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 [...]

Three Hours in Nassau: So Much More than Sun, Sand and Shopping

Don’t Forget to Washy Washy on Your Next Cruise

The president of a well-known cruise line once told me the highest paid crew member on any ship is not the ship’s captain, but instead the dessert chef. I’ve never been able to confirm that but what I can tell you is that the most popular crew member on my recent Norwegian Jewel sailing was [...]

Can an Adult Couple with No Kids Have Fun on a Disney Cruise?

During the recent national conference of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. cruise sellers, I had the opportunity to sail on Disney Dream for three nights. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I’d be able to have my photo taken with Mickey and his pals, as well as the Disney princesses if I wanted – [...]

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