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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
Yesterday’s news, that Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino was being released from several months confinement to his Sorrento home after the capsizing of a cruise ship that resulted in 32 dead, was shocking enough. As we reported, Schettino “has been released from house arrest by Italian judges. Though he may now leave his house, he [...]
Onboard Norwegian Gem on a sea day, as we cruised back to New York from the Bahamas, we were watching the Czech Republic get routed by Russia in the 2012 Euro Cup when my husband reminded me it was time for the final bingo session of the sailing — the one at which they give [...]
Loyalty programs have been much discussed on the Cruise Critic boards over the past year. With Royal Caribbean having changed its loyalty program last year and Carnival just changing its program this week, there’s been lots of back and forth about the merits of various programs. For my part, I’ve never much cared about the [...]« go back