Noro-Tanks and 6 Other Stories From Cruise Shipping Miami’s Tradeshow Floor

Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM), the annual industry mega-conference in March, is a who’s who of maritime heavyweights. But it’s nothing if not for its tradeshow floor. The sprawling 11.5-acre collapsible city features vacuum toilet purveyors, Noro-killing scooters and “art for ships” hawkers, alongside the requisite yards, ports and marine suppliers. It’s a fantastically trippy mishmash […]

Building a Better Biscuit, Steamboat Style

With two new ships dedicated to the Big Muddy launching this year, it’s apparent that Mississippi River cruising is making a comeback. To get the 411 on what type of dining scene to expect aboard Great American Steamboat Company’s upcoming American Queen, kitchen-savvy Cruise Critic staffer Melissa Paloti traveled to Natchez, Mississippi, to get a […]

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 […]

Cruise Food Face-Off: Nobu vs. No Cooking

This week, two luxury cruise lines made special food-themed announcements. Crystal Cruises — which has had a partnership with master chef Nobu Matsuhisa since 2003 — announced that, during his annual sailing, Nobu will participate in a number of enrichment activities for passengers, including nightly appearances, a cooking demo, autograph signings and more. Several hours […]

Where’s the Beef? Carnival Cruise Lines Scraps Porterhouse

The economy’s been bad. We’ve heard it a million times. Cruise lines have been facing a bit of a conundrum as a result: how to keep cruise prices low without sacrificing quality. It seems that, sometimes, it just can’t be done without some cutbacks.

Norwegian Epic: ‘Excellent in So Many Ways,’ but…

Cruise Critic readers are nothing if not straight shooters, so we weren’t surprised by Comitis‘ honest appraisal of a recent Caribbean cruise on Norwegian Epic. In her critique, one of five reviews of the week, she raved about the brilliant entertainment (think Blue Man Group and Second City comedy), but chided some of the chow. […]

Another Added Fee: Royal Caribbean’s Iconic Lounge Adds a La Carte Dining

Ka-ching? Splendour of the Seas‘ Viking Crown Lounge (VCL), the circular top-ship space easily identifiable on every Royal Caribbean vessel, has been transformed into a for-fee tapas bar. The 15-year-old ship recently emerged from a five-week, $50 million refurb that included the addition of iPads in every cabin, a nursery and a half dozen new […]

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