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.

Celebrity Reflection Cabin Tour: Not Your Average ‘Standard’ Balcony

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 […]

The Best New Cruise Ship of 2013?

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?

The Third Oasis-Class Cruise Ship Should Sail…

There isn’t a vessel around that commands the “floating island” cliché like the 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis-class twins, which are some 40 percent larger than the next biggest cruise ships and feature at-sea Central Parks, Boardwalks, zip-lining and AquaTheaters. But these destinations unto themselves still cruise somewhere — six Caribbean ports capable of docking the beasts […]

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Third Breakaway-Class Ship Shall Be Called …

NCL revealed last week that a third Breakaway-class ship will debut, in fall 2015. It’s currently called Breakaway Plus in reference to its added girth — the 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship will be some 11 percent larger than its 146,600-ton, 4,000-passenger half-sisters, Norwegian Breakaway (2013) and Norwegian Getaway (2014).

Live From Celebrity Reflection: First Impressions on Suites, ‘See-Through’ Showers and Cabin Stuffing

I’m onboard the 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final ship in Celebrity Cruises‘ hugely successful Solstice class, for a pre-inaugural cruise along the coast of Holland. For me, Reflection marks the absolute high water mark in terms of design refinement. The idea being, take the best pieces of the previous four Solstice-class ships and […]

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