Contest: Name That Ship

If you guessed that we spend a lot of time here at Cruise Critic talking about ship trivia, you’d be right. After a recent discussion held on the origin of ship monikers, we thought it would be fun to create a game that picks them apart — in the literal sense. In this world, Carnival […]

8 Ways to Get the Most from Your Pre- or Post-Cruise

Many of the world’s major cities are cruise embarkation ports, ideal places to explore before or after a sailing. After all, if you’re already spending the money to fly there, doesn’t it make sense to extend your stay for a few days? If you’re like me, however, you’ve got a finite number of vacation days […]

A Eulogy for SkyMall

SkyMall — the catalog of quirky, useless and overpriced items for purchase at 35,000 feetĀ — declared bankruptcy and halted its print publication on Jan. 16. Below, I pay tribute to my best source of humorous blog fodder. Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of an old friend. A stalwart travel companion […]

Cruising Through YouTube

We all know that YouTube can be a rabbit hole: Once you fall in, it’s hard to climb out. For cruise lovers, there are thousands of videos you could watch, everything from pier runners to flash mobs to wild crew parties. (And if you can resist those related videos, I’d like to shake your hand.) […]

What If…Cruise Ships Had SkyMall?

On long flights, I’m a sucker for SkyMall. Although I’ve never actually bought anything, I get a kick out of the idea that travelers are able to make purchases — whether amazing or absolutely useless — at 35,000 feet. The last time I stole a copy of the magazine from my seatback pocket, it got […]

Cruise Gift Cards: Lines That Let You Give the Gift of Cruising

‘Tis the season to start thinking about the cruisers on your holiday shopping list. In the last two weeks, both Princess Cruises and Tauck rolled out new gift card programs, and with Black Friday looming, it’s time for a quick roundup of similar products. Read on for a list of popular lines that feature gift […]

11 Silly Signs Spotted While Sailing

I have a thing for signs, and I’ve seen my fair share of interesting, funny and just plain strange ones during my cruise travels. Below are a few examples, indicating what’s permissible to flush down the toilet, what not to do with a motorcycle and what will become of you if you’re caught smoking.

Live from….Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken: 6 Surprises

I’m currently aboard Hurtigruten’s Finnmarken, sailing the line’s northbound Norway coastal voyage from Bergen to Kierkenes. It’s both my first time to Norway and my first time sailing with an expedition line that focuses mainly on destinations, rather than onboard bells and whistles. Read on to see what I’m finding most intriguing about the ship […]

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