Celebrity’s At-Sea Music Fest: Brilliant Marketing or a Huge Risk?

A Southern California desert institution will become a floating festival, undoubtedly attracting one of the youngest groups of passengers ever to sail on a Celebrity Cruises ship. The promoters behind Coachella, the annual music and art fest held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, have unveiled the S.S. Coachella, AKA the 2,886-passenger Celebrity [...]

14 Hits and Misses From Carnival Breeze

After a week spent sampling burgers and burritos, prodding my fellow passengers — as if this social bunch needed any — and talking to Fun Ship execs aboard the new 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze, it’s time for a recap of the good, the bad and the Fun Ship Freddy (he’s not a looker). In short, Carnival’s [...]

Live From Breeze: Carnival’s Bread and Butter

The (mostly) raucous sea day is Carnival’s signature event — and Breeze offers the most boisterous version yet, bursting with waterslide antics, comedy brunches, drink-making and hairy chest competitions, and a few deck chair-related tiffs. Whether it’s here in the Med. or among Caribbean islands, the line’s social passenger base eats it up.

3 First Impressions From Carnival Breeze (AKA the “New” Carnival)

The 3,690-passenger Breeze represents the future of Carnival: a more caffeinated (if you can believe it) yet more cohesive breed of Fun Ship. On the first new-build to emerge from the “Fun Ship 2.0″ initiative, a fleetwide overhaul focusing on (25) food-, booze- and entertainment-related elements, I’ve been busy tasting, drinking and laughing (or frowning) [...]

8 Reasons to Pack Duct Tape on Your Next Cruise

Duct tape. It’s the powerful, sticky, loyal best friend that should be part of any savvy cruiser’s packing list. Airline destroy your bag? Duct tape can help. Stubborn shower or window curtains won’t stay closed? Force them to adhere to your rules. Bring the whole roll or reduce the bulk by wrapping some tape around [...]

What Not to Pack: 5 Things You Want to Bring on a Cruise — But Shouldn’t

After the hair dryer-banning debacle of 2010, you knew no cruise line would be so naive as to attempt that again — the specter of thousands of frizzy-haired women descending on humid Caribbean ports is just too scary. But enormous hair dryers aren’t the only contraband that cruisers wanting to save money or look their [...]

We Didn’t Get Pickpocketed on a Med. Cruise — Was It the Pants?

The pants worked. I wasn’t pickpocketed on a recent Eastern Mediterranean cruise. Whether it was the P^Cubed “Pick-Pocket Proof Pants,” a test sample of which was recently sent to Cruise Critic to review, is hard to say. Wandering the narrow, cobbled streets and open squares of one Med. port, I noticed a man who could [...]

4 Months After the Concordia Tragedy, a New Costa Ship Debuts

Aboard the just-launched Costa Fascinosa, things can’t help but feel a little symbolic. An appropriately understated welcome — the christening lacked the aerial acrobats, lasers and celebrities Costa is known for — has given way to cruising as usual, exactly what a line coming out of a period of mourning is looking for. The mood [...]

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