Live from…Thomson Majesty, Post Refurb

I’m onboard Thomson Majesty, the most recent addition to the Thomson Cruises fleet, as well as one of the most popular ships on the Cruise Critic website. In spite of being the line’s newest ship, the 1,462-passenger Majesty is a veteran vessel, having sailed for Norwegian Cruise Line and Louis Cruises before being picked up [...]

Live from….Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken: 6 Surprises

I’m currently aboard Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken, sailing the line’s northbound Norway coastal voyage from Bergen to Kierkenes. It’s both my first time to Norway and my first time sailing with an expedition line that focuses mainly on destinations, rather than onboard bells and whistles. Read on to see what I’m finding most intriguing about the ship [...]

Rising to Royalty: An Update on American Queen

While the beloved American Queen’s return in April was heralded by many, for passengers on the initial sailings, things weren’t quite up to snuff. Stories of poor service, untrained crew, mediocre food and a boat that just wasn’t ready for passengers flowed faster than the mighty Mississippi. Even the American Queen Steamboat Company’s president Christopher [...]

You Don’t Recognize This Guy’s Face, but You’ll Know His Voice. Trust Us.

You never know who you’re going to meet on a cruise ship — rap stars, pop divas, soap actors. The list goes on and on. So when someone told me that Elmo Shropshire (aka Dr. Elmo) was performing with his three-man band onboard the inaugural run of American Queen last week, I naturally said, “Who?” [...]

Full Steam Ahead: 1 Race, 3 Boats, Lots of Drinking

Talk about a steamy situation — at least for the boats involved in Wednesday’s Great Steamboat Race, part of Louisville’s Kentucky Derby Festival. We’re on American Queen, whose port call in the city was fortuitously timed so it could take part in the race, which included the Belle of Cincinnati and the Belle of Louisville [...]

River Report: First Impressions From American Queen

So now that American Queen is back in service after Ms. Priscilla Presley re-christened it on Friday, how’s it doing? I’m onboard the inaugural run from Memphis to Cincinnati, and here’s the short answer: The world’s largest steamboat needs a little work. The good news is that the Great American Steamboat Company team, which brought [...]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: 5 Unforgettable Moments — and One We Could’ve Done Without

When it debuted a dozen years ago, Voyager of the Seas was the flashiest afloat. But like an aging pop star, others have taken its place at the top of the charts. That being said, the ship – like Martina McBride – still rocks. It’s large enough to find non-crowded and appealing public spaces, and [...]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: New Orleans’ Embarkation Better, but Far From Ideal

Voyager of the Seas‘ second-ever embarkation in New Orleans on Saturday was a healthy improvement over last week’s debacle, which many seasoned cruisers called their worst departure ever. But the Royal Caribbean ship still left 1.5 hours behind schedule.

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