Top 5 Reasons to Love a Halloween Cruise

Cruise lines love a good holiday. They rave about Thanksgiving (get someone else to cook and clean!), plan a mean party on New Year’s (balloon drops and Champagne toasts!) and go to town on Christmas (Gingerbread houses! Visits from Santa! Carolers in the atrium!). But Halloween doesn’t get as much press. Which is sad. I’ve […]

We Try It: Late Flight after Debarkation? Get A Room!

On my last cruise, the ship forced us to get off by 9:15 a.m. but our flight wasn’t until 5:30 p.m. What are a travel editor, her baby, her parents, multiple bags and a stroller supposed to do for a day at Orlando Airport? Easy. We booked a day room. Some hotels, particularly those at […]

Just Back From…Disney Dream: Hits and Misses

If you’re going to cruise with your parents and your 6-month-old, or any other family group combination, Disney Dream is an excellent choice. The unconventional cruise line knows how to cater to vacationers of all ages, and that means activities with general appeal, as well as adult-only and kid-focused programming and spaces. Just off a […]

Slideshow: Have You Been Naughty or Nice on Your Cruise?

The Cruise Critic editors are making a list and checking it twice; we want to find out who’s been naughty or nice on their cruise vacations. We all love to complain about our least favorite shipmates — the chair hogs, the queue jumpers, the arrogant types who give the crew a hard time — but […]

Steal of the Week: Black Friday & Cyber Monday Cruise Deals

This week, Americans will fuel themselves with turkey to prepare for an all-night bargain-hunting shopping spree. While box stores and many travel providers are busy announcing their cut-rate prices, cruise lines are just beginning to hint at their Thanksgiving week, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Rest assured, all the major mainstream lines are offering […]

Live from…..Norwegian’s Pride of America: First Impressions

Aloha from Hawaii! We’re onboard Pride of America, the only big mainstream ship sailing weeklong itineraries in the Hawaiian islands — no long treks across the ocean by ship from the North American West Coast or the South Pacific. For this Cruise Critic editor, this trip represents a number of firsts: First time “freestyle cruising” […]

Destination Spotlight: Touring Independently on a Cruise in Norway

One of the most difficult parts of planning a cruise is figuring out what to do in port — especially if you don’t want to take the ship’s tours or organize a group to book an independently arranged tour in advance. Sometimes it’s hard to strike a balance between spontaneity and not missing out on […]

Introducing River Cruises From Scenic Tours

If you’ve never heard of Scenic Tours, don’t worry — I hadn’t either. The Australian river cruise line, part of a larger tour company, has only recently begun to market its cruises to North Americans; currently, the majority of its passengers are from Down Under. And if you’ve got the time for a two-week European […]

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