Cruising is a fantastic choice of holiday for those who have a little one, however, it can be difficult to maneuvre around the ship with a pushchair, and hence a baby carrier can be a great solution.
We asked you to tell us why a cruise is the perfect holiday for those with a little sailor, and as always, we were very impressed with the creative suggestions.
Thanks to our winner Bernadette Colin, who wrote:
“A cruise holiday is perfect for families with little sailors because they can be as nautical as they wish while making new and wonderful friendSHIPS! Land ahoy! and plenty of excursions to thrill those little Pirates.”
Well done, Bernadette!
Thank you to everyone else who entered. If you weren’t lucky enough to win this time, please keep checking the Cruise Critic website for more chances to win great prizes.
Once geared pretty much entirely to the French, Compagnie du Ponant is working hard to court English-speaking passengers, ensuring that every cruise on every ship is bi-lingual, from menus to tours to safety drills. The Marseilles-based luxury line has also launched three nearly identical 264-passenger ships in the past few years, with another slated for debut next year.
Before we embarked on a 12-night cruise on Le Soleal from Singapore to Bali, I wondered: Does the industry really need yet another high-priced luxury cruise line? What’s so special about this one? Why would travelers who are not conversant in French choose Compagnie du Ponant over highly rated lines whose passengers are primarily English speakers?
On our cruise, which called solely at ports in Indonesia, I got some answers. Here’s why Compagnie du Ponant is a line to watch. Read on for more surprises.
Here’s a story to warm your hearts: When Cruise Critic member Wehwalt found himself locked out on the balcony of his Ruby Princess bow cabin, he had no one to call.
Shouting did no good, nor did pounding on the partitions that separated him from his neighbors. He even stepped over his balcony railing onto a public open deck, but found no help or emergency phone. Doors were locked and the wind was picking up.
Luckily, he had his laptop with him on his balcony – and an internet package. So he posted a distress signal on Cruise Critic:
“Sorry about this but either my cabin attendant locked my balcony door when he turned down my cabin or its stuck but I’m in L107 and can’t attract a response by shouting,” he wrote. “I’m not in any distress, but would like to be let in. Thanks all. Sorry to be a bother. Will stay online.”
Norwegian’s latest ship, Getaway, has launched – and Cruise Critic is onboard. UK Editor Adam Coulter and Production Editor Jamey Bergman are on a short trip from Southampton, taking notes, photos and video (you can see their posts live on our Getaway chat). Here are some of their first impressions.
The Miami vibe is not as strong as you’d think (but maybe that’s because we’re in the English channel)
There’s been a lot of hoo ha about Getaway being a Miami ship (as opposed to sister Breakaway being a New York ship), and how the décor and the venues will reflect that. True, the hull art is by a Miami-based artist, and much of the artwork and pictures hanging on the walls are Florida-themed. However, many of venues have merely had a name change. The Sugarcane Mojito Bar, for example, is the exact same venue and décor as Shakers Cocktail Bar. While it’s described as having ‘an island feel’, it doesn’t, really: just the menu is different. Meanwhile, The Sunset Bar is basically Maltings Bar: even down to the angled seating and color palette. The significant changes are the Grammy Experience (replacing Fat Cats), the Illusionarium; and Tropicana, all of which we will report on tomorrow.
Tonight at 9.45 pm (CET; 8.45 pm GMT) the residents of Giglio will hold a service to mark the second anniversary of the sinking of Costa Concordia.
They’ll gather at the harbourfront or on the nearby beach in view of the ship; or visit San Pietro church and light candles to remember the 32 people who lost their lives when the ship hit rocks just off this tiny Tuscan island.
Ahead of today’s Telegraph Cruise Show we caught up with Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell – an ambassador for Royal Caribbeean – who will be talking to visitors throughout the three-day event. She told us why she and her family likes cruising so much, what her favourite destination is and what an ‘ambassador’ really does.
Next week will be the first chance the public gets onboard to see Norwegian Cruise Lines‘ latest ship, Norwegian Getaway. After a handful of inaugural events in Europe, Getaway will make its way via New York and Super Bowl XLVIII (where it will double as a beer-themed hotel) to its homeport in Miami.
We’ll be onboard next week for a short cruise out of Southampton, and we’ll be live tweeting and answering your questions about the ship, so what we want to know is: What are you most looking forward to?
Queen Mary 2 celebrates 10 years of service this year and to commemorate that fact, Cunard has put together a short ‘infographic’ video packed full of fascinating facts about the iconic liner.
QM2′s carried more than 1.3 million passengers, as well as more than 2,000 dogs (QM2 is the only ship that offers a kennel service); crossed the Atlantic more than 200 times and visited 182 ports in 60 countries. An astonishing 21.9 million cups of tea have been served onboard (enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools), and 1.25 million bottles of champagne have been drunk (this last figure surprised us – we thought it would be a lot higher!).
You can catch sight of QM2 this Friday in Southampton, when the ship will depart on her eighth World Cruise, alongside Queen Elizabeth and celebratory fireworks. But Cunard is saving the big celebration until 9 May, when all three ships will arrive in their homeport of Southampton, and Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will salute the QM2′s first 10 years.