Giving Back In Port

A big blue tour bus with a capacity for some 60 people waited outside the pier for us — all five of us. We were three passengers, one crew member and one host. We were all volunteers for Crystal Cruises‘ You Care, We Care voluntourism excursion to the Feed Nova Scotia food bank in Halifax. [...]

The Early Word on Royal Princess: Hits & Misses

After days of hype over Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess, culminating in an elegant and truly moving naming ceremony with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as godmother, it’s time to focus on what’s ultimately the most important thing: What’s the ship really like? As a prototype — cruise industry parlance for a new design, rather than [...]

What does a Royal Godmother Mean to You?

As we count down to the christening festivities Thursday for Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, featuring Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, we wondered: Does a royal godmother trump a celebrity? Mostly, yes. Some 54 percent of Cruise Critic members who voted in our recent poll said absolutely, the mix of royalty and cruise ships is a winning [...]

We’re At Sea: Answers to Your Questions About Norwegian Breakaway

On Tuesday, Cruise Critic hosted a live chat about Norwegian Breakaway. We had a great time interacting with readers, who asked fantastic questions. In fact, some of them were so good, we didn’t know the answers. So when we got onboard Breakaway on Wednesday, we made sure to find out all we could for you.

Mind Your Theater Manners — Even on a Cruise

This week, I went to the theater on a cruise ship, and it was a revelation. Not just because the show (“Burn the Floor,” featured on the Norwegian Cruise Line‘s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway) was excellent. But because it was actually like going to the theater ought to be. You want to see the show? [...]

A Fitting End to a Fine Ship

I spent a night on SS Rotterdam last week as part of Holland America Line’s 140th anniversary celebrations, a wonderfully restored piece of history.

Hurricane Season on the Rhine?

When talking up the benefits of river cruising, we might mention calm waters (compared with ocean waves that can lead to seasickness) or the lack of hurricanes that will wreck your itinerary and drench you with rain. So imagine my surprise, on my first ever river cruise, a Rhine run on Scenic Cruises‘ Scenic Jewel, [...]

Snagging a Guinness World Record Isn’t Easy

With a naming ceremony introducing eight new ships in just one day, Viking River Cruises joins an illustrious collection of Guinness World Records’ competitions that includes the fastest half marathon pushing a pram, the highest reverse bungee jump, the largest collection of (air) sick bags – and – the heaviest weight lifted by tongue. As [...]

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