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 [...]

Destination Spotlight: 6 Things to Love About St. Maarten/St. Martin

I’ll be honest: I was a little leery about last week’s trip to St. Maarten/St. Martin. The dual-culture island — one side Dutch, the other French — seemed to become too popular for its own good, with up to seven ships in port at a time. Would the Caribbean stalwart have a soul under all [...]

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 [...]

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