Roll out the Barrel: Seafaring Scotch Embarks on Expedition

Two barrels of single-malt Scotch whiskey have set sail with Hurtigruten on a voyage of discovery. During their year onboard the expedition ship Fram, the seafaring barrels of Scotch will clock up more nautical miles than the passengers embarking on the Norwegian line’s polar cruises. The only downside is that unlike their adventurous fellow cruisers [...]

Make New Friends and Tour the Ship on a Cabin Crawl

Welcome to Cabin Week! Every day this week, we’ll be highlighting our cabin-themed content, giving you great tips on everything from choosing the right cabin to getting upgrades and making a small stateroom feel more homey. Look for new blogs every day on the Lido Deck, as well as our best advice in our Ultimate [...]

Carnival’s All-Inclusive Drinks Package: In Vino Veritas?

There’s been no shortage of sober feedback about Carnival’s trial all-you-can-drink package, which is currently in beta on Carnival Victory. For about $50 a day, My Awesome Bar Program opt-ins — and all occupants of a cabin 21 or older must opt in — can order beer, wine, spirits, cocktails and certain nonalcoholic drinks priced [...]

Full Steam Ahead: 1 Race, 3 Boats, Lots of Drinking

Talk about a steamy situation — at least for the boats involved in Wednesday’s Great Steamboat Race, part of Louisville’s Kentucky Derby Festival. We’re on American Queen, whose port call in the city was fortuitously timed so it could take part in the race, which included the Belle of Cincinnati and the Belle of Louisville [...]

Only at Sea: 3 Activities We’d Normally Never Do

There’s something about the freedom of the open seas that gets cruisers congoing, showing off their hairy gams or dressing up for dinner. In other words, doing things they’d never ordinarily do. Case in point: Cruise Critic’s Jamey Bergman spent four days on 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic trying activities he’d be horrified to do back on [...]

Video: The Coolest Cruise Passenger?

I think I smell a rat. Chester the Rat, that is, an indefatigable stuffed rodent who recently hit the seas for a three-night St. Patrick’s Day cruise on Carnival Sensation. Chester is never far from a cocktail, and he’s obsessed with hugging (and being kissed by) strangers — something that could put a less-cuddly cruiser [...]

Video: Save With DIY Cocktails at Sea

New Cruise Critic member BermudaMopedGuy from Alabama is a fast learner. After just two sailings, the native of Tuscumbia, Al (birthplace of Helen Keller) already understands the value of Carnival’s Bon Voyage program. Smuggling hard liquor onboard is officially against The Rules. Pre-purchasing liters of gin, vodka and whiskey from the line is not. According [...]

Live From Celebrity Summit: First Impressions

After touring the newly refurbished Celebrity Summit, which has received a number of Solstice-class upgrades (that is, it’s been “Solsticized” ), one thing became utterly apparent: This is one elegant ship … save for some remaining traces of its renovation, which the above photo shows. The public spaces and cabins have been updated with new [...]

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