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 [...]

What’s Next for Cruise Ship Design? A Q&A with Expert and Quantum Consultant Tim McGill

Working for a partnership that designed casinos, Tim McGill first came into contact with Royal Caribbean International at a gaming panel in Las Vegas in 2005. The panel was held to help Royal Caribbean learn about state-of-the-art land-based gaming. From there, McGill went on to work with Royal Caribbean on its Oasis Class ships. As [...]

Video: Royal Princess Sails into Southampton

To kick off a week of all things Royal Princess, we found this lovely video of the ship arriving in Southampton last Friday. The ship will be docked in the port for most of the week, ahead of Thursday’s naming ceremony.

Quantum of the Seas: The Cruise Critic Members’ Verdict(s)

In the words of the late, great Oscar Wilde, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about at all.” And if Royal Caribbean is using that as its yardstick, then it will be very happy with the number of comments about Quantum of the Seas (though perhaps not all the [...]

Royal Princess’ ‘Love Boat’ Horn: More Than an Incredibly Catchy Tune?

On our recent shipyard tour of the nearly finished Royal Princess, the all-new feature that generated the most buzz wasn’t the tweaked mini-suite design, the size and breadth of the expanded piazza or even the spiffy Princess Live! entertainment venue.

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