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 […]

A World Cruise, By the Numbers

One-hundred days, 50 ports, 30 countries. Sound like the cruise of a lifetime? Whether you call it a world cruise, grand voyage, extended exploration or global circumnavigation, these lengthy cruises – offered by many cruise lines for passengers who have plenty of time on their hands – hold an air of old-world sophistication. For a […]

Carnival Live! Two Minutes with Martina McBride

To celebrate the arrival of its third year-round cruise ship to the port of Galveston, Carnival Cruise Line hosted more than 1,000 members of the U.S. military and their families onboard Carnival Freedom to enjoy a concert by country superstar Martina McBride on Valentine’s Day 2015. Though she has performed several times onboard a cruise […]

Is Carnival Vista the Ship for You?

With so many new cruise ships coming out in the next two to three years, it can be hard to decide which one is worth spending your hard-earned dollars. Although it’s still more than a year away from its May 2016 debut, we’ve compiled 10 reasons why the 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista appeals to people who […]

Is Norwegian Escape the Cruise Ship for You?

With so many new cruise ships coming out, it can be hard to decide which one is right for you and your family. Although it’s still months away from its October debut, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why the 4,200-passenger ship appeals to people who want lots of entertainment and dining options on their […]

A Closer Look: Talking With Carnival Cruise Line’s Incoming President

Christine Duffy, incoming president of Carnival Cruise Line, already knows how she’ll be spending at least one week this winter – on a Carnival ship, soaking up some rays, enjoying a book and checking out everything that there is to know about Fun Ships. That’s because, though she’s been on other cruise ships, Duffy has […]

What Kind of Cruiser Are You?

We admit it. The editors at Cruise Critic are personality quiz junkies. Whether we’re determining which Harry Potter character we are, what country we should be living in or what color best describes our auras, personality quizzes sweep through our department like forest fires. So when Carnival Corp. Released its Cruise-A-Nality quiz a few weeks […]

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 […]

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