Savor the Sea: Dining Week with Cruise Critic

Once limited to a few select, calorie-laden options, dining on cruise ships has become just as versatile, if not more so, than many vacation packages on land. Those who bear dietary restrictions, long for more variety or are just picky eaters have begun to expand their palates with a growing number of alternative restaurants and [...]

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 [...]

Popping Into San Francisco for a Taste of Celebrity Cooking

If Celebrity Cruises pops up a restaurant in San Francisco and its loyal past passengers don’t know about it … does it actually exist? It does. We know because Cruise Critic ate lunch at the pop-up venue, created from scratch at the back patio of the Stable Café and existing for two days and four [...]

Can an Adult Couple with No Kids Have Fun on a Disney Cruise?

During the recent national conference of CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. cruise sellers, I had the opportunity to sail on Disney Dream for three nights. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I’d be able to have my photo taken with Mickey and his pals, as well as the Disney princesses if I wanted – [...]

Food Souvenirs: Caribbean Goodies

Inspired by a brilliant Cruise Critic boards post on food souvenirs from the Mediterranean, Cruise Critic will run a blog series on the best food — by region — to pick up when you’re cruising. This week, we bring you suggestions for what to look for in cruising’s most popular region — the Caribbean. Certain [...]

Cruising a la Carte: For-Fee Steak & Lobster in the Main Dining Room?

On today’s cruise ships, added fees are appearing in venues where nary an extra nickel or dime was once extracted. Bars serve up-charge sliders. Buffets levy nominal fees for fondue and crab. A public (cruise ship) lawn turns into pricey village green. Even waiting in line has gotten more expensive. (Base cruise fares, as readers [...]

Win the ‘Ultimate Cruise Survival Kit’

Savvy cruisers know that smart packing means one thing: coming prepared for every at-sea eventuality. Even if that means bringing the hot sauce the ship doesn’t carry. (Just don’t bring these.)

Food Souvenirs: Treats from the Mediterranean

Inspired by a brilliant Cruise Critic boards post on food souvenirs from the Mediterranean, Cruise Critic will run a blog series on the best food — by region — to pick up when you’re cruising. To kick off our gourmet venture, we have suggestions on what to buy in some of the most common countries [...]

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