8 Free Phone Apps Every Cruiser Should Have

Smart phones make life easier in so many ways, including preparing for and taking a cruise. From helping you pack to mapping a port city, downloadable phone apps have replaced pen, paper and guidebooks as the way du jour to jot reminders and research information. Multiple developers have created similar apps, so we weeded through […]

A Laughing Matter: Secrets of a Cruise Ship Comedian

Ah, the life of a cruise ship comedian. We got an earful a few months back when we happened to sit next to professional funnyman John Ferrentino (see his take on cruising in the video above) on a flight from Baltimore to New Orleans. We were en route to Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, […]

A Theme Cruise That’s Anything but a Drag

This is one of the more unusual theme cruises that we’ve come across in a while: Men in drag will take over Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas during the Disco Queens on the High Seas cruise September 16 – 22. Shall we start taking wagers now on how many times “I Will Survive” and […]

After Concordia: A Tale of Two Captains

Precisely how is a captain supposed to act when a large ship encounters an emergency such as the one Costa Concordia faced on Friday night? Hitting the history books, we found a scenario with some similarities to Friday’s accident — but with a captain who reacted a lot differently. Please share this post!

5 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions on a Cruise — and 5 Ways to Break Them

Not to set your new year off on a negative note, but according to a study by some British wise guy at the University of Bristol (no, really, the researcher’s name is Wiseman), 78 percent of those who set New Year’s resolutions fail. Want to increase your odds of keeping your resolution? Your next cruise […]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: 5 Unforgettable Moments — and One We Could’ve Done Without

When it debuted a dozen years ago, Voyager of the Seas was the flashiest afloat. But like an aging pop star, others have taken its place at the top of the charts. That being said, the ship – like Martina McBride – still rocks. It’s large enough to find non-crowded and appealing public spaces, and […]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: New Orleans’ Embarkation Better, but Far From Ideal

Voyager of the Seas‘ second-ever embarkation in New Orleans on Saturday was a healthy improvement over last week’s debacle, which many seasoned cruisers called their worst departure ever. But the Royal Caribbean ship still left 1.5 hours behind schedule. Please share this post!

Live From Voyager of the Seas: It’s Martina McBride!

I could totally see country singer Martina McBride and her daughters on a cruise. Picture it: The two teens being moody and unpredictable in the same way she sings about on her latest song, “Teenage Daughters.” The 6-year-old holding her hand while they walk around the ship, not embarrassed by mom’s dancing during the ’70s […]

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