Live from Carnival Freedom: Dr. Seuss is on the Loose

Green eggs and ham is just the beginning, Of a concept on Carnival that seems to be winning, It’s a kids’ program that Carnival has just let loose, Experiences at sea with Dr. Seuss. Seuss-a-Palooza is the big parade Where banners are held and noises are made. Noisemakers held by boys and by girlies But [...]

Live from….Carnival Freedom: 5 Surprises

Recently refurbished to include all-new amenities and venues (at a cost of $70 million), Carnival Freedom represents a small but refreshing shift for the line: retrofitting ships to include Camp Ocean (replacing Camp Carnival as the children’s facility), Seuss at Sea (interactive parade and character breakfast) and other key partnerships including an EA-branded sports bar [...]

Live from….Oceania Regatta: 5 Surprises

Although it’s been several years since we’ve sailed with Oceania Cruises, our experience has encompassed every ship in the line’s five vessel fleet. Our last two trips were on 1,200-plus passenger Marina and Riviera, the first built-from-scratch ships Oceania’s ever had. We’ve also been on the three 684-passenger ships that started the line – Insignia, [...]

Live from….Diamond Princess: Boarding a Japanese-Centric Ship

Eugene is friendly and has joined our trivia team a couple of times when his family is MIA. He blushes when I tell him he speaks English very well. He’s only 20 and a student at university in Malaysia where he was born and has lived his entire life. He tells me he learned English [...]

Live from….Regal Princess: Stranded (Briefly) in Santorini

Cruise Critic Managing Editor Colleen McDaniel is onboard Regal Princess this week, on the ship’s inaugural voyage in the eastern Mediterranean. Today, high winds of 80 knots outside Santorini, Greece, forced the ship to temporarily abandon its tender port to move to safer waters – leaving almost 2,000 people ashore. Here are some of Colleen’s [...]

Live from….Diamond Princess: First Impressions

I knew when I boarded Diamond Princess in Yokohama, Japan, that the Princess ship would be unlike any of its eight Grand-class sister ships . Although I had never sailed the line before, I had read  about all the modifications the company had made during the ship’s recent $30 million refurbishment – and was eager [...]

Live from…. Bordeaux: Hits & Misses

With the debut of cruises this year by both Viking River and Uniworld, Bordeaux, near France’s southwest coast, is the newest river itinerary for mainstream lines in Europe. Like France’s Seine, which offers Paris-based trips, and the Rhone, which trawls through Provence, the experience is highly food and wine influenced (absolutely a good thing!), and [...]

Live From… Windstar Star Pride: Hits & Misses

Since 1986, Windstar Cruises has enjoyed the distinction of a fleet with billowing sails that could, along with engines, power its ships. This week, the company took a major step when it introduced its first-ever “power” yacht: the 206-passenger Star Pride. Until last month, the vessel had sailed as Seabourn Pride; Windstar gave it a [...]

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