Destination Spotlight: The U.S. Virgin Islands, For Every Traveler

Whether it’s your first or 15th trip to the Eastern Caribbean, chances are good that one of the U.S. Virgin Islands will be a stop on your itinerary. The three main islands – St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John – receive an astounding number of cruise passengers per year; in 2013, nearly 2 million [...]

Has Go Pro Use Gotten Out of Hand?

There’s no question that Go Pros – those small and lightweight cameras that attach to your hat, scuba mask, pole mount, kite, what have you – have revolutionized the way that people memorialize their vacation. On our member forums, we’ve seen some awesome videos that range from water slide antics to underwater snorkeling to on-the-beach [...]

Did Seasickness Sink Super Bowl Sunday?

Did excessive time spent on a cruise ship sink the Broncos on Super Bowl Sunday? Let’s play Monday morning quarterback. Denver used Cornucopia Majesty, a 1,200-passenger sightseeing vessel that’s the largest party boat in the Northeast, as its media headquarters in the days leading up to the football game. The 210-foot-long ship, which is normally docked [...]

Cruising Choices: Glacier Bay vs. Tracy Arm

Making the correct cruise choice can be tough: Carnival or Royal Caribbean? Breakaway or Getaway? Alaska or the Caribbean? In our new Cruising Choices series, we take a look at some of our readers’ more difficult decisions – and hope to help with some answers. Today’s dilemma: Glacier Bay vs. Tracy Arm. Background: Alaska has [...]

Has Cruising Pushed You Out of Your Comfort Zone?

On her cruise through Indonesia last month with Compagnie du Ponant, Cruise Critic Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown found herself within spitting distance of a Komodo dragon (not that you’d ever lob anything toward these prehistoric, deadly creatures). It made us wonder: Has cruising ever pushed you out of your comfort zone? We posted the question [...]

Caption Contest Winner!

We were overwhelmed by the number of entries in our December 30 caption contest – more than 380 Cruise Critic readers submitted responses on the blog (and another 478 on Facebook, although those were not eligible to win). A few common themes emerged, with many taking a family approach to the Silver Cloud and Celebrity [...]

Hot on the Forums: What is Good Service, Uses for a Ziplock Bag and the Rudest Generation

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. We Know It When We See It: What constitutes “good service” anyway? That’s the debate started [...]

Cruise Ship Stocking Stuffer: Gift Cards

Still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for the cruiser in your life? In the past few weeks, cruise lines have been promoting holiday gift cards – similar to gift certificates – that the giftee can redeem for a prepaid shore excursion, a spa experience or even the booking itself. Here’s a run-down of what [...]

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