CRUISING, Family-Style

Posted on September 1st, 2015

Considering what’s afloat in the way of coming attractions—from a new Disney “Star Wars” adventure and Norwegian’s first nursery for tiny tots, to Carnival’s new Family Harbor Cabins and Holland America’s first purpose-built staterooms for family groups—it’s scarcely a stretch to say that a cruise-shopping family never had it so good.

Onboard Review: AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto

Posted on July 29th, 2015

When trip-planning clients pounce on a river cruise line bearing a name derived from the Latin word for “love,” chances are they’re conjuring a vision of themselves as pampered passengers on the receiving end of intimate, nurturing attention.

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.