Unluck of the Draw: 13 Tablemates to Avoid at Dinner

I rarely choose the set-seating dining option when anytime dining is available, so I generally have the option of dining alone. But on the few occasions I’ve eaten with strangers, I had delightful experiences. I wondered: What’s with the stigma? Then, on one of my most recent sailings, my travel companion and I were stuck [...]

Poll Position: Extra, Extra, Read All About It

There’s been a lot of cruise news lately — some good, some not so good. With a bit of it getting national media attention via mainstream outlets, we sometimes wonder how much is too much. We were curious what our readers think, so we asked….

Counting the Calories in Cruise Cuisine

With a nearly unfathomable number of dining options at sea, you can pretty much eat around the clock — and we wanted to know just how many cruisers actually do. So, whether you order one of everything on the menu or strive to maintain your girlish figure…

Poll Position: Do You Pay for Onboard Internet?

Over the years, we’ve asked lots of Internet-related poll questions: Do you go online while you’re onboard? What do you do if the Internet is slow? Do you stay off the grid while you cruise? But recently we realized we had never actually asked our readers whether they pay for the privilege of connecting at [...]

Poll Position: When Is a Vacation No Longer a Vacation?

Here at Cruise Critic, we’re usually desk-based. But when we do get to travel once or twice a year, those trips aren’t exactly a vacation. We scurry around onboard taking notes, snapping photos, chatting with hotel managers, interviewing fellow passengers, checking e-mail and filing stories and Facebook posts via painfully slow Internet. Cruising is our [...]

Poll Position: Godmothers-To-Be

A handful of new and exciting ships are launching in the next couple years, and their respective cruise lines have chosen godmothers almost as flashy as the ships they’ll be christening. With several big names on the roster, we wanted to know which is your favorite.

Poll Position: Online Bookings

When it comes to booking, you have a ton of flexibility: book in person, over the phone or online with a travel agent, through your cruise line of choice or via a third-party vendor like Expedia or Travelocity. With online commerce gaining more traction than ever, we wondered just how many cruisers make their travel [...]

Can a ‘European’ Cruise Line Win Over America?

Despite having ships stationed in five continents, Italy-based MSC Cruises is almost always thought of as “very Euro.” (We’ll explain in a minute.) So it may have come as a surprise to some that the line will be basing its splashy 3,502-passenger MSC Divina year-round in Miami. The one-year-old ship will begin offering Caribbean cruises [...]

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