Cruise ship buffets — you either love the smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat fare and the uber-casual setting, or you hate the crowds, queues and food that’s sat out a bit too long.
If you’re someone who must have Patron in your margarita or won’t drink house wines, then you might want to examine drink packages to see if they are a better deal. Many drink packages will cover cocktails or wine up a certain amount; if your drink is more expensive, you either have to pay full price or simply make up the difference.
If you have access to the forward-facing spa terrace (Concierge-level passengers and above), know that it’s the best spot onboard for stargazing because the ship’s lights and funnel smoke don’t get in your way. Jump in the hot tub and look up, and you’re sure to be starstruck with your evening activity.
The US Government offers the free service STEP, or the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, for Americans who are traveling abroad. A free STEP enrollment means you connect with the nearest US embassy and enroll your trip with it. The embassy knows when you’ll be out of the country, which means it can contact you more easily if the area experiences any disasters, such as bad weather or civil unrest. Friends and family members can also contact you if an emergency occurs.
–By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor Cruise Critic is currently onboard Oceania’s 1,258-passenger Marina, cruising to Central American destinations like Belize, Honduras and Mexico. The ship is one of only two custom-built ships for the upper-premium cruise line (the other four are refurbished vessels from defunct Renaissance Cruises), and we love how the ship feels like its smaller R-class sisters, just … Read more
One of the biggest differences between a river and an ocean cruise is the size of the ship.
By Mike Kelly The Seven Seas Explorer will ply the Mediterranean until late this year, when it will begin sailing out of Miami. MONTE CARLO, Monaco — It takes a bit of nerve to brag that something of yours is the best, the richest, the biggest, or any other superlative that might come to mind. But that’s exactly what Frank Del … Read more
While the value of other deals might be higher in terms of dollars and cents, onboard credit has no strings attached. If you’re looking for a pure freebie, with the flexibility to use it however you’d like, this is a surefire pick.
There are four main categories of cruise line quality increasing in cost in order of standard ones, premium ones, upscale ones and luxury ones, and in each category, there are a number of different lifestyles to be expected onboard each individual line.
Up in the Explorer’s top, $10,000-per-night Regent Suite, which occupies much of Deck 14, travel agent Bob Newman aka “CruiseExpertBob” was wide-eyed and smiling so hard he could hardly talk.