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 […]

Where in the World is Cruise Critic? Celebrity Suites and Windstar

Ship: Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze Where: France’s Nice and Italy’s Portofino Who: Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief Why There? Star Breeze (formerly known as Seabourn Spirit) will officially join Windstar’s fleet and be christened by godmother (and travel journalist) Wendy Perrin in Nice, before setting off on a four-night mini-cruise that calls at Portofino and ends at […]

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