Hot on the Forums: Too Close for Comfort?

How many times have you been shown to an onboard table for two and discovered the romantic dining spot you had in mind looked more like a sawed-off section with barely enough room to squeeze in? When you’re virtually sharing salt shakers with the people next door, it can be hard not to eavesdrop into […]

Hot on the Forums… Brown or White Eggs: A Cracking Discussion

Click on the Cruise Critic message boards and you’ll be transported to a fascinating place. No question is too large, too small, too obscure or too wacky. Sometimes a subject really grabs members’ attention, provoking wit, humour and – in this case – some brain-teasing, philosophy, everything you always wanted to know about chickens (and […]

Destination Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Cruise in Cambodia and Vietnam

The majority of my river and canal cruises have been in Europe – which makes sense, as it’s the world’s most popular river cruise destination. Recently, I floated much further afield, along the lesser-traveled waters of Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the 48-passenger, colonial-style Indochine owned by CroisiVoyages, part of French-owned CroisiEurope. The eight-night cruise took […]

Hot on the Forums: Comical Cruise Complaints

Side-splitting comedians may be on the bill, but look no further than the guest relations desk for a rich source of (unofficial) cruise ship entertainment. Blissfully unaware of their audience, passengers grumble long – and loud – about their perceived “complaints.” I once witnessed an irate couple, outraged that the two cases of wine they’d […]

Hot on the Forums: Terrible Towel Animals

Some passengers love them, and others are – quite literally – happy to wash their hands of them. While I drew the line at a sinister bedspread figure lurking in shadows when I returned to my cabin on a Nile cruise, I personally love towel animals! So much so, I went to the towel animal […]

Hot on the Forums: What’s Your “Next Cruise” Vow?

Every time I go on a cruise, I always take my swimsuit. And every time I return from a cruise, it’s bone dry, having never seen any aquatic action in the ship’s pool or ocean. In fact, the deepest it’s ever been is the depths of my cabin drawer. So on my next cruise, I […]

Hot on the Forums: What’s the Craziest Thing You’ve Brought Onboard?

Sheets, washing machines and a pop up beauty salon: Our members have seen all sorts of strange things carried onboard. I’ll come clean here at the outset and declare a vested interest in the forum thread started by Cruise Critic member barbevrn. It’s about the odd things we bring, or have seen brought onboard cruise […]

Hot on the Forums: Mini Mussels Show Their Might

At Cruise Critic we’ve seen, read and heard pretty much everything there is to do with cruising. Then every once in a while something comes along that takes even the most seasoned cruisers by surprise. In this instance it’s the curious case of tiny mussels can bring down a big cruise ship’s cooling system. It […]

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