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 [...]

9 More Ways to Get Free (or Cheaper) Drinks at Sea

Our 7 ways to get “free” drinks at sea post really had you opening up, so much so that we knew there’d be another round. This one’s on you, though. We’ve compiled nine great reader tips and tricks for scoring free or discounted pours on cruise ships.

Tips to Cruise By: Packing, Drinking and Cash Handshakes

When a Cruise Critic member takes the time to write a bang-up review, we all benefit. Earlmarie, one of five member reviewers of the week, cruised on Ruby Princess to “de-stress and relax with no schedule.” There was one thing she planned on doing: help future cruisers. Sprinkled throughout her comprehensive write-up are packing tips [...]

Bar Tab Confidential: You Spent HOW Much on Booze?

Seems Cruise Critic members sure know how to rack up a bar tab while on the high seas. Last week we asked readers on the Lido Deck and our Facebook page what’s the most they spent on cocktails (including beer and wine) while cruising. While we were surprised by how little some folks dished out [...]

Happy Hour Special: Royal Caribbean’s Mango Martini

In true cruise spirit, every evening this week, we’ve offered up special happy hour recipes for you to imbibe at your leisure. Friday is finally here, and we can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend than with a fun, fruity cocktail that’s super simple to make. (Or “foo foo” drinks, as [...]

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