< 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
We’re onboard Celebrity Reflection for its two-night inaugural U.S. sailing out of Miami. For this trip, we have an AquaClass cabin, part of a special category of accommodations situated near the ship’s spa. If you’re sailing on Reflection — or any of its sister ships in the Solstice class — and you book an AquaClass [...]
Wild swings in the vote. Furious campaigning. Baseless character assassinations. The occasion: Deciding which of 2013′s marquee new-builds cruisers would prefer to sail. It’s between the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess and the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, two buzzworthy prototypes launching next year. Will it be Princess’ quiet, big-ship elegance or Breakaway’s NYC-inspired exuberance?keep looking »