Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2

Posted on July 9th, 2015

The first time I reported on German-born Hapag-Lloyd Cruises—several years ago after sailing with the first Europa—I called it the best cruise line American vacationers had never heard of. Now there’s Europa 2, and it’s highly likely that travel consultants and their clients are hearing quite a lot about Hapag-Lloyd thanks largely to a lively marketing campaign.

Windstar’s Star Breeze

Posted on July 9th, 2015

The sparkling newcomers—Star Pride, Star Breeze and Star Legend—sport no sails, and it’s scarcely a surprise that the line’s veteran cruisers might be caught momentarily off base.

Cruising 2015

Posted on December 3rd, 2014

When it comes to the next new thing, cruise industry leaders are famously in the front lines with visionary plans. By all indications, 2015 promises more of the same, including a roster of new ships and a slate of timely developments.

Crystal Serenity

Posted on September 26th, 2014

It’s a given that when we’re wild for a product just the way it is, we’re wary of change. Yet, change comes...and sometimes we love the product even more. So it is with Crystal Cruises.

Cruising 2013

Posted on December 9th, 2013

Throughout a challenging season, cruise industry leaders have stayed on course, doing what they do best.

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth

Posted on October 9th, 2013

Start spreading the news: Cunard’s celebrated code for evening attire has changed—a significant happening duly noted by Recommend on a summer sail around the British Isles aboard Queen Elizabeth.