Cruise Tip of the Week: Set the Mood

Tip: Dinner for two in a cozy specialty restaurant, chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your cabin, walking along the top deck on a starry night… Cruises make the perfect romantic getaways. One way to set the mood is a little less obvious. If you’re venturing off with your significant other, pack some battery-operated tea lights. These […]

Member Review of the Week: Handcrafted Cocktails Take the Cake

Cruise Ship: Carnival Freedom Itinerary: Western Caribbean Member: sentrydriver Background: Hardworking 50-somethings sentrydriver and his wife decided to treat themselves with a cruise to the Western Caribbean. It was their third Carnival cruise in a row and seventh overall — and Freedom did not disappoint. Between good food, handcrafted cocktails and making new friends, their […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Pack More, Spend Less

Tip: There are tons of ways to stretch your spending money on a cruise, and one of them is BYOB: bringing your own beverages. Many lines ban passengers from bringing their own wine, beer and hard alcohol — or end up charging a corkage fee — but soft drinks, juices, bottled water and iced tea […]

Member Review of the Week: Pampered Under the Tahitian Sun

Cruise Ship: Oceania Marina Itinerary: South Pacific Member: CruiseMacks Background: Surrounded by warm water, sunny skies and picture-perfect views of the Tahitian Islands, CruiseMacks and her husband enjoyed their eighth Oceania cruise. The experience was a year in the making for her, as the organizer of a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet that welcomed 170 […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Get a Cabin Upgrade

Tip: Getting a free or low-cost cabin upgrade isn’t impossible — you just need a strategy. One way to up your chances is by booking a guarantee cabin. With a guarantee, the cruise line is essentially choosing your cabin. You’re assured space in the category you requested, but won’t know the exact cabin until a […]

Member Review of the Week: Family Meets Fun Ship 2.0

Cruise Ship: Carnival Glory Itinerary: Western Caribbean Member: MicheinMA Background: For MicheinMA and her family, Carnival Glory’s Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades were the perfect cure for a 10-year cruise withdrawal. She felt the food was fantastic, the shore excursions unforgettable and the ship’s overall vibe an ideal fit for her, her husband, teen and tween. […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Safe Packing

Tip: The carry-on bag you bring for embarkation day is more than just a place to keep your documents. Pack everything you’d need to hold you off until dinner: A swimsuit, change of clothes, any medications, etc. If your luggage gets lost by the airline or is delayed being delivered to your cabin, at least […]

Member Review of the Week: Wining & Dining Across the Atlantic

Cruise Ship: Seabourn Quest Itinerary: Transatlantic, from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona Member: travelingduo Background: Travelingduo and her partner reserved their Penthouse Spa Suite a year in advance for their transatlantic cruise onboard Seabourn Quest. With an itinerary full of sea days, the two enjoyed a fair share of variety. From restaurant hopping and spa perk […]

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