Live from … Norwegian Getaway: What’s Worth the Splurge?

Saving so you can spend is part of budgeting for any cruise, but with the increasing number of specialty experiences onboard ships, the buck doesn’t stop with the fare. I’m onboard Norwegian’s newest ship, Getaway, this week. While you can certainly find free options onboard for dining and entertainment, venues beckon you at every turn [...]

Live From Viking Mani: Four Reasons Why River Cruising is a Great First-Timers’ Experience

On our first day onboard our Rhine River cruise on Viking Cruises’ newest ship, Viking Mani, Program Manager Rene van Loon greeted the 187 passengers with a big smile, hearty laugh and a telling question: How many of you have taken a cruise of any kind before?

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 [...]

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