Decreasing Your Creases: How to Get That Wrinkle-Free Look Onboard

It’s a common problem for me when I travel, and now I know I’m not alone. How do I keep myself looking presentable when I’ve stuffed a week’s worth of clothing into a small suitcase? It seems no matter whether I carefully fold, gently roll or even use a three-suit garment bag, my clothes come [...]

Just Back From…Oasis of the Seas: What’s New After its Makeover?

Before boarding Oasis of the Seas — the 5,400-passenger Royal Caribbean ship that gave new meaning to the term "mega-ship" when it launched in 2009 (only sister ship Allure of the Seas is bigger) — I expected it to feel like a combination of a Las Vegas hotel and an amusement park. And with a [...]

Live from…Thomson Majesty, Post Refurb

I’m onboard Thomson Majesty, the most recent addition to the Thomson Cruises fleet, as well as one of the most popular ships on the Cruise Critic website. In spite of being the line’s newest ship, the 1,462-passenger Majesty is a veteran vessel, having sailed for Norwegian Cruise Line and Louis Cruises before being picked up [...]

A Cruise in 3 Minutes: Time-Lapse Video from Norwegian Jade

Take a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean in just three minutes with this time-lapse video, courtesy of Cruise Critic member hdarby.

The Titanic Mystique: “Day of” Letter Wins Big at UK Auction

Even more than a century later, the Titanic disaster continues to float the boat for wealthy collectors … or at least their bank account. A letter that survived the Titanic disaster was sold at auction in London on April 26, for an astonishing £119,000 (more than $200,000). According to Reuters, the price is the highest [...]

Hot on the Forums: How Long Could You Stay on the Same Ship?

It’s often said that the latest and greatest cruise ships have so many attractions, you could stay onboard for a month and never get bored. But does anyone put it to the test? As proof that it happens, we cite this entertaingly bemused post by member LMaxwell whose elderly neighbor stayed on Oasis of the [...]

Destination Spotlight: Tulips of the Netherlands

There is, perhaps, no more stereotypically Dutch landscape than what you’ll see on the way to the Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands’ most famous fields of tulips. Windmills, both modern and vintage, dot the roadside, and the water they help manage is everywhere. Over half of The Netherlands, or “Low Countries,” lies at or below sea [...]

Live from….Avalon Poetry II: First Impressions

As part of the dual christening ceremonies with Avalon Impression, I had the chance to spend three nights on Avalon Poetry II, cruising from Cologne, Germany to Amsterdam. Below is a selection of my first impressions of “the ship,” made before its godmother — British three-time Olympic silver medalist and gold medal rower at the London 2012 [...]

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