My First Cruise on Princess: Six Cool Touches

I fell for cruising long before I joined the Cruise Critic staff. My first cruise was a Western Caribbean itinerary onboard Carnival Sensation, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Over the years, I had sailed a number of lines, including every major U.S. mainstream line — except Princess. It wasn’t intentional avoidance. Somehow, it just [...]

Q and A: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas

Cruise Critic just got off a one-night preview sailing of Royal Caribbean International‘s Grandeur of the Seas, returning to service for the first time since a May 27 fire damaged the aft of the ship and sent it to dry dock for repairs. Grandeur of the Seas begins sailing full itineraries out of Baltimore on [...]

In Search of a Decent Room Service Breakfast

I’ve pictured it a thousand times: sun shining, waves lapping against the side of the ship as I enjoy my perfect breakfast on my cruise balcony. A thousand times. Maybe more. The reality, though, is while nature might have cooperated, I’ve never had the perfect room service breakfast on a cruise. At best, I’ve had [...]

Dining Debate: Why I Choose Assigned Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagrees on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing [...]

We’re At Sea: Answers to Your Questions About Norwegian Breakaway

On Tuesday, Cruise Critic hosted a live chat about Norwegian Breakaway. We had a great time interacting with readers, who asked fantastic questions. In fact, some of them were so good, we didn’t know the answers. So when we got onboard Breakaway on Wednesday, we made sure to find out all we could for you.

We’re at Sea: Super Bowl Sunday Edition

We’re at sea for a football (and futbol) theme cruise that gives passengers who pay extra the opportunity to meet former NFL and soccer players in a much more intimate setting as part of a Super Bowl sailing on Royal Caribbean‘s Jewel of the Seas. Here’s a look at Day 1, in pictures:

Make New Friends and Tour the Ship on a Cabin Crawl

Welcome to Cabin Week! Every day this week, we’ll be highlighting our cabin-themed content, giving you great tips on everything from choosing the right cabin to getting upgrades and making a small stateroom feel more homey. Look for new blogs every day on the Lido Deck, as well as our best advice in our Ultimate [...]

A Christmas Tradition Started at Sea

Most cruisers — well, travelers in general, really — love their souvenirs. Who doesn’t want a reminder of the places they’ve visited, the memories they’ve made while sailing to far-flung destinations? When Gina Barrett (Cruise Critic member Cruisin Around from Pittsburgh) went on her first cruise on Celebrity Galaxy in 2004, she wasn’t interested in [...]

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