Archive November 2015

Cruise Critic Chat: Q & A with Tauck River Cruising

(3:15 p.m. EDT) — Tauck River Cruising President Jennifer Tombaugh sat down with Cruise Critic members for a question and answer session in mid-November. Here are her answers to queries about the all-inclusive luxury river cruise line: Aloha 1: Why should we consider Tauk over Scenic, Avalon, or Ama? What makes your company a better choice? Jennifer Tombaugh: Thanks for your question, and I understand how sorting out the differences between river cruise lines can be a challenge, particularly when everyone seems to use the same language to describe their offerings. We point to four...

Princess Cruises Announces 2017 European Dates, Majestic Princess Sailings

(12:40 pm EDT) — Majestic Princess, the newest ship from Princess Cruises and the first to be built for the Chinese market, will debut in 2017 with a series of Mediterranean voyages. The 3,560-passenger ship, which will be a sister vessel to Royal Princess and Regal Princess, will hold its inaugural sailing April 4, 2017, with a five-night maiden voyage to the Adriatic Sea from Rome (Civitavecchia). The ship will then sail a series of seven-, 14-, 21- and 28-night itineraries departing Barcelona, Athens and Rome before heading to Asia. The line also released the rest of its...

Multi-million pound makeover for Southampton’s QEII Terminal

(3:45 p.m. GMT) — A £5 million revamp of Southampton’s Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal is due to get underway this winter. ABP Port of Southampton and Carnival UK have joined up to fund the project that will be carried out over two stages in 2015/16. The first phase is due to be completed in spring 2016 and will include improvements to the existing check in, baggage and passenger X-ray areas, installing a new 46-person lift and reorganising the passenger drop-off area. The installation of a new ship-to-shore walkway to replace the existing one is part of the second phase...

Tiffany’s Jewelry Store Opens on Oasis of the Seas and Other Cruise News

(12:05 p.m. EST) — Sparkle lovers, rejoice: The first Tiffany & Co. boutique at sea is opening on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas tomorrow. The freestanding store will be in the ship’s Central Park neighborhood, which is also home to a Coach store. The boutique, which will have the same luxury look at the company’s stores on land, will offer a full selection of Tiffany jewelry, including engagement rings and watches. “We are delighted that Royal Caribbean guests will now have the opportunity to explore Tiffany’s legendary collections in...

Mystery holidays: Are we really that bored of holidaying? | World Travel Guide

Daniel Fahey jets off with Mistrip, a company that keeps the location and itinerary secret until the last minute. But are we really that bored of holidaying? I know three good stories that begin at an airport: one involves magic mushrooms; another soiled shorts through security. This is the third. I was stood coffee-less among the brightly lit, early morning queues of the check-in desks at Stansted Airport with a borrowed bag and an unopened A4 envelope. My instructions were simple: Stansted Airport, 7.30am. No destination; no hotel; no one to meet. But travelling with Mistrip, that was the...

Amsterdam: A tour with the whores

Two of Holland’s most famous hookers give Gavin Haines the ultimate introduction to Amsterdam’s red-light district. Aptly, I meet the hookers on a street corner. They’re dressed identically: navy jeans, red leather overcoats and scarlet boots, with baby blue berets perched atop their wispy white hair. I flash them an awkward smile and their painted lips part to reveal pearly white teeth. Martine and Louise Fokkens are identical twins and have the dubious distinction of being the most famous hookers in Holland. At 73 years old, they’re also probably the most...

Emirates Debuts the World’s Largest Passenger Plane

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Sydney’s White Bay Cruise Ferry Postponed at Last Minute — Again

(12:00 p.m. AEST) — Sydney’s new ferry to White Bay Cruise Terminal has faced another setback. The service, operated by Captain Cook Cruises, was set to start running tomorrow (20 November 2015) but final clearance has not yet been issued by the NSW Ports Authority. The last-minute hitch has forced Captain Cook Cruises to postpone the launch of the long-awaited ferry and remove details from its website, which has been promoting and selling tickets since last week; however the operator told Cruise Critic the new tentative start date of 24 November is also not guaranteed. The...

Fire on Ponant Cruise Ship Le Boreal Causes Evacuation

(11:40 a.m. EDT) — An engine fire on Le Boreal, a luxury cruise yacht owned by Ponant, caused hundreds of passengers to be evacuated early Wednesday morning while the vessel was traveling on an Antarctica cruise. According to British broadcaster ITV, the 264-passenger ship issued a distress call just after 2 a.m. while it was near Cape Dolphin, north of the Falkland Islands. The news agency reported that 90 of the ship’s 347 passengers and crew were air lifted to safety from life rafts, while the rest were transferred to another ship. The Falkland Island Government Emergency...

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca Cruise Ship to be Fitted With Balcony Cabins

(2:45 p.m. GMT) — Twenty-eight cabins will be fitted with terrace balconies during a refurbishment to prepare Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Boudicca for the 2016/17 cruise season. Following a 16-night Mediterranean cruise, the 880-passenger vessel left Newcastle in the U.K. today, bound for Germany’s Lloyd Werft shipyard. The new balconies, which will extend 1.2 metres out from the ship’s bulkhead, will be added to cabins situated on Lido Deck 7. The dry dock will also include engineering work, general renovation and interior and exterior painting. Boudicca is the...

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