Cruise Tip of the Week: Snagging a Cheap Last Minute Getaway

Tip: Book within 60 to 90 days before departure. This is most cruise lines’ last call for passengers to cancel existing reservations without penalty. If a lot of spaces open up, you most likely will see major price drops as they try to sell out the ship. Full Article: Read eight more tips about getting […]

Member Review of the Week: Traditional vs. Freestyle Dining

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Getaway Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: Alwaazl8 Background: As a seasoned Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruiser, Alwaazl8 enjoyed the two cruise lines’ offerings — including the traditional cruise dining style of set dining times and tablemates. But Norwegian’s freestyle atmosphere sparked Alwaazl8’s curiosity, and they decided to test the waters on Norwegian Getaway. […]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Cruising Down Under

Destination: Sydney, Australia Why Go?: You can’t miss Sydney if you’re cruising Down Under. The capital of New South Wales is both a starting and ending point for ships that sail to Australia and New Zealand. Don’t miss a tour of the Opera House, a stroll through historic Rocks or the 3.5-hour trek up the […]

April 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Springtime in Europe

Get your April 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! With the Euro at record lows against the dollar, we’re dreaming of spring on the Continent. So it’s the perfect time to put this shot of a cruise ship docking in the port of Marseilles, France, on your desktop. Here’s how to put this photo on your computer, tablet […]

Member Review of the Week: Spring Break Sun, Sand & Solitude

Cruise Ship: Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas Itinerary: Western Caribbean Member: kinesiologynerd Background: A pair of empty deck chairs and two pina coladas were calling kinesiologynerd’s and his girlfriend’s name, when the college couple snagged a Spring Break deal on Independence of the Seas. As first time cruisers, they decided to test the waters […]

Wanderlust Wednesday: Stepping into a Storybook

Destination: Edinburgh, Scotland Why Go?: This fairytale city is full of surprises. But some of the more obvious landmarks like the Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral and Greyfriars Kirkyard (shown) also make for worthy adventures. Check the tourist "musts" off your list, grab a malt beverage at Sandy Bell’s and make sure you leave enough […]

Member Review of the Week: A Perfect Match

Cruise Ship: Regent’s Seven Seas Navigator Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: NJtripper Background: Steering clear of recreational activities and over-the-top formal nights, seasoned cruisers NJtripper and her husband found their perfect match on Regent Seven Seas’ 490-passenger ship. They were aiming for an intimate cruise experience with first-class service, peace and quiet and a flavorful itinerary […]

Where in the World is Cruise Critic?

Ship: Cuba Cruise’s Celestyal (Louis) Cristal Where: Cuba (Havana, Santiago, Holguin, Cienfuegos & Trinidad) and a stop in Montego Bay, Jamaica Who: Chris Gray Faust, Destinations Editor Why There? Canada-based Cuba Cruise is the first cruise line to allow Americans to visit Cuba through a partnership with several non-profit organizations, such as the Fund for […]

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