Handling shorter trips to the Caribbean out of its Miami homeport, Carnival Victory's vivid interior design pays homage to the world's oceans and seas, in bold strokes. Although we enjoyed our modestly priced cruise, the overall experience was off in a few key areas. Read full 10-part review
Queen Elizabeth is one of the most beautifully designed cruise ships we’ve had the pleasure of sailing. While we can't shake the thought that a certain level of service and amenities were limited only to pricey cabins, what stuck with us well after we returned home was the accessible elegance of the Queen Elizabeth. Read full 10-part review
Our cruise on Norwegian Jade was a mixed success, but definitely not without its attributes. We snagged a fairly inexpensive cabin visiting several very appealing Mediterranean ports, and looked forward to a sunny experience. Read full 10-part review
Princess Cruises aims for a consistent if conventional cruise experience. On our voyage aboard Star Princess the cabin was small and the dining unexceptional, but pool areas were expansive and service we received was polished and engaging. Read full 10-part review
Although Holland America's Veendam seemed overdue for a maintenance overhaul, we didn't encounter operational or sanitation issues and we had some genuinely good meals. If only the theater presented shows that were a bit more contemporary. Read full 10-part review
On Zaandam, our Interior Cabin was fine—not large, but adequate, and we slept comfortably. But our dining experiences were uneven and, considering the ship’s musical motif, several areas were overdue for cosmetic work to make it a bit more contemporary. Read full 10-part review
With lots of windows allowing ample natural light into common areas, this mid-size ship is a good bet for both first-time cruisers and veterans alike. But the surcharges added up, and a shortage of waiters in restaurants and hit-and-miss meals were areas where Radiance of the Seas should have been more radiant. Read full 10-part review
The Celebrity Infinity is contemporary and strikingly designed, for the most part. We were not wowed by the dining experience on Celebrity Infinity, and considering the steep add-on charge the specialty restaurants incur, this shouldn’t have been the case. Read full 10-part review
The Statendam challenges the notion that bigger is better. With restaurant menus promising sophisticated cuisine and elegant art lining the common areas, the ship caters to a slightly older, well-traveled crowd. Read full 10-part review
A mega-ship in every sense of the term, only two cruise liners are larger than Liberty of the Seas. The ship puts activities and entertainment front and center with a long list of blockbuster attractions, such as a cool surf simulator, a towering climbing wall, a theatre with productions that aspire to touring-show quality, and an ice rink—there’s even a cupcakery offering hands-on baking lessons!. Read full 10-part review
As the vessel that launched a new class of ships for the Carnival line in 2001, Carnival Spirit is a mid-sized cruise ship that largely delivers good value for money. Read full 10-part review
The Celebrity Eclipse is a beautifully designed vessel, and we discovered classy art and handsome hand-blown glass pieces throughout the ship’s common areas. However, the dining was a mixed bag. Read full 10-part review
While the original Nieuw Amsterdam was a sail and steam ship launched in 1906, this “nieuwest” version is an 86,000-ton vessel that represents the largest ship in Holland America’s fleet. Read full 10-part review
The Ruby Princess was designed to be an escape for couples – even if their kids are voyaging with them. While there are definitely amenities for all kids to enjoy, including age-appropriate centers, events, and activities, the majority of the on-board attractions are designed for adults. Read full 10-part review
The Carnival Freedom is a fun, lively ship available at a modest price point. Just don't expect gourmet food, although the extra-charge Steakhouse was an excellent reprieve from the basic fare in the ship's main dining room. Read full 10-part review
Just out of dry dock following a $155 million renovation, we joined the inaugural cruise of the former Carnival Destiny. The “new” ship, Carnival Sunshine, was not ready for the spotlight. Read More...
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