Here Come The Storms: Hurricane Day 2013

Lest anyone think we’ve escaped the Atlantic hurricane season unscathed, Cruise Critic is here to remind you the season is really only just getting started. You see, September is actually the month often described as the height of “Cape Verde Season,” when the winds start picking up near the Cape Verde islands and gradually gain [...]

Cruising with My Dad

Cruise Critic News Editor Dori Saltzman cruised alone with her father for the first time in June. Her experience is below. Read about cruising with your adult daughter — a blog from her father’s point of view. “My dad died when I was 14,” said Anita, one of my tablemates, after she learned I was [...]

Giving Back In Port

A big blue tour bus with a capacity for some 60 people waited outside the pier for us — all five of us. We were three passengers, one crew member and one host. We were all volunteers for Crystal Cruises‘ You Care, We Care voluntourism excursion to the Feed Nova Scotia food bank in Halifax. [...]

Dining Debate: Why I Choose Flexible Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagree on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing [...]

Cruise Ship Assault Raises Questions About Criminal Reporting Procedures

The sexual assault of an 11-year old Brazilian girl last August aboard Disney Dream has ignited a firestorm over how and when cruise lines report such incidents and what should happen to the perpetrators, even when victims or their guardians decline to press charges. The incident, which occurred August 2012, involved a dining room waiter [...]

A New York Connection?

From the moment Norwegian Cruise Line first began talking about Norwegian Breakaway, the company made it very clear, this was not just going to be a ship based in New York City, it was going to be a New York City ship. With Broadway shows and hot dog stands, Norwegian President and CEO Kevin Sheehan, [...]

When Cruise Lines Work Together

OK, it’s not a cruise line executive climbing a tree to rescue a kitten, but the recent cooperation between Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line to get a handful of nonflying Carnival Dream passengers back to Florida is still pretty neat. Here’s the scoop.

Cruise Bill of Rights has Flaws

Last week, New York State Senator Chuck Schumer proposed a Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights. Ostensibly, his proposal was in response to the flurry of problems Carnival Cruise Lines had with four ships in a two-month time span — and the often-confusing (sometimes misleading) national media coverage of those problems. Leaving politics aside, I was [...]

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