and Athens. The premium line, part of the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.’s stable of companies, prides itself on its destination-immersion programs as well as its friendly and efficient service. We’re pleased to report that so far Azamara has […]

Live from Pearl Mist: Saluting Veterans Onboard

The son of a navy officer, Pearl Mist cruise director Jon Stewart has a profound appreciation for military veterans and their families. The small luxury ship, which has spent the summer sailing the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canadian Maritimes, draws an older crowd. So the 28-year-old decided to show his appreciation this past Memorial Day […]

Live from Pearl Mist: First Impressions

Dori Saltzman shares her first impressions of Pearl Mist, a new, 210-passenger luxury ship making its way through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Live from Carnival Triumph: Four Reasons to Take a Four-Day Cruise

After spending the past few days on Carnival Triumph, we’re convinced short, four-day “taster” cruises are a great introduction to what life at sea is all about. (And now that the U.S. government is phasing out “cruises to nowhere,” these short voyages, which only stop in one or two ports, are likely to become more […]

Live from Windstar Star Breeze: First Impressions

When Windstar Cruises officially welcomes Star Breeze, its new motor yacht to the fleet later today, it’ll represent a new chapter in history for the storied ship. Until a few weeks ago, the vessel had sailed as Seabourn Spirit. It’s also a continuation of a new chapter for Windstar. The small ship cruise line — […]

Five Awesome Features on Anthem of the Seas — and Nowhere Else

Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, debuted this week in Southampton in a whirlwind of two-night sailings that saw the ship christened in a music-filled celebration. Coming just six months after Quantum of the Seas debuted, Anthem is a near twin to its fleetmate, with only a few changes made either in […]

Live From Onboard: Avalon Tapestry II

This week I’ve joined the christening cruise of Avalon Waterways’ new Avalon Tapestry II, before it starts regular sailings from Paris to Normandy and across France (north to south). The naming ceremony, held on the banks of the Seine River in the beautiful village of Les Andelys, was cold and rainy but the ship is […]

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