Cruise Tip of the Week: Save While You Sip

Tip: Every cruiser has his or own tricks for saving money — whether it’s vowing not to spend extra on specialty restaurants or purchasing a beverage package. But there are quite a few “secrets” to stretching your budget that the cruise lines don’t advertise. If beverage packages aren’t your thing, consider this: Beer-drinkers: Ordering a […]

Cruise Bartending’s Best of the Best Mix it up for Bacardi

And now let us praise those unsung heroes of your cruise, the lowly barkeep. In these times of cleanses and CrossFit, it might be unpopular to admit that you’re the one buying an unlimited drinks package. Here at Cruise Critic, we go out of our way to stress that today’s ships are much more than […]

Take a Chocolate Journey: Princess Pairs with Norman Love

The world, it seems, has gone crazy for chocolate. And we’re not talking Reese’s here. Sales of premium chocolate, the kind where cacao counts and cocoa “terroir” are proudly marked, are up around the globe, particularly in luxury-minded countries within Asia such as China and Japan. At least that’s the message that chocolatier Norman Love […]

Countdown to Quantum: What’s up with the Robotic Bartenders?

I’ve got to admit, when I first heard that Royal Caribbean’s newest ship Quantum of the Seas would have robotic bartenders, a number of thoughts came to mind. First: It’s gonna be a bit of a one-sided conversation. Second: Will they look more like R2-D2 or C3PO? Third: Does that mean will they be losing […]

Prost! Celebrate Oktoberfest by Booking A Beer Cruise

For beer lovers, there’s never been a better time to tap into a brews-infused booze cruise, thanks to a slate of new hops-inspired sailings, well worth raising a (pint) glass to. With cruise lines taking landlubbing craft brew trend to sea, cruisers can now tipple the days away on itineraries overflowing with brewery visits, beer […]

Six Cruise Line Bartenders Mix It Up in Battle for the Best

On Friday night, talented mixologists were contending for the best bartender crown in the finals of the Bacardi Cruise Competition.

Vote for Your Favorite Bacardi Cocktail – and Get a Free Recipe Book!

Have you ever wondered exactly what’s in that delicious yet mysterious concoction that your favorite onboard bartender whipped up on your last voyage? You might be able to make it at home now. Cruise Critic is hosting the 2014 Bacardi Cruise Competition semi-final voting, which includes a free, downloadable recipe book containing all the contenders’ […]

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 […]

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