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 [...]

Poll Position: Snagging a Great Cruise Price

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 [...]

Poll Position: The Law of the Lido

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.

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