Live from Pearl Mist: Saluting Veterans Onboard

The son of a navy officer, Pearl Mist cruise director Jon Stewart has a profound appreciation for military veterans and their families. The small luxury ship, which has spent the summer sailing the St. Lawrence Seaway and Canadian Maritimes, draws an older crowd. So the 28-year-old decided to show his appreciation this past Memorial Day […]

Live from Pearl Mist: First Impressions

Dori Saltzman shares her first impressions of Pearl Mist, a new, 210-passenger luxury ship making its way through the St. Lawrence Seaway.

My First Cruise: Norwegian Breakaway

In the My First Cruise series, Cruise Critic reaches out to first-time cruisers who recently returned from their very first cruise to find out why they chose a cruise, how they liked it and how it compared to what they expected and where they want to cruise to next. Want to be featured? Contact dsaltzman@cruisecritic.com. […]

Hot on the Forums: When Is It Time to Break Up With Your Cruise Line?

Yesterday I wrote a Dear John letter to the cruise line I’ve chosen for my personal vacations for the past several years. Some shocking policy changes were a last straw for me and I finally had to say enough is enough; I’m moving on. It seems that someone is always reaching a breaking point and […]

It’s Definitely You: A Dear John Letter to a Cruise Line

Have you noticed this year that many cruise lines have been raising fees and revising policies, giving priority to suite class passengers and changing loyalty programs? We have. (Follow our Cruise News for more details.) In fact, we’ve noticed dissatisfaction on the Cruise Critic boards – and occasionally here in our own office. Sometimes there’s […]

My First Cruise: Carnival Triumph

In the My First Cruise series, Cruise Critic reaches out to first time cruisers who recently returned from their very first cruise to find out why they chose a cruise, how they liked it and how it compared to what they expected and where they want to cruise to next. Planning your first cruise? Check […]

My First Cruise: Independence of the Seas

In the My First Cruise series, Cruise Critic reaches out to first-time cruisers who recently returned from their very first cruise to find out why they chose a cruise, how they liked it and how it compared to what they expected and where they want to cruise to next. Want to be featured? Contact dsaltzman@cruisecritic.com. […]

A Military Family Sets Sail on Carnival

Quality family time takes on an entirely different meaning when one part of the family is an active member of the Army, twice deployed to the Middle East. For Staff Sergeant Kevin Johnson, his wife Ashley, and their daughters, 4-year-old Natalee and 1-year-old Michaela, getting away from the San Antonio army base and enjoying the day […]

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