The Oasis will have amenities never seen afloat before, such as a zip-line and a carousel, as well as the first moving bar at sea, which will ascend from the ship’s Promenade area of indoor stores and cafes, to its Central Park, an open-air outdoor “park” with pathways, flower gardens and canopy trees that span the length of a football field. … In addition to Central Park, the “neighborhoods” include the Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone: 28,700-square-feet just for kids and teens with Kids Avenue, a central boulevard connecting various themed play areas; a nursery for infants and toddlers; a theater just for children.
One standard for measuring service aboard cruise ships is the crew-to-passenger ratio. Theoretically, the more attractive the ratio (i.e., the more crew serving a single passenger), the better the service. It stands to reason that luxury ships would have the most attractive crew-to-passenger ratios, followed by premium category ships and mass market ships.
A measure of cubic space per passenger, space ratio is derived by dividing gross tons by the number of passengers, double occupancy (by contrast, total occupancy counts for all occupied berths in a cabin, including third and fourth beds). The greater the space ratio, in theory, the less crowded the ship feels. So if you… [Read More]
World cruises, once thought of as being beyond the reach of ordinary people, are becoming a lifestyle for a select group of savvy travelers who realize they can cruise the world for less than it would cost them to buy and maintain a second home.
New York has nearly always been the final destination for European liners that began Transatlantic cruises in 1840. The city has seen ships bring waves of immigrants and scores of millionaires and movie stars. The Big Apple has welcomed the world’s greatest sailing ships, stately icons that symbolized a time of great glamour, elegance and… [Read More]
This week, the New York Times reported that consumers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the amount of time it takes to research and plan a trip online. “What we’ve seen is growing frustration,” said Henry H. Harteveldt, a Forrester travel analyst. “Consumers see other Web sites becoming easier to use — retail Web sites, banking… [Read More]
Copenhagen’s wonderful public transportation network is often overwhelmed from Kastrup to Malmo during rush hour, when Swedes who work in the Danish capital are returning home after work. Posted from my Blackberry.
Unfortunately, I fly from here today, but I will return in October. Belgrade appears to be a fascinating former Eastern Bloc city slowly emerging from its past. I’m sure it will be beautiful in the fall. Join me then. Next stop, Stockholm. Visit our sister site, River Cruise Advisor more on AMAWATERWAYS.