Contest: Win a Prime Viewing Spot for Queen Mary 2 Anniversary Sail

There are few ships as iconic as Queen Mary 2. With its trademark red and black funnel, the Cunard flagship has drawn oohs and aahs at 182 ports around the world for a decade now, sailing more than 419 voyages since its christening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004. More fun QM2 [...]

Contest Results: Quantum of the Seas’ Bumper Cars

The results are in….and the first bumper cars at sea, due to appear on Royal Caribbean’s

Contest: What Model are the Bumper Cars on Quantum of the Seas?

Please enable Javascript to watch this video Royal Caribbean’s brand-new Quantum of the Seas doesn’t arrive in its Bayonne, New Jersey homeport until November. But anticipation has been building, particularly for some of the features that will be among the first seen at sea. Take the North Star, a jewel-shaped glass capsule that rises 300 [...]

Become a Gift-Giving Champion & Win Gold

From salvaged and re-purposed cruise ship furniture to plastic pill cases, this year’s gift guide features our Cruise Critic editors’ wide range of personal choices for that perfect travel token. Editor-In-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown uncovers the ultimate investment for an avid cruiser or ship enthusiast: Living-room-ready antique furnishings and decor from ancient cruise ships. Maritime [...]

Name that Ship, Win a Prize

This one goes out to you ship lovers. We were recently onboard a ship and snapped a shot of its main dining room. Do you recognize it? Name that ship in the comments below by noon, Friday, March 8. We’ll randomly select a winner from the correct responses and mail off a prize from our [...]

Giveaway: The Man of 1,000 Cruises

After 1,000 cruises, it’s fair to say Douglas Ward has an opinion or two. One of the most esteemed names in cruise writing, Ward has spent more than 30 years taking scrupulous notes and making honest appraisals of main dining room cuisine, cruise ship cabins and at-sea service. (That’s after years working on ships in [...]

Weird Cruise Ship Art: “What Does It Mean?!” Contest

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Adrian, who went a little dark with his interpretation of Reflection’s art. His thoughtful explanation: “Murder by ceramics – You’ve got the murderer on the left hand side – the victim on the right, and a looker on, or possibly an angel in the middle.” For his winning entry, Adrian will [...]

Disney’s Castaway Cay 5K Run a Nice Change of Pace for Cruisers

Running on a cruise ship is a bit of a mixed bag. Sure, you get the beauty of the sea, the fresh air hitting your face, the kind words from fellow passengers. You also get rocky treadmills, distraction from every corner as you try to weave your way around the ship’s designated jogging track (why [...]

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