Hot on the Forums: Do you Need Clean Sheets Every Day on a Cruise?

One of the many joys of cruising is taking time out for an afternoon nap, being rocked to sleep with the motion of the ocean and waking up somewhere new. And although I’ve never gone down the route of breakfast in bed (too many crumbs for my liking), I know that for many it’s a […]

Hot on the Forums: The puzzle of Cruise Ship Jigsaw Etiquette

On a recent cold and snowy river cruise, I was tempted to pick up a jigsaw puzzle from the library to while away the afternoon. The moment passed when the only one available featured an unremarkable photo of an unknown (to me) European royal family. I also wondered if the lounge staff would clear away […]

Hot on the Forums: Why Do You Cruise?

To seasoned seafarers it seems pretty obvious; and it doesn’t take long for first time cruisers to catch on. But I’m constantly surprised by the number of landlubber friends and acquaintances who ask me why I love cruising – often followed up with a quizzical: “But what do you do all day?” From now on […]

Hot on the Forums: Overhyped or Underrated?

You’ve read about, heard about it and anticipated it with great excitement – now you’ve finally got it in your hand and you’re positively underwhelmed. Be it Carnival’s famed WCMC (warm melting chocolate cake) or other glorified grub, entertainment, facilities or a port of call, what some cruisers shout about from the rooftops, others could […]

Hot on the Forums: Memories of Transatlantic Crossings

Since Cunard’s Britannia first set sail across ‘the pond’ in 1840, transatlantic crossings have conjured up glamorous images of a bygone era and the golden age of cruising. And today, for those with time and money to spare, the thought of seven days at sea is much more appealing than spending the same amount of […]

Hot on the Forums: Do You Take Steps to Avoid the Elevator?

I was interested to see that a piece on elevator etiquette was up there with other hot topics on Cruise Critic’s annual review of the most popular stories and blogs of 2014. On one of my first cruises, I quickly realized that taking the elevator from point A to point B was not exactly smooth […]

Hot on the Forums: Do You Go Nuts for Bar Snacks

Any bartender worth their salt knows free sodium-filled snacks make customers thirsty and want to drink more – or simply draw them in, in the first place. Many of our forum members think drinks and salty nibbles go hand in hand, and are perturbed when they can’t find them. One of them is jdcml, who […]

Would You Sail on a Karaoke-Free Ship?

In between the occasional complaint, we all like singing the praises of cruising. After all, that’s the main reason we migrate to Cruise Critic in the first place. But how would you feel if you really couldn’t sing? That’s the predicament facing Underboss101, who wants to book a cruise on Celebrity Summit in a year’s […]

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