NCL‘s striking hull designs — featuring jewels, flowers, a radiating sun — have become something of a calling card. But none of the line’s previous liveries could have prepared us for Norwegian Breakaway, whose Peter Max-designed paint work was officially unveiled Tuesday.
It must be hard for cruise lines to outdo each other with their spa offerings, when the majority of ship spas are operated by just one company, Steiner Leisure. Case in point: Two recent announcements about the expanded spa offerings on Celebrity and Princess‘ next new ships sounded eerily similar.
Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final of Celebrity’s stylish Solstice-class sisters, saw daylight for the first time on Sunday in Papenburg, Germany. With the coaxing of a pair of tugs, the 126,000-ton, 3,030-passenger ship was transferred from its indoor dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard to its nearby al fresco fitting-out pier. This YouTube video, [...]
I’ve long subscribed to the sentiment that there’s no such thing as a bad cruise ship balcony — but my opinion might be changing. Onboard the brand-new MSC Divina in a forward-facing balcony cabin, you understand the need for the pictured wall of windows: It’s to protect occupants from the blustery winds that front-of-ship cabins [...]
In Barcelona, I’m onboard the 66,084-ton, 1,250-passenger Riviera, the newest ship from luxury-mainstream straddlers Oceania Cruises. In preparation for Friday’s christening ceremony, our dock is literally ringing with the sounds of hammers and chisels as workers install stages, lighting towers and a massive flat-screen television to create a mini-arena. No doubt the star of tomorrow’s [...]
It’s my first time on a river cruise, and although I’m not yet convinced I like it better than big-ship cruising, I’m certainly intrigued. Most itineraries have no “sea” days, the ships are much more intimate, and passengers focus mainly on destinations instead of racing to and fro onboard to hit the casino, production show [...]
Aboard the just-launched Costa Fascinosa, things can’t help but feel a little symbolic. An appropriately understated welcome — the christening lacked the aerial acrobats, lasers and celebrities Costa is known for — has given way to cruising as usual, exactly what a line coming out of a period of mourning is looking for. The mood [...]
So now that American Queen is back in service after Ms. Priscilla Presley re-christened it on Friday, how’s it doing? I’m onboard the inaugural run from Memphis to Cincinnati, and here’s the short answer: The world’s largest steamboat needs a little work. The good news is that the Great American Steamboat Company team, which brought [...]« go back — keep looking »