24/04/2015

Hot on the Forums: Are Cruise Ship Showers Turning to a Trickle?

shower head

Clingy curtains aside – and happily they are now becoming a thing of the past – nothing beats a nice shower after a long day’s sightseeing.

However, it seems high-pressured soaks aren’t what they used to be and a number of Carnival cruisers are no longer singing in the shower. They have taken to the Cruise Critic forums with a touch of the bathroom blues to report that showers have become sprinkles due to the installation of water-saving shower heads.

The thread was started by member crazyfrazee who writes: “On our last cruise I had the worst shower I’ve ever had in my life… The shower head wasn’t the metal one they normally had, it was a Walmart looking el cheapo plastic one with a plastic hose. I checked our other two rooms and they had the same. One had the water-saver washer removed so it was a great shower. I’ve always loved their abundance of water in their showers until now. Anyone else notice the change?”

Read on for more.

23/04/2015

You might like AmaWaterways if…

AmaWaterways' AmaVida

In terms of personality, AmaWaterways is a bit like those kids in school you secretly admired because they did everything well, and effortlessly. The line manages to offer both a personalized feel as well as the consistency that is a hallmark of larger companies.

Onboard, you’ll find high-end touches like regional cuisine and personalized shore excursions. The ship design has remained the same since 2010, meaning the majority of its fleet of 16 ships sailing Europe’s Rhine, Danube, Rhone, Saone, Seine, Douro, Moselle and Main rivers offer a consistent onboard experience. (Why mess with a good thing?) AmaWaterways also owns ships in Southeast Asia, sailing the Mekong and Irrawaddy rivers in Vietnam/Cambodia and Burma, respectively, and it charters the very luxurious Zambezi Queen riverboat in Africa.

 

AmaWaterways … will float your boat if you like:

22/04/2015

Five awesome features on Anthem of the Seas … and nowhere else

Decor on Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, debuted this week in Southampton in a whirlwind of two-night sailings that saw the ship christened in a music-filled celebration.

Coming just six months after Quantum of the Seas debuted, Anthem is a near twin to its fleetmate, with only a few changes made either in design or philosophy. If you’ve cruised Quantum before, the experience will feel a bit like deja vu.

But look closely, and you’ll notice some subtle and not-so-subtle changes: The art is completely different and totally fun, and there are 200 more seats among the four main dining rooms (Chic, American Icon, The Grande and Silk). But that’s not all.

Here are five awesome things you’ll find on Anthem of the Seas — and no other cruise ship (at least for now).

5 things that set Anthem of the Seas apart.

21/04/2015

Member review of the week: Marvellous Magellan in the Norwegian Fjords

Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Magellan

Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Magellan

This week our reviewer shares the experience of a great cruise holiday where the ship was just as enjoyable as the destination.

Mazzablue17 visited the Norwegian Fjords on a cruise and wrote that the experience of the scenery was “absolutely stunning.”

And our reviewer was equally happy with the cruise holiday onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ ship, Magellan. The entertainment and leisure events onboard particularly impressed, but there were really no complaints to be had from the “stunning” trip to the Norwegian Fjords.

Read on to find out more

20/04/2015

Where in the world is Cruise Critic?

Sunshine Bar in Solarium (photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Ship: Anthem of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s newest Quantum-class ship

Where: Southampton (and possibly Cornwall), UK

Who: Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor and Adam Coulter, UK Editor

Read on to find out more.

17/04/2015

Cruise Critic Live! chat: Royal Caribbean International’s CEO Michael Bayley

Anthem of the Seas arriving in Southampton on Thursday.

We caught up with the President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley, ahead of his Cruise Critic Live! chat onboard Anthem of the Seas on Tuesday.

He told us why he’s excited about Anthem, why the ship won’t be permanently based here – and what’s on his cruise bucket list…

Read on to find out more.

