Hot on the Forums: Do You Take Food on a Cruise Ship?

A cruise ship might seem like the last place on earth where you’d need to bring your own food. I always swore I’d never be the type of unadventurous person who’d take sackloads of home comforts on holiday, but sure enough I found myself stashing a pack of Scottish oatcakes and a box of tea [...]

Hot on the Forums: Formal Fashion Dos – and Don’ts

There’s a fine line on dress-up night at sea between the right to individual expression and a wardrobe disaster the wearer’s friends or partner should really have helped prevent. But should we really judge what other people wear? Well, we’re only human (and secretly, not always very nice) and we do judge, as some of [...]

Hot on the Forums: Up in Smoke

This week Carnival announced that as of October 9, it will ban smoking on its balconies, joining most other mainstream cruise lines. Just Norwegian and Holland America allow balcony smoking now, and in the UK, Saga and Fred. Olsen (which doesn’t have many balconies anyway). The first reaction for many cruisers is probably ‘Good!’ Even [...]

Say What? Silly Cruise Questions (That Never Should Have Been Asked)

Cruise Critic member GHstudio made an acute observation on the message boards recently: “Somehow, when people get on a ship on a cruise vacation, the most logical people just turn off their brain.” And when the brain is left on the dock, out come the questions and comments. Not just the old classics like ‘Do [...]

Hot on the Forums: Frugal? Or Stingy?

You’ve seen them onboard: The sneaky people who sidle up to the photographers’ gallery, locate their own mugshot and take a cheeky snap on their iPhone. Tightwads? Or just travelers who feel that cruise lines deserve as good as they get when it comes to money-making opportunities? The difference between being frugal and being downright [...]

Hot on the Forums: Stupid Passenger Tricks

A new trend in cruise passenger behavior has come to light recently: Doing Really Stupid Things. A week ago, the website cruisefever.net posted a picture of a man sitting on his balcony railing onboard Norwegian Getaway as the ship left St Maarten. Now, a woman has been photographed on Carnival Legend, climbing over her balcony [...]

A Closer Look: What’s Your Cruise Packing Strategy?

The summer season of overcrowded airports, mammoth check-in lines, exorbitant baggage fees and lost luggage is fast approaching. So would you do a cruise with carry-on bags only, simply to avoid the hassle? I have before, but it’s not easy when you want to look good in the evenings and take workout gear and drag [...]

Hot on the Forums: Would You Pay for Breakfast Onboard?

Would you pay for breakfast on a cruise? There’s no cause for panic just yet, but Cruise Critic member LMaxwell has posted an intriguing idea on the forums: the possibility of cruise lines charging for a decent breakfast. The theory, this member claims, is that breakfasts on ships are ‘weak’ – “More of the frozen [...]

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