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 […]

Live from… Regal Princess: Reliving “Love Boat” Memories

Saturday nights followed a specific routine back in 1981.  Too young for a real job, too young to date, I spent most weekend nights babysitting at the Andersons’ house, earning pocket money so I could buy the oh-so-trendy designer jeans my parents refused to purchase. Once the kids went to bed, I, like many other […]

We’re Onboard: Quantum of the Seas Meet & Mingle is One For the Ages

We admit it. One of our absolute favorite things is reading stories of people who have become lifelong friends through Cruise Critic. It’s one of the reasons we think our Roll Calls are wonderful: They’re a terrific way to meet your fellow cruisers virtually before actually meeting them on the ship at a Meet & […]

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?” […]

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