November 25, 2013 | By Chris Gray Faust | No Comments
Excuse my sunburn; I’ve spent the last week channeling my inner mermaid on a sailing cruise with Island Windjammers
on its newest vessel, Sagitta. This is my second trip with the company – read a first-hand account of my Grenadines cruise
– and while I love all ships, big and small, there’s something special about sailing windjammer-style.
Here are a few of my favorite quirks:
We’re Where? At 125 feet, Sagitta is small, but sturdy – and the size allows the ship to anchor in bays and marinas where larger cruise ships can’t go. My six-night trip took us to Anguilla, Nevis, St. Barths and St. Kitts. And while the latter two islands do receive larger ships, passengers disembark in major ports such as Basseterre – while we were able to dock directly outside Frigate Bay’s beach bars.
November 25, 2013 | By Cruise Critic | 2 Comments
Cruise Critic staffers set sail every week, traveling the globe to bring you the latest cruise ship trends, port sneak peeks and onboard observations. Here’s where we are this week.
(Got questions about any of the ships we’re boarding? Ask us in the comments!)
Where: Seven nights out of San Juan, including St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, Barbados and St. Thomas
Who: Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor
Why Onboard? Information gathering for a feature on shore excursions
We Can’t Wait: I’ve sailed on two ships in Celebrity’s much-heralded Solstice Class (Equinox and Reflection), but I’ve never cruised any of the line’s Millennium Class vessels. Our members give these ships such great reviews, I’m excited to see what everyone loves so much. I’m also interested in seeing how Celebrity integrated its Solstice Class features, including the Martini Bar and Qsine, into Summit.
November 22, 2013 | By Colleen McDaniel | 4 Comments
MSC Divina is making its debut sailing from its new Miami homeport. The Italian line, which generally has plied the waters of the Mediterranean, is dipping its toe in the Caribbean in a big way, offering deals and holding contests to entice North American travelers to a product relatively unfamiliar to this market.
hasn’t taken the move lightly. In fact, Ken Muskat, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the line, said everyone in the company has been uniquely focused for five months on making sure Divina’s move to Florida is a successful one. “It’s a market we have to be in,” Muskat said.
While the ship still is clearly an Italian product — and Muskat said the ship won’t abandon its Mediterranean roots — here are five reasons North Americans should give Divina a shot.
November 22, 2013 | By Brittany Chrusciel | No Comments
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Every other Friday we will bring you a piece of reader feedback and our response. Have a question about cruising? Notice an error on our site? Want to just drop a comment for our consideration? Submit your own feedback by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and maybe we’ll select your submission for our next Feedback Blog.
This Week’s Feedback:
“I submitted a review I did for the NCL Gem ship over a week ago, but I don’t see it online yet.”
We often get questions about member reviews that were submitted, but haven’t yet been posted to the Cruise Critic site. Our community team is a small staff that monitors our boards and handles many incoming reviews day to day. While the posting process is not instantaneous, our staff does do their best to publish the review as soon as they can. For any review-related questions, you can always submit inquiries directly to Reviews@CruiseCritic.com. From there, someone will be able to provide you with a status on your latest review!
November 21, 2013 | By Cruise Critic | 4 Comments
Is Majesty of the Seas
the ideal first cruise? It seems to be for one-third of our editorial team, who all sailed the Royal Caribbean
vessel as their first mainstream cruise. All had different experiences – Erica Silverstein boarded as a 17-year-old during a family vacation in 1994, Ashley Kosciolek celebrated college Spring Break with friends in 2007 and Brittany Chrusciel took her first work trip on the ship just last week as an adult in her mid-20s.
By surveying their experiences, we’ve realized that while Majesty might not be the newest, biggest or fanciest ship, it’s reliable and friendly – and consistent. On this #ThrowbackThursday, take a look at how the three trips compared over a nearly 20-year period.
(Remember, we want your #ThrowbackThursday cruise photos! Send them to email@example.com with Throwback in the subject line.)
Erica (7 nights in the Western Caribbean): “Majesty was pretty new at the time, and we thought it was so cool. I remember walking around the deck, feeling like I was in some tropical fantasy and maybe I would have an onboard romance.”
Ashley (3 nights in the Bahamas): Booked through Expedia at the last minute, the cruise itself cost less than the airfare to get to Miami. “When we first boarded, we were bombarded with offers to buy the Drink of the Day, and, being college students, that’s just what we did. We also let some friendly crewmembers talk us into buying soda cards. They were a total rip-off – man, were we gullible!”
Brittany (4 nights to Bahamas and Key West): “As a Semester at Sea graduate, returning to a ship each day during my four-night Bahamas sailing did feel like coming home. The idea of having nothing to do but drink, eat and be merry, on the other hand, was an entirely new concept.”
Want more memories? Read on!
November 21, 2013 | By Brittany Chrusciel | No Comments
Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags.
THE DEAL: CruCon Cruise Outlet is offering a one-day Black Friday sale on November 29, 2013, with bonus offers for pre-registering by November 21.
See why this is such a bargain … and what you need to know.
November 20, 2013 | By Gina Kramer | No Comments
Every Wednesday, we’ll be taking you on a journey around the world to some of the most interesting places our members have trekked, swum or merely witnessed from afar while cruising.
Whether these photos inspire you to plan a relaxing escape or walk on the wild side, we hope they ignite your senses and give you ideas for your next cruising adventure. If you have a photo you’d love to share, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or post it in our member photo gallery
Thanks to member Familygoboston for submitting this photo of Quito, Ecuador’s countryside, taken during a Galapagos Explorer 2 cruise.
November 20, 2013 | By Jamey Bergman | No Comments
View of Marksburg Castle from the ms Gerard Schmitter
I’m onboard CroisiEurope
’s ship, Gerard Schmitter, heading down the Rhine from Cologne to Strasbourg, in the company of travel agents and other industry professionals.
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I’ve been on river boats before, but never Croisi – so here I share with you a handful of things that stood out about the ship and the line as a whole in my first 24 hours onboard. Read on to find out more.
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