Five Questions to Five Cruise Execs — See How They Compare

I love when magazines ask the same five to 10 questions of actors and musicians. It’s interesting to see how people in the same industry can have different – or similar – answers when asked the same question. So when I found myself with a group of five cruise line executives, I thought it would [...]

Which Disney Consumer Are You?

Are you a fan, traveler, saver or one of three other classifications Disney gives its customers? Ed Fouche, senior vice president of travel industry sales for the Americas at Disney Destinations broke down the six categories of Disney customers at the national conference of cruise-selling travel franchise company CruiseOne and its sister organization Cruises Inc. [...]

Readers Not Sold on Carnival’s $50 Pay-for-Perks Scheme

Lately, it seems Carnival just can’t get anything right — at least as far as many Carnival loyalists are concerned. First, cruisers were disappointed with the new VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) past-passenger program. And then, just when the furor was starting to die down, there was yesterday’s announcement: The line will begin testing an [...]

The Golden Rule

When 36 passengers from Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas were injured when the bus they were on crashed while on a shore excursion on St. Marten, questions about Royal Caribbean’s responsibility were raised. As we reported in our follow-up, there’s some disagreement about the incident, which Royal Caribbean dismissed as a “traffic accident” while [...]

Does Carnival Have Its Eye on Mobile Again?

The Cruise Critic boards are abuzz over hearsay that Carnival Cruise Lines is considering a return to its longtime Mobile, Alabama, homeport, which it abandoned suddenly last year. The rumors surfaced after local Mobile TV stations and Cruise Critic members began reporting they’d received surveys about their interest level in sailing out of the Gulf [...]

Rainbow Coke? ‘Freestyle Machine’ Gives Royal Caribbean Cruisers 125 Soda Options

Soda junkies take note. Whether you’re a fan of obscure Coca-Cola products like Fanta Zero and Mellow Yellow or you love funky flavored drinks like orange Coke, grape Sprite or cherry-vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper, Royal Caribbean may soon be the cruise line for you.

Ladies, Better Not to Make This Mistake in Venice

Which would you rather do? Sit back and relax as a gondolier slowly poles your gondola through Venice’s canals or wait in a Venetian police station for two hours while the officer in charge writes you up? Well, that depends on how much you want a very-real-looking-but-totally-fake designer handbag. One lady on Carnival Breeze apparently [...]

The Trouble With Group Cruising — And What You Can Do About It

Thank goodness for morning trivia. At 10 a.m. each day on my last cruise, six out of nine people in my group gathered in Norwegian Gem‘s Magnum’s Champagne Bar, ostensibly to tackle the morning trivia session. What inevitably followed was a 10-minute powwow covering who was going to be where and when, and how we [...]

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