Friday, July 31, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Professional reviews always have a different tone than reviews you might find on Cruise Critic or Cruiseline.com. Because of their experience, access to the ship's leadership, and compensation, the writers often don't experience or notice the same things a regular cruiser would. That is why some of the best professional reviews come when the writer is cruising for the first time. That's what happened in this review of the Disney Dream from Time/Travel + Leisure's Stephanie Wu.
Wu mentions the usual cruise tips about packing and carry-on bags. She also knows that some excursions require early booking. With regards to tips and thoughts on this particular ship, Wu writes that the quality of the food was a pleasant surprise and loved the access to the Disney movie library (we enjoyed this same little detail when we took a Disney Cruise).
Like all good reviews, Wu sets the stage, gives some unique details but moves everything along. We're glad she had a good time and glad she shared her review.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Gifford isn't moving back into Carnival commercials, but she will be talking about the wine and ships on the Today show and continues to serve as godmother to two Carnival ships.
For old time sake, here is one of Gifford's old commercials.
Monday, July 27, 2015
If you get to the ship on your own and experience any issues, the cruise company is not obligated to help you out. They will leave without you if it comes to that and won't be too concerned about your bags getting to the next port (if needed).
You might pay a little more for this piece of mind and commitment from the cruise company, but it is worth it.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The surest sign that a cruise line is delivering good service: passenger still raving about their trip after a fire on board. Sunday, Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas made its scheduled return to Port Canaveral. The ship also passed the Coast Guard inspection with no real signs of Thursday's fire. Meanwhile as passenger's disembarked, they had nothing but good things to say about their trip.
Aside from putting out the fire and cleaning up, passengers consistently mentioned how safe they felt during the fire. That is a testament to the crew and Royal Caribbean for handling what could have been a scary and dangerous situation well.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Power, paint and propellers are all featured latest episode in Carnnival's YouTube series Behind the Scenes: Carnival Vista.
This Episode still gets a bit too much into the technical and engineering of the ship, instead of just showing Carnival fans what they can expect. However, it does give a sense of Carnival's investment and commitment to new technology. You can infer that if they are implementing cutting edge technology to power the ship, they will also invest in the best possible passenger experience.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Waterfront dining = the perfect evening. pic.twitter.com/RDWanessHG— Cruise Norwegian (@CruiseNorwegian) July 22, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Where we disagree with Adequate Man
We feel better about the ship's tours and excursions than the columnist. Always do your due diligence, but any premium you might pay by going with the ship's preferred tours, you gain in knowing the vendor has been cleared by the cruise line.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015
Days at sea are some of our favorite parts of any cruise. The ship is filled with things to do and there are multiple activities every hour. TravelPulse put together a list of the best cruises if you want to maximize your days at sea. Most of the list focuses on repositioning cruises, but there are regular cruise -- like ones that cross the Atlantic -- that provide plenty of time at sea. They also recommend the slightly different, like alternatives on cargo and sailing ships. Those might be light on amenities, but they are certainly unique experiences.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
The company ordered a 787 Dreamliner for delivery in 2017. The plane will be configured to carry guests in fully reclining international business class seats. The goal is to provide their unique luxury service to destinations where the major carries no longer service with direct flights.
Crystal's expansion also includes traditional cruise ships, a yacht and a river cruise vessel. This is all good news for fans of Crystal and those who like luxury travel. Crystal has shown great quality and consistency for years. There is no reason to think that their new airline and new experiences won't be a great success.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
We thought it was a good time to revisit Facts about Disney's reviews of Disney Cruise Line. In this clip, Facts about Disney covers what you need to know about onboard dining.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015
In addition to the 10-story "Abyss," the Harmony of the Seas will also have three other twisting slides.
For a company that eschewed slides for so long, it is nice to see Royal Caribbean go all in on the attractions. We think it will pay off as a slide is something that will attract more guests that a rock wall or wave rider ever will.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
We've been somewhat nitpicky with Carnival's YouTube videos before, so it is only fair to point out this good clip above. Hosted by Travel Channel star Samantha Brown, this video covers most of the common questions of first-time cruisers.
Carnival uses Brown just like the Travel Channel would. The always perky host gives a tour of the ship while working in policies on food, alcohol and activities. If not for the shortened length and the full screen graphics, it would feel just like a typical Travel Channel special.
The final benefit of hiring Brown for this sort of promotion is that it elevates Carnival a bit to new cruisers. The fun ships aren't always known for their elegance or exclusivity, but Brown's usual resorts stops are. Here she makes the Carnival Breeze look like an upscale spa and resort. By focusing on the luxury, Carnival can impress those new to cruising and begin to change perception with frequent cruisers.
