Hot on the Forums: Disembarkation Walk of Shame?

Here’s the scenario: It’s the last night of your cruise and you’ve celebrated, possibly a bit too much. Suddenly, you remember that you’re supposed to have packed and put your suitcase outside the door before retiring for the night, for porters to collect. A mad dash round the cabin ensues, stuffing everything in and shoving [...]

Virgin Cruises: What Would You Like to See?

The cruise industry is awash with rumors that Sir Richard Branson is planning to launch a Virgin cruise line. The Virgin Atlantic boss has hired a US-based advisory firm to scout around for investors in the two-ship venture, which is, according to media reports, expected to launch in 2019 in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. [...]

WWYD: Botox on Board?

Cruise Critic member Freckles83 posed an interesting question on the Holland America message boards recently. How about hopping off a ship in Costa Rica, known for the quality and low prices of its cosmetic surgery, having a quick procedure done, and hopping back on again? If you think about this, it’s not a reality, as many [...]

Observed Onboard: Would You Switch Lines to Travel with a Crewmember?

Would you switch cruise lines to follow a crewmember? Wit and charisma go a long way in the cruise industry and many cruise ship captains achieve near-celebrity status. When Captain Dag Dvergastein left Regent Seven Seas Cruises and moved to Seabourn in 2010, for example, he took with him a loyal following of guests who enjoyed [...]

Observed Onboard: The $499 Bubble Bath

Here’s a new level of cruising decadence: $499 for a bath. OK, this is the top offering on Norwegian Cruise Line’s new Bath Butler menu, whereby a butler runs the bath and provides a bottle of Dom Perignon and sturgeon caviar for the guest to savor while they soak. But seriously? For $499, I would expect [...]

Cruise Ship Webcams: The Original “Slow” TV?

Talk about your TV marathons: In Norway, as the dark nights draw in, entertainment is all about ‘slow TV’. Slow TV has been around since 2009 when Norwegian broadcaster NRK made a film in real time, several hours long, about a train journey over the mountains between Oslo and Bergen. Norwegians were riveted to their screens. [...]

Wining & Dining: Fresh or Frozen?

A recent post on the Cruise Critic Message Boards from a member expressing her shock that the food on her cruise was – wait for it – frozen, got a lot of responses from members. Most of them were very gently ribbing her about fresh fish caught at night with nets strung from the back of the [...]

Observed Onboard: Do You Want to Meet Your Neighbors?

A curious event was listed on the daily program for the first evening of my recent Regent Seven Seas cruise: A block party. Scheduled to coincide with Sailaway, the event – where you step out of your cabin into the hallway to have a drink and meet your neighbors – is apparently it’s a tradition [...]

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