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.
Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas was spruced up during its recent month-long drydock, getting new carpeting, soft furnishings, menus, restaurants, additional cabins and a lot more. But the biggest buzz around the ship’s refurbishment: the first-in-the-industry “Virtual Balcony” cabins.
What’s important about the innovative inside cabin, which features floor-to-ceiling HD display screens that give passengers real-time views of the sights and sounds outside, is that it’s a sneak preview of things to come. The company’s much-heralded new build, Quantum of the Seas, due to launch in November 2014, will have the amenity in 373 of the ship’s interior rooms (on Navigator, it’s in 81 of the 643 standard interior cabins).
I toured a couple of the cabins this week as the Galveston, Texas-based ship sails in the Western Caribbean. The virtual balcony rooms are priced on average about $300 per person less than a real standard balcony cabin, Royal Caribbean says. Looking ahead at upcoming sailings I searched, the per-person cost for these cabins works out to $1,000, compared with $600 to $800 for a regular interior cabin.
It’s that time of the year again! Love is in the air and it’s snowing saccharine treats, raining Champagne, and we’re all wading through fields of red and pink. Whether you’re looking to embrace the kitsch of romance or sail far, far away, these cruise deals offer some salt breezes with the love that’s in the air.
Many are last-minute finds where you can snag yourself a bonus bottle of wine or some onboard credit with quick-booking skill. If cruising on Cupid’s watch is too much pressure this year, read on for some cool contests hosted by cruise lines that will get you in the mood for next Valentine’s Day.« go back — keep looking »