Twenty-Plus Years Later: Back On Royal Viking Star, Now Black Watch

Jodi evening uniform

by guest contributor Jodi Lien 1980, Dreaming In the early 1980s, legwarmers were a fashion must-have, the mullet was a coveted hairstyle and The Love Boat was a hit TV show. Weekly episodes were set aboard the dazzling Pacific Princess. Regular viewers, like me, wished we were there as the ship sailed away amid a… [Read More]

A Must Do When In Stockholm: ‘Steaming’ The Archipelago

Stockholm Archipelago Tours

My 16-year-old son and I spent a wonderful day visiting the Stockholm Archipelago. Venturing out into the vast network of islands is an experience too often missed by cruise passengers. Too bad. It is an easy, and exceptional, half-day experience. We left in front of the Grand Hotel at 13:15 (1:15 p.m.), cruised to Siaröfortet,… [Read More]

Photo Tips for Tours and Shore Excursions


by David and Anna Smith Many guided tours and cruise ship shore excursions provide excellent travel photography opportunities that are frequently missed. As frequent guest lecturers and invited escorts on tours organized by Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas, Anna and I have toured most world ports of call in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Atlantic, Caribbean, South American,… [Read More]

Reviewing Royal Princess: Photo Tours, Videos And A Super-Sized Ship Review

Kate Middleton, Invitation

She’s a big ship and her naming was a big event, so I took more than 1,000 photos in six days — along with millions of photographs taken by other journalists who were invited to the inaugural ceremonies celebrating Royal Princess. The first new ship design for Princess Cruises in a decade, Royal Princess certainly… [Read More]

Photo Tour: Royal Princess Pool Deck

The Retreat Pool

The new Royal Princess features Princess Cruises’ largest-ever top deck pool. The pool also features daily and nightly performances of new dancing fountains, music and live performers. Boasting Princess Cruises’ largest Movies Under the Stars screen, Royal Princess offers guests the chance to relax in comfortable lounger snuggled under a cozy fleece blanket while enjoying complimentary fresh-popped popcorn or… [Read More]

Photo Tour: Royal Princess

Happy Crew, Royal Princess

If you are a Princess Cruises fan, you’ll likely love the new Royal Princess. Aside from its new features and innovations, Royal Princess is an attractive and comfortable ship with beautiful public spaces, attractive color schemes, multiple venues to dine or have a drink, fun entertainment (including an expanded Movies Under The Stars), fitness facilities and… [Read More]

Photo Tour: Royal Princess Restaurants, Plus New Lounges

Gelato Royal Princess

Royal Princess features a new concept for Princess Cruises: the Chef’s Table Lumiere. Situated in Allegro (one of three main dining rooms), Chef’s Table Lumiere casts new light, literally, on the company’s popular — and the cruise industry’s first — chef’s table experience at sea. Guests sit at a custom-made glass table in an area… [Read More]