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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
According to the groundhog, spring is quickly approaching, and if you’re like me, warmer weather inevitably gets you thinking about where you might want to plan your next sailing. Whether you’re on a tight budget or plan to book the most high-end luxury cabin, I’m willing to bet that getting a good deal would put [...]
With lots of maritime practices being called into question of late, it’s clear onboard rules and regulations are necessary. Some, however, need to be tightened, and others could stand to be loosened a bit. We decided to ask our readers which one of four popular “laws of the lido” they’d most like to see amended.
A few weeks ago, when Carnival Triumph had engine troubles that left more than 4,000 passengers adrift at sea with little power, we posed a question to our readers about whether the incident would hamper their love of cruising. The response was an overwhelming “no way!” Now, following a week in which Carnival Dream, Carnival [...]
Last week, Cruise Critic headquarters was consumed by the news that Carnival Triumph had experienced a fire, leaving more than 4,000 passengers without power, hot food and working toilets. We monitored the saga closely as the ship was aided by sister vessels and eventually towed to Mobile. Now that everyone is safely ashore and officials [...]« go back — keep looking »