8 Unique Things about a Sailing Cruise

Excuse my sunburn; I’ve spent the last week channeling my inner mermaid on a sailing cruise with Island Windjammers  on its newest vessel, Sagitta. This is my second trip with the company – read a first-hand account of my Grenadines cruise – and while I love all ships, big and small, there’s something special about sailing [...]

You Know You’re A Cruise Ship Newbie When….

With experience comes wisdom – and that holds true on cruise ships too. We’ve fallen guilty to newbie moves, such as assuming that welcome cocktail is free (it’s not!) or misunderstanding the ship’s departure time and doing the river equivalent of a pier run  (that one was my dad’s fault, I swear). On a recent [...]

Hot on the Forums: Concern for Philippines, King Cunard, Piano Placement and Syrup Switcheroo

Love reading the Cruise Critic boards? So do we! Every other Friday, we end the week on the Lido Deck by selecting a few forum threads that have made us laugh, cry or argue the finer points of cruising. Supporting the Philippines. We were touched this week by the multiple outpourings of support, thoughts and [...]

#ThrowbackThursday: Aboard Cunard in the 1970s

When my father traveled with me last month on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, I expected to hear a few tales of déjà vu. After all, he had sailed with my mother on Adventurer, one of the line’s smaller ships, back in 1974. (The vessel, along with its twin Cunard Ambassador, represented a departure from the [...]

Cruise Lines Get Game: What Sports Pros Would You Like to See Onboard?

Expect cruising logos, contests and sponsorships to appear within major league venues and during halftime shows as more lines continue to sign deals with professional sports teams. Among the partnerships announced recently: Celebrity Cruises and the New York Rangers, along with Carnival Cruise Lines and the New Orleans Saints. Norwegian Cruise Line has entered into [...]

The Voice Bids Bon Voyage to Cruise Ship Singer

Veteran cruise ship singer Stephanie Anne Johnson’s voyage on The Voice ended during live eliminations broadcast Thursday, when she failed to garner enough votes to continue on the smash reality music show (much to the dismay of those of us here at Cruise Critic, who were rooting for her from the beginning). During her time [...]

Hot on the Forums: Snail Shortages, Make-Your-Own Sangria and Scoring a Captain’s Table Invite

Love reading the Cruise Critic boards? So do we! Every other Friday, we end the week on the Lido Deck by selecting a few forum threads that have made us laugh, cry or argue the finer points of cruising. This week: Food and Drink issues. Sangria-time! While there’s no shortage of drinks options on most [...]

Q & A: Author Bill Bryson Talks Travel and Cruising, Aboard QM2

It’s not often that you go on a cruise where authors are treated like rock stars. But not every author, admittedly, is as beloved by his fans as Bill Bryson, the cross-genre master of memoir, history and travel writing. And not every ship is Queen Mary 2. With its frequent transatlantic crossings, the Cunard flagship [...]

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