A Closer Look: What Is Cruise Week?

Every year, Cruise Lines National Association (CLIA) hosts a week of cruise deals and promotions known as Cruise Week. Held in the fall — a typically quiet booking period for cruising — Cruise Week aims to bolster cruise sales with special deals available exclusively through travel agents who have registered for the event through CLIA. [...]

A Closer Look: 5 Things to Know about Carnival’s New Kids Program, Camp Ocean

Camp Ocean debuted on Carnival Freedom after it underwent dry dock this past spring. Replacing Camp Carnival as the line’s onboard children’s program, the space has kept the same camp-style oasis feel, with programming changes and new spaces. Camp Ocean will be rolled out across all Carnival ships over the next two years. On a [...]

A Closer Look: Chikungunya Concerns in the Caribbean

It makes us itch just thinking about it. But there’s no denying that Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that cropped up in the Caribbean last December, has blossomed from a few isolated incidents into a serious concern among the islands – and cruisers. In the St. Martin/St. Maarten forum, liltellurr asks, “Are there areas to avoid, [...]

A Closer Look: What Song is Best for Sailaway?

What feelings would “My Heart Will Go On” – the Titanic theme tune – evoke if you heard it as you sailed out of port: Happy, excited – or extremely nervous? Apparently, there are quite a few of you who would like to listen to that particular soundtrack during the sailaway party, at least according [...]

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 [...]

A Closer Look: Project Linus on HAL Amsterdam

What do you do when you’re at sea for 112 days? That’s what Arna Lewis a frequent cruiser with Holland America, wondered before her 2010 world cruise on Amsterdam. So she contacted the Seattle office of Project Linus with an idea: Could the non-profit that provides blankets to ailing children and teens give her some [...]

A Closer Look: Carnival Live! Concert Series

Carnival announced its Carnival Live! concert series with a lot of fanfare — and help from Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson back in January. The idea was simple and cool: Musicians, like Jewel and REO Speedwagon, would perform on one of the line’s ships while docked in either Nassau or Cozumel. Passengers could pay $20-$40 for regular [...]

A Closer Look: What Makes a True Cunarder?

Cruisers are a fiercely loyal bunch. Either they only have (and ever will) travel with one cruise line, or have tried another, hated it (or missed the one they are used to) and come back to the original one. This is played out most clearly on the Cruise Critic Message Boards, where you’ll rarely see [...]

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