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.
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 email@example.com or post it in our member photo gallery.
Thanks to member SWACK who captured this photo while cruising: A boy and his burro in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range of western Mexico.
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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!)
Ship: P & O Ventura
Where: A combo of Western Caribbean and Southern Caribbean ports. The cruise starts in Barbados and calling at Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and St. Lucia.
Who: Adam Coulter, UK Editor
Why There? Ventura has had a makeover in 2013, and we’ll be updating our ship review.
We Can’t Wait: We’re excited to see the refurbishments, on a ship that’s already geared for families (I’m bringing mine along). Plus it’s a Caribbean cruise, calling in at some of the most gorgeous islands in the area, and with the weather we’ve been having…
Cruise Critic member Freckles83 posed an interesting question on the Holland America message boards recently. How about hopping off a ship in Costa Rica, known for the quality and low prices of its cosmetic surgery, having a quick procedure done, and hopping back on again?
If you think about this, it’s not a reality, as many members are quick to point out. For a start, no responsible surgeon would allow you in and out in a day – and the recovery time for even the simplest procedure (I googled liposuction, for example), is at least a few days. Besides, who wants to reboard their cruise ship bandaged up like a mummy, full of antibiotics, stitched and covered with bruises?
It’s natural that Gavin MacLeod, the legendary captain of “The Love Boat,” the now-classic television series filmed abroad and around Princess Cruises’ ships, has become cruising’s official expert on love at sea. That role, not to mention his long-term relationship with Princess Cruises as its romance spokesman, ties him indelibly to heart-shaped matters.
On a recent trip to Sydney, where MacLeod was officiating over a special vow renewals ceremony onboard Sun Princess for some 24 Aussie couples, Cruise Critic got a chance to catch up with the beloved captain to glean some tips on romance at sea. Not just in his role as “The Love Boat’s” most endearing character, but also because in real life he looks to his own long-running marriage to wife Patti as inspiration.
*What makes a cruise such a romantic way to get away,” he tells us, “is that when you are on a ship with a loved one, leaving all your cares behind, you really can just think about each other. Make the most of those moments. Try something new. Even line dancing can be romantic if you’re with the right person.”
This Valentine’s Day, we’re hoping that you’re heading out on a cruise with the love of your life (or maybe you’ll be surprised by tickets for your next romantic getaway).
Cruise ships offer plenty of opportunities for romance. So we figured we’d ask: How many of these cheesy romantic cruise clichés have you indulged in? (We recognize that “cheesy” is subjective. Let’s just say you know it when you see it!)
Take our Cheesy Romantic Cruise Quiz by giving yourself one point for every cheesy romantic cruise moment below that you’ve indulged in. At the end, check to see where you stand on the Cruise Romance Travel scale.« go back — keep looking »