Cruising Italy in the Laid-Back Lap of Luxury

Laid-back luxury cruiser Doc P was just as pleased with his second cruise aboard the 312-passenger Wind Surf as with his first. This ain’t no mega-ship teeming with activities like rock-climbing and ice-skating — it was Wind Surf’s elegant atmosphere and “fabulous crew” that made the transit between ports including Capri, Sorrento and Corsica a [...]

Face-Off: the Elephant vs. the Donkey

It’s election day, and for lots of Americans, that means we’ve finally come to the end of a tiresome season of fundraising, campaigning and debating. But others — both conservatives and liberals — can’t get enough of all things political, and the idea of sailing aboard a cruise ship filled with a couple thousand folks [...]

Couple Celebrates Golden Anniversary on a ‘Star’ Cruise Ship

Above-and-beyond service aboard Star Princess made RetiredNTraveling‘s 50th anniversary Alaska cruise a true treat. During his weeklong cruise with his beloved he experienced “luxury and pampering beyond belief.” From breathtaking views of Alaskan fjords to hassle-free disembarkation, the couple’s Golden Anniversary was worth the wait. Find out why it was so special in RetiredNTraveling’s full [...]

Food Souvenirs: Caribbean Goodies

Inspired by a brilliant Cruise Critic boards post on food souvenirs from the Mediterranean, Cruise Critic will run a blog series on the best food — by region — to pick up when you’re cruising. This week, we bring you suggestions for what to look for in cruising’s most popular region — the Caribbean. Certain [...]

Sketchy Weather, Itinerary Change Can’t Rain on Alaska Cruiser’s Good Time

Despite sketchy weather and an itinerary change, Dave_P‘s Alaska cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam lived up to his expectations. HAL delivered on the small touches — palatable coffee, fresh-squeezed OJ, the New York Times — and this Princess Cruises past passenger has already booked his next cruise, a Down Under sailing, on Oosterdam. Check out [...]

First-Time Cruisers Get Hooked

Newlywed and first-time cruiser goddessmama is already looking forward to her next cruise after sailing to CocoCay, St. Thomas and St. Maarten aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas for her honeymoon. From the food and cocktails to the personalized service, she and her brand-new hubby were thoroughly impressed and loved that they were able [...]

Steal of the Week: Cruise to Hawaii this Thanksgiving from $64/Night

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: Cruise Marketplace is offering a 14-night Hawaii cruise aboard Golden [...]

Food Souvenirs: Treats from the Mediterranean

Inspired by a brilliant Cruise Critic boards post on food souvenirs from the Mediterranean, Cruise Critic will run a blog series on the best food — by region — to pick up when you’re cruising. To kick off our gourmet venture, we have suggestions on what to buy in some of the most common countries [...]

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