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 […]

Observed Onboard: Silly Weather Complaints

I was sitting in a café on a beautiful day in Vienna back in August when a large gentleman sporting a river cruise line tour excursion sticker bellowed across the next table to anyone who would listen: “We’re never coming to Europe in summer again. It’s too hot. Vienna is too hot. And Venice smells.” […]

River Cruising Wish List: Build the Ideal Sun Deck

Cruising along the Danube in sweltering heat several weeks ago, I took several dips in the small plunge pool on AmaWaterways’ new ship, AmaPrima. Strangely, I had the pool to myself, every time. There’s supposed to be a swim-up bar at one end of the pool but it was always closed, so we collared a […]

What Would You Do? Beating Shyness, as a Solo Cruiser

On a recent cruise with a shipload of honeymooners and couples (and a few families, like mine), I observed a rather grumpy old French man in the cabin next to mine. I thought nothing of his situation as we exchanged nods in the corridor. But then I saw him eating dinner alone one night, in […]

Observed Onboard: Shore Excursions with “Extras”

While cruising on Star Clippers last week, I joined a shore excursion from the Dalyan River in Turkey. We were to sail along the river in a small boat, daub ourselves with healing mud from a natural thermal pool and admire ancient rock tombs cut into the cliffs towering over the river. We were all […]

A True IQ Test: Turning Off the Lights

Cruise ship cabin design seems to follow the rule that the newer and more luxurious the ship, the more complicated the cabin electronics. I’ve battled with silly showers and crazy curtains, nonfunctioning telephones and “smart” interactive TV systems with messages welcoming another passenger entirely. But I’ve never been defeated by the lighting system. Until now. […]

Mind Your Theater Manners — Even on a Cruise

This week, I went to the theater on a cruise ship, and it was a revelation. Not just because the show (“Burn the Floor,” featured on the Norwegian Cruise Line‘s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway) was excellent. But because it was actually like going to the theater ought to be. You want to see the show? […]

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