Onboard Carnival Panorama, which sets sail on the West Coast in December 2019, cruisers can expect a lot: live-action board games, big-screen movies outdoors, even celebrity chef home-cooking. What's better? It's almost all free! We've picked out five of the best things to do onboard Carnival's
Be it increased security, luggage restrictions, long check-in queues or hanging around in busy lounges, not everyone likes to travel by air. Taking a coach to join a European river cruise is a handy and relaxing alternative to flying and is often more cost effective, too. Several river lines and
Sailing on a new cruise ship during its inaugural year can be quite thrilling. Most new ships debut exciting and innovative features ranging from fancy restaurants to exhilarating outdoor activities and dazzling new stage shows. But, while sailing on a new ship comes with great rewards, there are risks as well. Cruise Critic has rounded up seven things you should never do if you're sailing on a brand-new cruise ship.
Free. Money. Are there two more beautiful words in the English language? While money doesn't grow on trees, increasingly it can be found somewhere else -- on the high seas. Call it an incentive, call it a bonus; whatever you want to call it, onboard credit lets you spend more freely with less guilt. You've paid your cruise fare, and now you can splurge on those enticing extras -- Swedish massage, specialty restaurant, an excursion to snorkel among shipwrecks -- without busting your budget. Not many need convincing as to why onboard credit -- money automatically deposited into your onboard account-- rocks, but finding out exactly how to get it and where you can spend it is a bit trickier. We found eight ways to hit the OBC jackpot and offer even more suggestions on how to burn through it, although you probably have your own ideas already.
Sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruises. Setting sail as a single traveller can be an intimidating idea, especially if you’ve never done it before. But more and more solos are taking the plunge – and cruise lines are going all out to make them feel welcome. Taking a quiet moment out on deck of Fred. Olsen Cruises’ Boudicca in the Indian Ocean sunshine, my peace was gently interrupted by half a dozen fellow guests who took up residence on the loungers beside me. As they were chatting and laughing, I presumed they had come on this cruise as a group. I struck up a conversation and, noting the different regional accents among them, enquired as to how they had all met. “About two weeks ago, over dinner at the start of this cruise!” said one. “We all came by ourselves and now we’re all friends.” Later, I was talking to Jim, a single man in his late 60s whom I had got to know. As a solo traveller, what had made him choose this type of holiday? “How else could I see exotic places like Africa and Mauritius?” he said. “There’s no travelling involved apart from day trips, the food is great and I even get my favourite beer on board. It’s all so easy.”
Sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruises. A small or medium-sized ship takes you closer to the action, whether it’s slipping miles inland along a scenic river, or squeezing through narrow canals. Here are 10 experiences you’ll only have on a smaller ship, from the silvery beaches of the Seychelles to fireworks over the heart of Seville.
Sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruises. For once, it’s smooth sailing on the motorways as we drive from north Cambridgeshire to Dover, where I’m boarding Boudicca for a Baltic Sea cruise with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. It’s been well over a decade since I first hit the high seas, and then on a very different kind of ship, so I’m practically a cruise virgin. On this voyage, I’ll be visiting Scandinavia for the first time. We’ll sail through the Kiel Canal and are due to visit Stockholm and Copenhagen, as well as stopping at three islands: Danish-owned Bornholm; Swedish Gotland, for the port of Visby; and Mariehamn, capital of Finland’s Swedish-speaking Åland islands. It’s an intriguing itinerary; practically all Baltic cruises include the long haul east to St Petersburg, and this one doesn’t, but I’m attracted by the idea of exploring smaller ports and the promise of two new capital cities.
Sponsored by Fred. Olsen Cruises. If you’re new to cruising, you may not yet have realised what incredible value a cruise holiday is. So much is included on board – all meals, entertainment and lectures, daily classes in the gym and on some voyages, drinks.