Live from….Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken: 6 Surprises

I’m currently aboard Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken, sailing the line’s northbound Norway coastal voyage from Bergen to Kierkenes. It’s both my first time to Norway and my first time sailing with an expedition line that focuses mainly on destinations, rather than onboard bells and whistles. Read on to see what I’m finding most intriguing about the ship [...]

Live from … Celebrity Cruises Top Chef at Sea: Hits and Misses

Pack your knives and go… on a cruise? In Celebrity’s ongoing campaign to attract sophisticated foodies to the line, it has teamed with the Bravo TV for an ongoing Top Chef partnership. For the next year, all ships will hold activities inspired by the popular cooking show, such as QuickFire Challenges and demos, as well [...]

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 [...]

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