Observed Onboard: Are You Antisocial When You Cruise?

As Cruise Critic’s resident expert on all things British, I’ve spent some time exploring the differences between UK cruising and US cruising. One of the things I noted from a recent P & O cruise is how we Brits do our utmost NOT to meet people on a cruise, whereas certain other nationalities (Americans – […]

Just Back From…Norwegian Jewel: Hits and Misses

Norwegian Jewel, the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel-class ships and dating back to 2005, is an oldie but a goody in the fleet. During the ship’s last dry dock (in May 2014), Norwegian took the time to add some popular elements from its newest ships – Breakaway and Getaway – to Norwegian Jewel.

Observed Onboard: Cruising Gluten Free

With so many people watching their gluten intake these days, cruise ships have responded. As I found out this week on my Alaska cruise on Norwegian Jewel, it’s actually easy to do – providing you have a heck of a lot more will-power than I do. First, a little about me. This June, I was […]

Observed Onboard: Cruising with Japanese Toilets

Are you ready for a wash and blow dry? (And we’re not talking about hair salons.) When Princess Cruises turned its attention to Japan – with Japanese-built Diamond Princess and Sun Princess offering cruises designed specifically for passengers from Japan – it wasn’t just the menus that were tweaked to cater to the tastes of […]

Observed Onboard: Charging for Water?

The dream of ‘all-inclusive’ cruising has slowly eroded over the last two decades; few topics inspire as much passion as outrageous ‘nickel and diming’ charges on Cruise Critic message boards. On my recent cruise through the Norwegian fjords on Hurtigruten Lofoten, however, I found one of the most unusual charge yet: water. It wasn’t that […]

WWYD: Botox on Board?

Cruise Critic member Freckles83 posed an interesting question on the Holland America message boards recently. How about hopping off a ship in Costa Rica, known for the quality and low prices of its cosmetic surgery, having a quick procedure done, and hopping back on again? If you think about this, it’s not a reality, as many […]

Observed Onboard: Norwegian Getaway’s Best Bars

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, boasts 18 decks and nearly as many bars. Whether you’re up for dancing into the wee hours, taking in a performance or just grabbing a relaxing after-dinner nightcap, there’s a venue for you. Read on to see which watering holes earned top marks on our recent cruise to […]

Observed Onboard: Would You Switch Lines to Travel with a Crewmember?

Would you switch cruise lines to follow a crewmember? Wit and charisma go a long way in the cruise industry and many cruise ship captains achieve near-celebrity status. When Captain Dag Dvergastein left Regent Seven Seas Cruises and moved to Seabourn in 2010, for example, he took with him a loyal following of guests who enjoyed […]

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