16/04/2015

You might like CroisiEurope if…

CroisiEurope's M.S. Beethoven

We’re taking a look at some of the most popular river cruise lines, so you can decide which one is best for your next vacation. Today: CroisiEurope.

Never heard of CroisiEurope? That’s okay. Not so many Britons are familiar with the pioneering French river cruise line, even though it has 43 vessels in Europe, Russia and the Mekong. But with its increased marketing efforts to British travellers, that could be about to change.

Will CroisiEurope float your boat? Click here to find out

14/04/2015

Q&A with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver

Jaime Oliver

When Anthem of Seas debuts later this month, the Royal Caribbean ship will have the second of U.K. celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s at-sea restaurants, Jamie’s Italian, onboard.  The for-fee restaurant focuses on seasonal ingredients, many with a unique twist, like crab and avocado bruschetta (of course, there’s more traditional items, including penne pomodoro, linguine with prawns and eggplant parmigiana).

We caught up with Jamie Oliver to get his views on bringing his signature style to the high seas.

Did you ever think that one of your restaurants would be on a cruise ship?

Never! When we opened our first restaurant in Oxford six years ago, I’d never have dreamed that we’d be opening on a ship! If someone had told be that I would have laughed. I wouldn’t have thought  it was possible.

Cruise Critic Live! Countdown to Anthem of the Seas

April 21, 12:00 PM EDT

Royal Caribbean’s new ship will set sail in less than three weeks! After spending the summer in Southampton, the hi-tech ship will head to its permanent home of New Jersey.
Add to calendar

Read on for more.

14/04/2015

Member review of the week: Oceana Canary Islands cruise

P&O Cruises' ship Oceana

P&O Cruises’ ship Oceana

Reviewer, Clodia, writes about her experiences onboard and onshore with P&O Cruises‘ Oceana on a cruise to the Canary Islands.

Embarkation: Despite the glamorous naming ceremony for Britannia happening nearby — and presided over by none other than Her Majesty, the Queen — our reviewer reported no problems.

Read our full review of the week.

13/04/2015

Where in the world is Cruise Critic?

Infinity Pool on Viking Star (photo: Viking Ocean Cruises)

Ship: Viking Ocean Cruises’ brand spanking new Viking Star

Where: Istanbul, the Greek islands, the Adriatic coast and Venice

Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief

Why There? Viking Ocean Cruises, a new, ocean-going cruise line spawned from Viking River Cruises, launches its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star, on its first-ever passenger cruise. Viking Oceans is the first cruise line to debut with all-new, purpose-designed and built cruise ships since Disney launched Disney Magic in 1998.

We Can’t Wait: While Viking’s philosophy for its new ocean line emphasizes destinations, such as longer days in ports of call and a nice mix of marquee ports (like Venice, Istanbul and Dubrovnik) with offbeat places (like Montenegro’s Kotor and Croatia’s Pula), we’re also excited to check out its innovative newbuild.

The ship has some nifty contemporary features, like a firepit, Nordic spa with Finnish sauna and snow room, and an Armagnac bar (not sure we’ve ever tried this brandy, distilled in France’s Pyrenees region, but open to the possibility!). Having cruised on Viking’s distinctive river-based Longships, we’re excited about the carryover of features on this ocean ship, such as the indoor/outdoor Aquavit lounge, a complimentary array of shore excursions, and free Wi-Fi, along with wine and beer at lunch and dinner. And we also look forward to the ships’ retro touches, including a wrap-around promenade deck (you don’t see that much on today’s newest big ships) and a lofty, two-deck-high Explorers Lounge observatory. Last but by no means least, we’re excited to share our discoveries in ports of call with you.

Follow along with Carolyn on Cruise Critic Live, where she’s sending updates all week long.

Where is Cruise Critic

Cruise Critic staffers set sail every week, traveling the globe to bring you the latest cruise ship trends, port sneak peeks and onboard observations.

(Got questions about any of the ships we’re boarding or ports we are visiting? Ask us in the comments!)

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