Cruise Critic staffers set sail every week, traveling the globe to bring you the latest cruise ship trends, port sneak peeks and onboard observations. Here’s where we are this week.
(Got questions about any of the ships we’re boarding or ports we are visiting? Ask us in the comments!)
Where: Eastern Caribbean
Who: Brittany Chrusciel, Editorial Assistant
Why There? We haven’t yet experienced a full sailing on Getaway and are filling in some gaps in the review, including updates to our dining section since the Norwegian Next overhaul and sampling the comedy and fermented grapes of Wine Lover’s the Musical.
We Can’t Wait: I had the opportunity to sail Getaway on a one-night cruise to nowhere for the inauguration and can’t wait to get back onboard to try everything I missed — from the noodles at Shanghai and sushi at Wasabi to the gourmet plates at Ocean Blue and the Cuban cuisine at Flamingo Grill, I will be packing on the pounds in the name of cruise!
Who: Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor
Why There? Its active volcanoes notwithstanding, Iceland has been appearing on more ship itineraries in recent years, particularly in Akureyri, the country’s second-largest city. Located in Iceland’s north, Akureyri draws summer stops from Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity, and Holland America , as well as Azamara, MSC, Costa, Oceania, Silversea and Cunard. We’ll be checking out what sort of things you can do in this remotely rugged part of the world.
We Can’t Wait: Ever heard of a little show called “Game of Thrones?” The scenes north of the Wall are filmed in northern Iceland, and show-related tours are now available in Akureyri. We hope to get in some whale watching, horseback riding – and a few dips in the area’s thermal springs.
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