They’re back – and they’re better than ever. The 3RUN team which wowed the world last year – running and jumping all over Thomson Dream – have been brought back to show off the ship’s new home port of Jamaica. And this time they’ve teamed up with one of the few people who can give them a run for their money.
While Cruise Critic editors welcomed Norwegian Getaway prior to and upon its arrival in Miami, member Uncle Bernie also was there, getting a taste of the line’s newest ship. Although it was only a one-night sailing, he made the most of his time at the vibrant christening celebration, where he had 12 hours to explore the ship.
Communication with teenagers can be tricky at the best of times – so what do you do when you’re all at sea?
It’s a question that has been posed on our forums by Ksack, who readily admits to being an over-protective mother. She’s curious about how to stay in contact with – and keep a virtual eye on – teens onboard without running up expensive mobile roaming charges.
As always, our resourceful members have come up with plenty of ideas, ranging from posting sticky notes on mirrors, getting youngsters to report in at regular intervals, downloading apps or using walkie talkies. (Nothing would cool a teenager’s ardor with a new-found friend of the opposite sex than hearing mom or dad’s voice crackling over the airwaves!)
It’s no secret that weather woes have dominated the news this winter. From endless snows on the East Coast to bone-chilling temps down South to drought conditions in the West, it seems everyone is ready for a getaway, no matter how short.
Enter the cruise to nowhere, called “CTN” on our member forums for short. These “teaser” cruises – leaving from major ports such as Miami, New York or Los Angeles – usually offer only one or two nights at sea, with no port stops to distract you from the fun to be had onboard (especially at the bars, which is why these quick jaunts are often dubbed a “booze cruise.”)
Should you spring for a CTN? Or is it a drunken mess? We asked our expert staff for their opinion on cruises to nowhere, and here’s what they had to say:
“A CTN is a great weekend getaway for friends/ coworkers/ family/ spouse because everything you need is on the ship. It is also a good filler in between longer vacations when you need your “cruise fix.” – Jennifer Kuhn, Community Support
“There’s always lots of free-flowing alcohol on these, and people do take advantage and are up to all hours of night and morning! On the other hand, because of this, ships are quite empty for early risers to enjoy.” – Laura Sterling, Community Manager
Roatan, an island off the coast of Honduras, gets plenty of cruise activity throughout the year, with ships from most of the major U.S. cruise lines routinely making port stops here. The little island is a dream for snorkelers, scuba divers and lovers of relaxing beach days.
Yet some cruisers started questioning safety at the stop when a family of cruisers was robbed at gunpoint while touring independently in a rental car in January. (While drug violence on mainland Honduras has prompted a U.S. Department of State travel warning for the past year, their website does note that Roatan is safer than the mainland).
On a recent cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas, we caught up with Cindy Carter, a former Fort Lauderdale, Florida, resident who moved to Roatan eight years ago. An avid scuba diver, Carter runs Maya Key, a popular beach resort for cruise ship passengers that’s just five minutes away from the port.
Carter says that the scare had no effect on her bookings. She offers tips on how you can stay safer while traveling to Roatan (or anywhere else, for that matter).
The results are in….and the first bumper cars at sea, due to appear on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas, will be a fiery red color.
As we noted in our last post, Royal Caribbean executives had a lot of decisions to make when they were designing this area of Seaplex, which will be the largest sports and entertainment complex at sea. Everything about the type of floor to the model and color of the bumper cars themselves underwent debate.
Two barrels of single-malt Scotch whiskey have set sail with Hurtigruten on a voyage of discovery. During their year onboard the expedition ship Fram, the seafaring barrels of Scotch will clock up more nautical miles than the passengers embarking on the Norwegian line’s polar cruises.
The only downside is that unlike their adventurous fellow cruisers – who will return home full to the brim with tales to tell – by the time the cruising casks disembark they will be empty.
It’s been two years since cruise ships—any cruise ships—have called at Mazatlan, Mexico. So on February 1st when our ship, Azamara Club Cruises’ Azamara Quest, docked at this vibrant Pacific coast port, it ranked as one of only a handful of recent cruise arrivals. No wonder everyone I met in “Mexico’s colonial city on the beach” seemed genuinely glad (should I say relieved?) to see us.« go back — keep looking »