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 [...]
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 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?” [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
I could totally see country singer Martina McBride and her daughters on a cruise. Picture it: The two teens being moody and unpredictable in the same way she sings about on her latest song, “Teenage Daughters.” The 6-year-old holding her hand while they walk around the ship, not embarrassed by mom’s dancing during the ’70s [...]keep looking »