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The Celebrity Beyond features Le Voyage, chef Daniel Boulud’s first restaurant at sea.
A look at Celebrity Beyond: outdoor spaces, tons of light
By Brittany Chrusciel|April 28, 2022
The Celebrity Beyond, originally scheduled to launch last fall, made its debut on April 23 with more space, more suites and...
First Call: Entertainment and outdoor dining options shine on Discovery Princess
By Omar Perez|April 10, 2022
The sixth and final ship in Princess' Royal class made its debut March 27 with some features all its own.
The Emerald Azzurra in Ashdod, Israel.
First Call: Emerald Azzurra punches above its 'premium' weight
By Tom Stieghorst|March 25, 2022
The new Emerald Azzurra may be billed as a premium ship, but the food and service are luxury all the way.
The Ultimate Family Suite on Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas includes a slide.
First Call: Taste of the 'suite' life on Royal's Wonder of the Seas
By Cheryl Rosen|March 12, 2022
The Suite Neighborhood is a step forward for the line, bringing the best of past design together in one dedicated space,...
The Scarlet Lady's Sip Lounge is an ultraluxe velvet playground overflowing with Champagne and caviar.
First Call: Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady carries on brand's hip elegance
By Nicole Edenedo|March 5, 2022
On the Scarlet Lady, senior editor and novice cruiser Nicole Edenedo learns how to travel in style.
Deluxe suite accommodations on the MSC Seashore.
First Call: Yacht Club takes MSC Seashore to the next level
By Johanna Jainchill|January 8, 2022
Johanna Jainchill writes: "Much like the experience of flying first class, MSC's Yacht Club may have ruined me for the main...
Whirlpools inside the Solarium on the Odyssey of the Seas.
First Call: More of everything packed into Royal's Odyssey of the Seas
By Omar Perez|November 20, 2021
The Odyssey of the Seas has finally set sail. Here's what to expect onboard.
The Lido Pool on Holland America Line's Rotterdam, the final ship in the cruise line's Pinnacle Class.
First Call: Rotterdam blends new touches, nods to past
By Peter Knego|November 16, 2021
A first look at Holland America Line's newest ship, the Rotterdam, the seventh vessel to go by that name.
The Crystal Endeavor's aft Marina Platform in its deployed position.
Expedition and luxury happily married on Crystal Endeavor
By Tom Stieghorst|November 1, 2021
Crystal is making its long-anticipated foray into adventure cruising with style as the Crystal Endeavor debuts.
The World Navigator in Santorini.
Atlas Ocean Voyages' World Navigator sparkles in debut
By Peter Knego|August 18, 2021
The luxury expedition vessel has no helicopters or submarines but is a floating jewel in its own way -- handsome and...
The ship’s Grand Central atrium is a place for large-scale entertainment, cruise ship games and lounging.
Onboard Carnival's Mardi Gras: A bigger, better type of Fun Ship
By Tom Stieghorst|August 9, 2021
Let's be clear: This isn't the Carnival Mardi Gras, the ship that launched Carnival Cruise Line in 1972, but simply the Mardi...
The new pool on the Star Breeze with the deck set up for the line's signature barbecue.
First Call: More dining, more space on Windstar's extended Star Breeze
By Tom Stieghorst|June 26, 2021
The newly stretched ship is back and it’s bigger, but it still delivers a cozy, casual experience for cruisers.
The American Countess before its inaugural sailing on March 21.
American Queen celebrates a ship launch and a return to operations -- finally
By Jeri Clausing|March 28, 2021
The American Countess is the last paddlewheeler on the immediate development horizon for the domestic market. Senior editor...
The Scenic Eclipse in Malta, with its black chopper on the stern's top deck.
Scenic Eclipse invites guests to 'live like a billionaire'
By Johanna Jainchill|September 12, 2019
In many ways, guests onboard will feel as if this is a yacht of their own.
Larger staterooms onboard the Amadeus Queen feature drop-down windows that function as a balconies.
Amadeus Queen brings innovation in a sleek package
By Michelle Baran|April 20, 2018
From the midcentury, modernesque furniture to the bright and airy central lobby that enables natural light to flood from large...
Symphony of the Seas surprises and delights with tech touches
Symphony of the Seas surprises and delights with tech touches
By Tom Stieghorst|April 20, 2018
Cruise editor Tom Stieghorst didn't expect this ship, the fourth in the Oasis class, to hold many surprises. He was happy to be...
The fine-dining Waterside Lounge serves buffet breakfasts and lunches and a curated sit-down dinner.
Crystal Bach blends classic elegance with modern touches
By Michelle Baran|April 8, 2018
If river cruise ships are frequently referred to as floating hotels, the Crystal Bach can only be described as a luxury...
The curving design theme on the Seabourn Encore can be seen in the Grill by Thomas Keller specialty restaurant.
First Call: Encore throws a curve while maintaining the Seabourn feel
By Tom Stieghorst|January 20, 2017
A third generation of Seabourn ships debuted in Singapore this month, and fans of the small-ship luxury brand will detect both...
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