Spend any time on Cruise Critic's message boards and you'll see one question raised over and over again: "Which cruise line is better for me -- Regent Seven Seas Cruises or Oceania Cruises?" It's natural for travelers to be curious about the merits of one cruise line over another -- especially when those two lines in question are owned and managed by the same parent company (Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.). It's true that Regent and Oceania share many of the same values. They both strive to provide excellent service, focus on exceeding your culinary expectations and devise cruise itineraries that explore all corners of the globe. But there are also some key differences. Let's delve into what makes each cruise line special.
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If you believe sea days are for reading, cruises are for relaxing and that the cruise ship librarian should be just as important as the cruise director, then these next few slides might appeal to you. Whether you're an avid bibliophile or simply appreciate a quiet, scenic atmosphere to unwind
Set at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa teems with travelers' temptations: safaris, wine country, beaches, tribal culture and multicultural cities. The biggest dilemma for any visitor here is not in wanting for choice, but in making the tough decisions on just what to
Are you a lobster-lover? A crab connoisseur? A fish fanatic? When it comes to seafood, cruises do it right, from casual catch-of-the-day dinners to specially prepared and delivered dishes to satisfy any foodie. Check out our list of nine onboard restaurants that take cruise ship seafood to new
Cruise line cancellation policies are complex and inconsistent industrywide, and not always forgiving to travelers who need to abandon their vacation plans at the last minute. To help you out, Cruise Critic has taken a close look at the cancellation policies and penalties for 18 of the world's top cruise lines. As you peruse them, it's wise to keep the following in mind.
Cruise lines, especially the premium and luxury ones, understand that many travelers want sea-day activities more stimulating than poolside lounging or shuffleboard. To that end, several offer onboard enrichment programs, so passengers have a way to engage their brains between ports. What can you learn onboard? Some enrichment programs focus on educational topics like finance, the cosmos, history, art and computers. There's plenty of personal enrichment, too. Cruise lines offer health and wellness programs that focus on everything from meditation to stress management, while others offer hands-on cooking classes led by a professional chef. You can also learn to create a website, enhance your bridge skills or even paint with watercolors under the watchful eye of a professional artist. If the idea of going back to class -- and experiencing the pleasures of cruising at the same time -- appeals, check out some popular cruise choices for onboard enrichment.
Regent Seven Seas has a long reputation for luxury in the world of ocean cruising, while Viking, a trendsetter on the rivers, is the new kid on the block on the oceans. Viking doesn't like to use the word "luxury," but it's certainly created a product that has drawn the attention of many luxury cruisers. So, it's natural to compare the lines. Viking or Regent Seven Seas? It's a question we hear surprisingly often. In truth, the cruise lines are quite different: Regent Seven Seas is an all-inclusive luxury line, while Viking offers a mostly inclusive upscale experience. Let us help you figure out which cruise line -- Viking vs. Regent Seven Seas Cruises -- is right for you.
Olympics fever is alive in 2018, with the XXIII Olympic Winter Games taking place in PyeongChang County, South Korea, from February 9 to 25, 2018. Many people love to watch the games on TV, but what if you've planned a cruise during February? Will you be able to watch the Olympics onboard? Several cruise lines are getting into the Olympic spirit, broadcasting the games via in-cabin TVs and on big screens in public areas around the ship. Some are hosting Olympics-themed events, from competitive events onboard to viewing parties in lounges and theaters. Read on to find out what your favorite cruise line has in store for Olympics season.