Britannia vs. Anthem

The U.K. has enjoyed two giant ship launches in the space of just over six weeks: P&O Cruises’ Britannia and Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. Together the ships have increased passenger capacity out of Southampton by almost 8,000. That’s a lot of cabins to fill. While Britannia will be based here permanently, Anthem will […]

Is Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas Heading to China?

It’s no secret that the cruise industry is paying more and more attention to the Chinese market. In just a few months, Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum of the Seas will move from Cape Liberty to its new homeport, Shanghai. And now there’s some indication that the newest Quantum-class ship — Ovation of the Seas, which […]

Is Carnival Vista the Ship for You?

With so many new cruise ships coming out in the next two to three years, it can be hard to decide which one is worth spending your hard-earned dollars. Although it’s still more than a year away from its May 2016 debut, we’ve compiled 10 reasons why the 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista appeals to people who […]

Is Norwegian Escape the Cruise Ship for You?

With so many new cruise ships coming out, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you and your family. Although it’s still months away from its October debut, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why the 4,200-passenger ship appeals to people who want lots of entertainment and dining options on their […]

Virgin Cruises: What Would You Like to See?

The cruise industry is awash with rumors that Sir Richard Branson is planning to launch a Virgin cruise line. The Virgin Atlantic boss has hired a US-based advisory firm to scout around for investors in the two-ship venture, which is, according to media reports, expected to launch in 2019 in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. […]

Countdown to Launch: Norwegian Getaway

It’s nearly time. Next week will be the first chance the public gets onboard to see Norwegian Cruise Lines‘ latest ship,Norwegian Getaway. After a handful of inaugural events in Europe, Getaway will make its way via New York and Super Bowl XLVIII (where it will double as a beer-themed hotel) to its homeport in Miami. We’ll […]

Costa Diadema: A New Start

< The last time I saw a Costa cruise ship, it was lying on its side off an island. I am of course referring to Costa Concordia, which I had the privilege of watching being ‘parbuckled’ (hoisted upright) back in September. So when the invitation came through to watch the ‘float-out’ (or in trade parlance ‘technical […]

What does a Royal Godmother Mean to You?

As we count down to the christening festivities Thursday for Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, featuring Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, we wondered: Does a royal godmother trump a celebrity? Mostly, yes. Some 54 percent of Cruise Critic members who voted in our recent poll said absolutely, the mix of royalty and cruise ships is a winning […]

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