Destination Spotlight: 5 Things to Do in Galveston Before Your Cruise

There’s no doubt Texas is gaining popularity as a homeport state. Galveston, severely damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008, has recovered and currently serves as home base for Carnival Triumph, Carnival Magic and Mariner of the Seas (which will be replaced by Navigator of the Seas in November). With its historic buildings and clean beaches, […]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Things to Do in Houston Before Your Cruise

There’s no doubt Texas is gaining popularity as a homeport state. Houston, which has seen only a handful of calls since Norwegian Cruise Line stopped using it as a homeport in 2006, has renovated its terminal facilities and is poised to permanently welcome Caribbean Princess next month. Offering more drive-to options for southern cruisers, particularly […]

Live from….HAL Volendam: Crossing the Generation Gap

“Who the heck is Paul Anka?” I wondered aloud after having my rear end handed to me during trivia on Holland America’s Volendam last week. The voyage, which I had been anticipating for months, was full of firsts for me: first time in Alaska, first time cruising with Holland America and first time sailing with […]

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 […]

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