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!)
Ship: Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess
Where: Departing Fort Lauderdale to Princess Cays, The Bahamas
Who: Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor
Why There? Although it’s been sailing for six months, Regal Princess is finally being christened at a Love Boat themed event featuring the entire original cast — and Charo!
We Can’t Wait: Besides Captain Stubing and Isaac the Bartender, a roster of the show’s former guest stars will be at the event, including a Who’s Who of 70s/80s TV shows (Jamie Farr! Florence Henderson! Lorenzo Lamas!) Expect a lot of #selfies. I also can’t wait to dig into Chocolate Journeys, Princess’ new sweet experience from chocolatier Norman Love. Chocolate salted caramel rum shake? Sign me up.
Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas
Where: Who cares? Joking, of course, but we’re on the Atlantic Ocean repositioning between England’s Southampton and New York. No ports in between. It’s all about… Quantum!
Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief
Why There? While Royal Caribbean is offering a handful of promotional, two night sailings, we wanted a more in-depth experience. Mind you, Cruise Critic is totally excited to be part of the two nighters — both in Southampton and New York. But eight straight nights, all at sea, means we’ll have plenty of time to sample the offerings, from the North Star to bumper cars, on this year’s most exciting new ship.
We Can’t Wait: Suffice to say, we booked our cabin on this ship in May 2013 — 17 months before the ship’s launch! So we’re pretty jazzed. We’re also excited that our November 2 cruise will offer the largest ever — largest ever, which is saying something — Cruise Critic meet up onboard. And we hear there are rumors of a flash mob wedding proposal (what would we do without inside insights from Cruise Critic members). Beyond that, we’re going to check out the restaurants, entertainment, venues, shops, etc. And we’ll take lots of photos. So stay tuned.
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