Monday, July 13, 2015
Only 37, McCue quickly rose through the ranks at Celebrity's sister company Royal Caribbean. Her success is also validation of Celebrity's focus on to advancing the role of women in leadership. (The company already has a female CEO.) Good luck to Captain McCue and to all those who sail with her this summer.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
There's never too much Frozen for Disney fans. As the above video from Popular Cruising shows, Disney worked in the blockbuster movie into its onboard entertainment, dining and even adult experiences.
This video is a bit different for Popular Cruising. Instead of a longer presentation with narration, Popular Cruising uses just images, music and video to highlight this Frozen cruise. But the shorter clip still makes it clear that Frozen is everywhere.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Celebrity Chefs are not new to cruise lines. But Thomas Keller is not your typical food star. He built his reputation on uniquely prepared dishes from local sources in an extremely exclusive and intimate setting. When he signed his deal with Seabourn, many wondered how he could recreate the French Laundry or Per Se experience at sea. Travel + Leisure has some of the answers.
In the Q&A, Brooke Porter Katz asks Keller about his plans and when and on which ships Seabourn guests will be able to eat his new creations. Keller gives the sense that he's not just going to slap his name on the Seabourn menus. It sounds as if he will stay involved and assure that Seabourn passengers get a true Thomas Keller experience.
Friday, July 10, 2015
"We Are Family" is playing somewhere in the background. Thanks for the family portrait, 'gaylandroberts.' pic.twitter.com/Owslq9wP5P— Celebrity Cruises (@CelebrityCruise) July 7, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Things are speeding up with Royal Caribbean's popular Voom service. The program -- which provides high speed internet on board -- will be available on all Royal Caribbean ships in 2016. The basic rate is $15 a day, but there are a variety of discounts and packages available when passengers buy multiple days or use multiple devices.
The service is currently available on all Oasis and Quantum class ships. It will be rolled out to the other ships later this year and into 2016. All reviews of the speed and quality of Voom have been good, so this should lead to a better experience for all Royal Caribbean passengers. It should also lead to other cruise lines improving their high speed services and prices.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
First it enhances Fathom's unique selling point. The brand, which is focused on service and environmental oriented travel, can position themselves as one of the first opportunities for many Americans to visit and help in Cuba. The island has welcomed plenty of relief workers over the years, but this will open things to a wider and more diverse group of volunteers. Carnival can also use the smaller Fathom ships to build up its infrastructure on the island in anticipation of its other larger ships coming in the next few years.
Politically, using Fathom works in both Cuba and the United States. The brand is focused on education and giving back. This should work well with the State Department's gradual easing of restrictions. Fathom's passengers won't just be there to drink mojitos and take pictures of old classic cars. This should also appease any Cuban fears of the island being overrun with "ugly" Americans looking to change the country (and politics) overnight.
Monday, July 6, 2015
There are numerous video reviews of ocean cruise ships, but not nearly as many of river cruise. That is why the above review of Viking River Cruise from Travel Yourself is so welcome.
Although the video starts in the room (and gives a good idea of the space and special touches), Cailin also shares some of the other highlights from her trip. The clip is short and to the point, yet gives the viewer feel for the experience and sprinkles in Cailin's personalty. It's a good mix.
For more travel videos, check out Travel Yourself.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Everyone knew that cruise ships would start regularly stopping at Cuba one day. However, we don't think many would have predicted a ship would use Havana as its homeport so soon. The MSC Opera will sail out of the Cuban city during the 2015-2016 winter season. The 16 cruises will sail Western Caribbean itineraries.
Because there are still limited flight options for Americans to Cuba, MSC is focusing on the Canadian, European and South American markets for the initial winter tour. Flight packages are available for all those regions.
Even as Cuba grows as a destination, the airport and infrastructure issues will continue to limit its ability to homeport multiple ships. But it is only a matter of time before all the major brands make stops there.
Friday, July 3, 2015
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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Nichelodeon and Norwegian Cruise Line agreed to end their marketing agreement and phase out the various Nick experiences and characters on all their ships. Both companies said the parting was mutual.
NCL can probably find another family-focused partner, but do they really need one? Kids might love Sponge Bob or Dora, but how many families are booking a cruise because of the Nick experience? NCL can still provide great kid and family-friendly activities without official branded characters. If someone is picking a cruise strickly based on character interactions, they are going to book a Disney Cruise. NCL's pitch to families should be that they are not Disney. They can offer a experience that is different from Disney (casinos, family-friendly but not overrun with kids, etc.). And in most cases they can offer a more affordable cruise.
If NCL does sign a partnership with a new children's entertainment company, it will be a nice marketing tool. But ultimately no kid deal is going to be a game changer for the company.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
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