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 […]

Hot on the Forums: Cruising Broadens the Mind (and Also the Waistline)

When I first started cruising I noticed a curious thing – whenever I took stuff to the dry-cleaners it would come back a size too small. It also seemed odd that my washing machine malfunctioned after a voyage, running hot so clothes emerged smaller. Now of course, I know better. So while it’s true cruising broadens the mind, it also can broaden the waistline.

Do We Overplan for Cruises?

To plan or not to plan? That is the question.

Hot on the Forums: 9 Tips for First-Time Cruisers

It’s your first cruise, and you’re setting sail with all the gadgets and gizmos of our digital age – phone, camera, tablet and so forth – and then in your cabin, you find there’s nowhere to plug in all the chargers. It’s just one of the many things that you only find out when you’re onboard […]

Hot on the Forums: Can I Have your Autograph?

Selfies might have taken over from autographs, but there are times when only a good old fashioned signature will do. Naturally, I don’t want to spoil the magic, but I reckon it must be quite hard to write if you happen to be a mouse, duck or dog – particularly if you have to sign […]

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