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 […]

Hot on the Forums: Remember Old-Fashioned Cruise Ship Fun?

Broadway musicals, ice skating shows and performances by world-famous names such as the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil have become an established, and almost expected, part of cruise ship extravaganzas. Turn back the clock, however, and things were once very different, with passengers topping the bill by making a spectacle of themselves. A […]

Hot on the Forums: When Your Neighbors are Too Noisy

Dress code, tipping, smoking and chair hogs are regular topics on the Cruise Critic forums – the latter deemed as one of the worst forms of anti-social behaviour at sea. Add balcony shouting and door slamming to the mix. Enduring badly behaved neighbours on a hard-earned cruise – particularly when there’s no escape from your […]

Hot on the Forums: First Thing’s First – What Do You Do After Embarkation?

When I board a cruise ship, I’m not the best at filling the ‘empty time’ between embarkation and getting the green light to go to my cabin. I tend to sit around twiddling my thumbs, and it’s only after I’ve unpacked and got my stateroom shipshape that I really start to relax and enjoy my […]

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