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 […]

Live From Celebrity Reflection: The End of an Era?

The 3,030-passenger Celebrity Reflection has generated the most new ship buzz we’ve seen in a while. And rightly so. The launch of Reflection marks the final stage in a five-ship journey for Celebrity Cruises which started with Celebrity Solstice in 2008.

Is a Third Oasis-Class Cruise Ship Coming?

When Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat reported Wednesday that a deal to build a third Oasis-class ship was imminent, Royal Caribbean was quick to respond. “We don’t comment on rumors,” spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said, “and at this time, it’s just a rumor.”

My Date With a Royal Princess (Part II)

The last time I went on a shipyard visit was to see Seabourn’s final Odyssey-class ship, Seabourn Quest, in Genoa. Quest was about a month or so from sea trials, so largely complete. There were wires hanging from ceilings and a lot of men banging, polishing and finishing off things, but it was very clear […]

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