Is Titanic II an Elaborate Hoax?

Australian multi-millionaire rock-er Clive Palmer has been continent-hopping to promote Titanic II, a 55,000-ton, 2,435-passenger replica ocean liner set to launch in 2016. The drip campaign began in April around the 100th anniversary of the original doomed voyage. Revelations have been made about No. Two’s three-class setup, its vintage gymnasium reminiscent of a medieval torture […]

The Most Hated Cruise Line ‘Added Fee’

These days, experiencing a mega-ship’s full raft of options requires a willingness to pay extra — at the for-fee alternative restaurant, for the late-night room service and pizza delivery, for the opportunity to wear a bathrobe. Sure, these extras are optional, but there are still certain fees that leave cruisers emotionally spent.

Giveaway: The Man of 1,000 Cruises

After 1,000 cruises, it’s fair to say Douglas Ward has an opinion or two. One of the most esteemed names in cruise writing, Ward has spent more than 30 years taking scrupulous notes and making honest appraisals of main dining room cuisine, cruise ship cabins and at-sea service. (That’s after years working on ships in […]

Cruiser on Your List? You (Almost) Can’t Miss With This Gift

Looking for a can’t-miss, last-minute gift for the cruiser on your list? Give the gift of onboard credit. Mainstream, big-ship cruising has always been a la carte — but these days there are more added-fee options than ever, from specialty dining to babysitting to upcharge entertainment. (See how readers rate these fees on the Nickel […]

Should a Cruise Line Tell Passengers Who ‘Else’ Is Sailing?

The debate surrounding Carnival’s drag prohibition–no, acceptance(!) has been fierce. But from a mess of wigs, eyeliner and blood pressure spikes, an interesting question emerged: When a cruise line agrees to host an affinity group — fans of music, cats, vampires, werewolves, drag queens, liberalism, conservatism, cephalopods, John Heald — what responsibility does it have […]

The Best New Cruise Ship of 2013?

Wild swings in the vote. Furious campaigning. Baseless character assassinations. The occasion: Deciding which of 2013’s marquee new-builds cruisers would prefer to sail. It’s between the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess and the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, two buzzworthy prototypes launching next year. Will it be Princess’ quiet, big-ship elegance or Breakaway’s NYC-inspired exuberance?

We’ve Never Seen a Cruise Web Site Like This

The unprecedented project to remove the half-submerged, side-sleeping, 100 million-pound Costa Concordia will be documented on a just-launched micro-site. TheParbucklingProject.com provides the most complete and compelling picture yet — via photo, video, 3D animations, words — of the process of floating the ship and tugging it away to be dismantled.

Hurricane Sandy Heroes and Zeros: Navigating a Dicey Situation

It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy vanished over Canada, having upturned some 50 itineraries during a 10-day, two-theater reign of terror. While cruise ships have the distinct advantage of being mobile, it was impossible for many to entirely outrun the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, a spiraling galaxy with a diameter stretching 1,100 miles. […]

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