March 2015 Desktop Wallpaper: Sunset Sailaway

Sunset Sailaway

Get your March 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! We love the sight of a brightly lit cruise ship slipping through the dusk (especially after a particularly impressive ocean sunset). Here’s hoping that this desktop calendar inspires you to think back on your last cruise – and dream about the next one.

Here’s how to put this photo on your computer, tablet or mobile phone:

1. Click on the following links to get the size that you want. Each link will open a new window (or tab) displaying the wallpaper, in the appropriate format for your screen size.

2. For the desktop versions, right-click on the image, and choose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture,” or something similar. The wording depends on your browser. Mac users should ctrl-click and save the photo on their computer in the “Pictures” folder.

3. If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference panel (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose”Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

4. For phone and tablet, open the link and center the photo on your phone so it fills the screen. Take a photo and save it on your device. Then go to your Settings and find your Wallpaper (on an iPhone, this is under “Wallpapers & Brightness.” Set the saved calendar photo as your wallpaper.

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Check back on March 31 for the April 2015 calendar.


Cruise Critic Live!: A special announcement and everything Britannia

The bow of Britannia

The bow of Britannia

Our next Cruise Critic Live! takes place Wednesday, March 4th at 11 a.m. (GMT) and looks at the newest and biggest ship in the P&O Cruises’ Fleet, Britannia (which will be named by Her Majesty the Queen, as predicted by our readers).

Our special guest is someone who can tell us about everything that will be happening onboard – Christopher Edgington, Marketing Director of P&O Cruises.

We caught up with Christopher to quiz him ahead of the chat and here’s what he had to say:

Read on to find out more about Britannia


Coming soon: Yet another thrill ride

Carnival Vista Exterior

Last week Carnival unveiled its new ship, Carnival Vista. It comes with a host of new features to stun and amaze, not least the first IMAX cinema at sea and a kind of thrill ride high above the deck in a recumbent bicycle. But there’s something that the brains behind these novel ideas missed – an idea that unites every cruiser …

What’s that idea? Read on to find out.


River cruise snapshot: Sailing River Royale in Bordeaux

Uniworld's  cruise ship River Royale

As we look ahead to this year’s river cruise season, we revisit one unforgettable experience our reviewer had sailing in Aquitaine in southern France onboard Uniworld’s refurbished River Royale.

Read on to find out more.


Member review of the week: Great cruise on Norwegian Spirit


Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit

There’s nothing wrong with the try-it-and-see approach to taking a cruise holiday. In fact, chances are high that you’ll turn out to be pleasantly surprised, as this week’s reviewer found.

faraway8 tells us about a cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Spirit in ‘free style mode’ that was easy going and went off without a hitch.

Read on to find out more.


First impressions (and lots of pix): P&O Cruises’ Britannia

The atrium of Britannia

The atrium of Britannia

My first glimpse at P&O Cruises’ Britannia at the weekend was a real surprise – and in the best possible way. If you like smart, contemporary hotels, this will be your kind of ship. Britannia is all cool and chic, boutique instead of bling. There’s no orange, or pink, or swirly carpets. No crazy statues, no gimmicks, no sweeping design statements.

Read on for the full story


The puzzle of cruise ship jigsaw etiquette

On a recent cold and snowy river cruise, I was tempted to pick up a jigsaw puzzle from the library to while away the afternoon. The moment passed when the only one available featured an unremarkable photo of an unknown (to me) European royal family. I also wondered if the lounge staff would clear away my work if I left the table before having the satisfaction of slotting in the last piece.

I now realise my fleeting conundrum was nothing compared to the literal puzzle faced by Cruise Critic member kayelbee, who took to the message boards to raise the subject of jigsaw etiquette. Namely, is it OK to pitch in when someone else has started a puzzle? And does it make a difference whether you’re simply helping with the easy parts or taking the glory by completing the final piece of sky or expanse of grass?

kayelbee, who prefers to work alone, told a tale of jigsaw wars over a partially completed puzzle on P&O Cruises’ Oriana.

Read on for the full story


Cruise Critic Live!: Can you afford a luxury cruise? (yes you can!)

Our next Cruise Critic Live! takes place a week today (Thursday, February 26) at 4 p.m. and looks at the world of Luxury Cruising.

Our special guest is someone who knows a thing or two about the Luxury Cruise sector – Scott Anderson, General manager of the Luxury Cruise Company.

We caught up with Scott to quiz him ahead of the chat and here’s what he had to say:

Read on to find out more about Luxury Cruising.


Countdown to Britannia: Q&A with Eric “Cake Boy” Lanlard

Eric “Cake Boy” Lanlard has been a fan of cruising for many years. In fact, his love of the sea goes back to when he served in the French Navy as a youthful cadet (yes, that is him above, on the right).

He was first introduced to P&O Cruises – where in less than three weeks’ time he will be unveiling the Market Café onboard Britannia – by Atul Kochhar, a long-time P&O Cruises’ chef.

We caught up with Eric ahead of the launch and quizzed him about what we can expect from him onboard.

Read on to find out more.


Member review of the week: Excellent cruising experience!

Thomson Majesty cruise ship

On a cruise to the Canary Islands onboard Thomson Majesty, Cruise Critic member true reviewer raved about the service onboard.

Countering any naysayers, this week’s cruise reviewer writes, “Would we cruise on this ship again? Absolutely!”

Read on to find out more.