Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas was spruced up during its recent month-long drydock, getting new carpeting, soft furnishings, menus, restaurants, additional cabins and a lot more. But the biggest buzz around the ship’s refurbishment: the first-in-the-industry “Virtual Balcony” cabins. What’s important about the innovative inside cabin, which features floor-to-ceiling HD display screens that give [...]
In my previous two reports I described the places we visited and some of the people we met during our Cuba Cruise cruise, a 7-night trip around the island. In my last report from the ship, I’d like to share some of the highlights during my week onboard Louis Cristal.
As we walk up the steep hill leading from the port of Santiago to its main square, Plaza Cespedes, we hear what sounds like an explosion. It’s a car backfiring, an ancient Soviet-era Lada, probably dating from the early- to mid-60s, trying desperately to get up the hill. It explodes again, juddering almost to a [...]
On my second night onboard the Canada-based Cuba Cruise, the first cruise line to offer sailings around the island, Captain Stathis Goumas added a caveat to his welcome speech that resonated with all of us onboard: “If you want to experience a typical Caribbean cruise, then you have come on the wrong ship. Is that what [...]
After two days and nights onboard Norwegian Cruise Line‘s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, our U.K. reporters Adam and Jamey give their verdict on what wowed them and what they think didn’t quite hit the mark. Hit: The Illusionarium (Adam) Confession: I did not like Cirque Dreams. I think it promised a lot, and did not deliver. I also [...]
Theme cruising has been on the rise in recent years, and perhaps no cruise line has tapped into the trend more than Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars program. Launched in February 2013 on Eurodam, the line features a series of dance competitions throughout the fleet, with 15 finalists selected to vie for the coveted [...]
Norwegian’s latest ship, Getaway, has launched – and Cruise Critic is onboard. UK Editor Adam Coulter and Production Editor Jamey Bergman are on a short trip from Southampton, taking notes, photos and video (you can see their posts live on our Getaway chat). Here are some of their first impressions. From Adam: The Miami vibe is [...]
Lights, cameras, lebkuchen! There’s perhaps no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than visiting the home of many holiday traditions: Germany and its surrounding countries, which celebrate the season jovially with markets proffering local handicrafts, holiday sweets and plenty, plenty of gluhwein — mulled wine in a keepsake mug. Christmas market cruises, offered [...]keep looking »