Behind the Scenes: Why Cruise Lines Cancel River Cruises

My bags were packed. I had my passport, cruise docs and euros ready to go. It was the day before I was supposed to hop a plane to Amsterdam, and suddenly I got the news no cruiser wants to hear: my river cruise was canceled. Right now, I am supposed to be aboard Uniworld Boutique […]

Dispatch from Greece: Recession in the Background

The caravan of cruise line coaches, chartered by Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea, snaked its way up the Greek mountains to the famed monasteries of Meteora. Here, certainly, tourism seemed as healthy as ever. Penny Gripeou, a licensed guide who drove five hours from Athens to Volos to lead our tour with Azamara, nodded. “The […]

Carnival Live! Two Minutes with Martina McBride

To celebrate the arrival of its third year-round cruise ship to the port of Galveston, Carnival Cruise Line hosted more than 1,000 members of the U.S. military and their families onboard Carnival Freedom to enjoy a concert by country superstar Martina McBride on Valentine’s Day 2015. Though she has performed several times onboard a cruise […]

A Closer Look: Talking With Carnival Cruise Line’s Incoming President

Christine Duffy, incoming president of Carnival Cruise Line, already knows how she’ll be spending at least one week this winter – on a Carnival ship, soaking up some rays, enjoying a book and checking out everything that there is to know about Fun Ships. That’s because, though she’s been on other cruise ships, Duffy has […]

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Help Out

We all know the importance of keeping a cool head when things go wrong during travel. What’s even more impressive: A person who goes above and beyond to help others through a stressful situation. On our forums, Cruise Critic members often single out crewmembers or fellow passengers who made their voyage remarkable for various reasons. […]

Hope for the Holidays: The Gift of Cruise

Giving seems to become instinctual this time of year. Our hearts are warmed by stories of people donating to the less fortunate, or the smile on a child’s face when he or she gets one gift and starts to believe in Santa. This holiday season, a cruise line is shedding hope in its own way. […]

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 […]

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