We’re Onboard: Q&A with George Takei

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the helm. And that’s exactly what George Takei, social media icon, gay rights activist and actor most famously known for playing helmsman Sulu on the original Star Trek, is doing aboard the Queen Mary 2. Part of Cunard’s Insights speakers series, Takei will partake in several events [...]

5 Things That Intrigued Me on My First River Cruise

After years on the high seas, I’ve finally given river cruising a try. My first sailing is on Amadeus Silver, the newest ship in the Amadeus by Lueftner Cruises’ fleet. I never go into anything without doing research, and working at Cruise Critic means I read and talk about river cruising all the time — [...]

Live From….AmaPrima: Hits and Misses

The latest stage in AmaWaterways‘ ambitious growth plan – since its founding in 2002, it has introduced 15 ships! – feels more like a boutique hotel than a riverboat. Christened last week in Vilshofen, Germany, AmaPrima felt intimate and cozy, with a crew that offered sublime service (it’s been in service since April). The 164-passenger ship [...]

Live from Royal Princess: A Wine Lovers Delight

Princess Cruises is getting serious about Tuscan wine. The first remarks from Diletta Frescobaldi, the guest of honor at the Wine Maker’s Dinner onboard Princess Cruises’ latest ship, Royal Princess, leave no question about her own authority on the subject (or, for that matter, her aristocratic heritage). “Our family has been making wine for more [...]

Live from Hapag-Lloyd Europa 2: Cruising “Foreign”

Why would you choose to take a cruise on a ship where the main language is not English? Onboard Hapag-Lloyd’s brand-new Europa 2, on a Mediterranean voyage, announcements are made first in German, then English.  Passengers wish you a pleasant “Guten Tag” in passing rather than “Good Afternoon.” And on its menus, which focus primarily [...]

Live From Carnival Sunshine: Issues Fixed

Carnival Sunshine is – as President and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines Gerry Cahill said over the weekend – “in great shape”. The problems the ship encountered on its maiden voyage — and were widely reported by our members – seem to have been dealt with. These included a number of the new spa cabins being [...]

Hits and Misses: Live from Carnival Sunshine

It’s safe to say Carnival Sunshine had a pretty rough start in life. This $155 million refit project — which had never been attempted on this scale — to transform an old ship into effectively a brand-new one hit some snags when it launched without all of the features ready. Well, we now know why, [...]

Cruising with My Adult Daughter

Steven Saltzman cruised with his daughter Cruise Critic News Editor Dori Saltzman alone for the first time in June. His experience is below. Read about cruising with your dad — a blog from Dori’s point of view. Having spent a delightful 12-day cruise with my adult daughter — the News Editor for Cruise Critic — [...]

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