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 […]

A Closer Look: Royal Caribbean Celebrates Oasis 3 Keel-Laying

If the most momentous surprise at today’s keel-laying for Royal Caribbean’s third Oasis-class ship was the announcement that company executives had just signed a contract for a fourth vessel in the series, it took nothing away from the real reason we’d traveled to STX France, the St. Nazaire-based shipyard. Here to attend Oasis 3’s keel-laying […]

A Closer Look: Secrets of a Cruise Ship Lecturer

For my first lecture stint aboard a transatlantic cruise filled with British passengers bound for America, I laid out some folders, guides and maps relating to my topic, New York City. A couple of passengers came to the lectern for a chat, and I lost track of the collection, part of my personal archive of […]

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