Just Back From… Quantum of the Seas: 6 Cool Things about the Cabins

Cruises can be frustrating at time, mostly because of little things. Like having to stumble to the desk to check the time on my phone when I wake up at night. Why do I have to stumble to the desk, when there’s a bedside stand close by? As frequent cruisers know, there’s never a convenient [...]

Can I Bring a Doorbell/Hammock/Pigs in a Blanket Onboard My Cruise Ship?

As Cruise Critic’s news editor I’m always reading through our message boards, keeping up with what our readers are talking about and concerned with. At least once a week I come across questions regarding what can and can’t be brought onboard a cruise ship. Most are straight forward. Can I bring a curling iron? Can [...]

Play the Cruise Critic Embarkation Day Scavenger Hunt!

Embarkation Day. A day that brings with it excitement, frustration, eagerness, anxiety and impatience. There’s so much to see: the guilty-looking guy claiming he didn’t know a bottle of rum wasn’t allowed in his backpack; the bartender with the fruity looking drink; a couple already in their bathing suits. It’s a people watchers’ dream, filled [...]

Countdown to Quantum: Not Your Usual Cabins

Cruise lines are quick to point to their onboard entertainment and dining options as proof they’re keeping up with the times. It’s much rarer to see a cruise line modernize its cabin offerings. And while it’s been done on a small scale here and there (Disney introduced virtual port holes, Norwegian debuted solo inside cabins), [...]

Just Back From…Norwegian Jewel: Hits and Misses

Norwegian Jewel, the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel-class ships and dating back to 2005, is an oldie but a goody in the fleet. During the ship’s last dry dock (in May 2014), Norwegian took the time to add some popular elements from its newest ships – Breakaway and Getaway – to Norwegian Jewel.

Observed Onboard: Cruising Gluten Free

With so many people watching their gluten intake these days, cruise ships have responded. As I found out this week on my Alaska cruise on Norwegian Jewel, it’s actually easy to do – providing you have a heck of a lot more will-power than I do. First, a little about me. This June, I was [...]

We’re Onboard: Q&A with George Takei

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the helm. And that’s exactly what George Takei, social media icon, gay rights activist and actor most famously known for playing helmsman Sulu on the original Star Trek, is doing aboard the Queen Mary 2. Part of Cunard’s Insights speakers series, Takei will partake in several events [...]

Live from….Diamond Princess: Boarding a Japanese-Centric Ship

Eugene is friendly and has joined our trivia team a couple of times when his family is MIA. He blushes when I tell him he speaks English very well. He’s only 20 and a student at university in Malaysia where he was born and has lived his entire life. He tells me he learned English [...]

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