My First Cruise: Ruby Princess

With the My First Cruise series, Cruise Critic speaks with first time cruisers who recently returned from their very first cruise to find out about their expectations and how they liked it. Planning your first cruise? Check out our First Time Cruisers section, geared just for you! Want to be featured? Contact Name: Alison […]

Q and A with Kate McCue, the Cruise Industry’s First American Female Captain

Celebrity Cruises broke down boundaries this week by naming Kate McCue the new captain of Celebrity Summit. At 37, McCue is the first American female to captain a mega-cruise ship and will take the helm of Summit in August. We asked her a few questions about her favorite sailing destination, the ships that she’s worked […]

Q&A With Warren Moon on a Seattle Seahawks Football Cruise

Warren Moon – the first black quarterback elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame – was undoubtedly the highlight of the Seattle Seahawks football cruise, sponsored by Princess Cruises last month. And while many considered it “a dream” to meet this legendary quarterback — who played for the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, and Kansas […]

Q & A: All About fathom, the First Voluntourism Cruise Line

The launch of a new cruise line is exciting news, and Carnival Corporation’s new fathom, the first cruise brand dedicated to voluntourism, is no exception. The new cruise line will offer sailings weekly out of Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic onboard Adonia, a 710-passenger ship Carnival Corp. is transferring from fathom’s U.K. […]

Q&A: HGTV’s Property Brothers Talk Cruising

If you binge-watch HGTV like I do, you’re most likely familiar with Jonathan and Drew Scott. The duo best known for helping couples find, buy and flip fixer-uppers into their dream homes in “Property Brothers” will be hosting Sailing With the Scotts: Ultimate Design Cruise this November 16 – 20. The four-night theme cruise on […]

Cruise Critic Live! Q & A with Michael Bayley

We caught up with the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley, ahead of his Cruise Critic Live! chat today at noon onboard Anthem of the Seas. He told us why he’s excited about Anthem, why the ship won’t be permanently based in the U.K. — and what’s on his cruise bucket list. […]

Q&A with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver

With Anthem of Seas‘ debut this month, the Royal Caribbean ship will have the second of U.K. celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s at-sea restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, onboard. The for-fee restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, many with a unique twist, like crab and avocado bruschetta (of course, there’s more traditional items, including penne pomodoro, linguine with prawns […]

Cruise Critic Live!: Choose Your Perfect River Cruise

Considering a river cruise? Then you won’t wan to miss our next Cruise Critic Live! chat, Choosing Your Perfect River, on Wednesday, March 18 at 12 p.m. EDT. During the chat, we’ll be talking with two of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s top brass — President and CEO Guy Young and UK Managing Director Kathryn […]

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