Two Seasons of Serenity

“For my wife and myself, Crystal Cruises is similar to a fine wine that keeps getting better and better with each passing year,” Cruise Critic member Keith1010 proclaimed, following his 120-plus-day journey aboard Crystal Serenity. From chilly January to balmy May, Keith1010 and his wife called the 68,000-ton, 1,070-passenger ship home.

Age is Just a Number Onboard a Disney Cruise

Seven nights of serenity, smiles and reminiscing made up z51red and his wife’s first cruise aboard Disney Fantasy. Many people tend to pin Disney as appealing primarly to kids, but for these 60-somethings, the ship had just the right balance of fun for everyone.

A Couple Rolls the Dice on Norwegian

The designs seemed so outlandish, and “anytime dining” sounded confusing and difficult. Those were reasons Cruise Critic member pauldixon and his wife hadn’t sailed with Norwegian Cruise Line, until they received an incentive they couldn’t pass up. But with meticulous planning, the couple turned their “free” cruise aboard Norwegian Pearl into an escapade they could enjoy.

Next Port of Call: Memory Lane

Nine years ago, Cruise Critic member Shayna20 stepped onto Caribbean Princess for the first time. When she returned to the ship this past Easter season, she found it just as enjoyable as she remembered. Traveling with two other couples, Shayna20 and her husband, both Platinum members with Princess, flew in early to ensure a swift embarkation, although [...]

Celebrity Surprises

Beautiful, modern and pristine is how Cruise Critic member mld685 described Celebrity Reflection when she boarded the ship with her Aqua Class welcome mimosa in hand. Prepped with information from other member reviews, she came onboard with an eager attitude and open mind. Surprisingly enough, areas that other people had considered “iffy” turned out to [...]

A Small Ship Experience: Making Friends and Memories

“If you’ve thought it would be fun to stand barefoot on the deck of a sailing ship, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face and the sails popping overhead… you’re right.” That’s how member ttisdale responded to his recent cruise aboard Island Windjammers‘ Sagitta. He and his wife had yearned [...]

A Mother & Daughter’s Fulfilling Short Cruise Escape

Relaxation, culture and exotic cuisine sound like a recipe for a satisfying weeklong cruise. For member So Cal Cruise Mom and her daughter, Carnival Imagination served as the perfect four-night getaway. West Coasters were ecstatic when Imagination, one of the Carnival‘s original “Fun Ships,” made its way to LA after Elation returned to its homeport of New [...]

A Cruise Full of Characters

What better birthday gift for a 7-year-old girl than a Disney cruise? That was the thinking when CharlottesMama booked a Western Caribbean cruise on Disney Wonder — the first-ever cruise for the family. The long roadtrip from Minnesota to the port of Galveston went off without a hitch. A late seating with another family that [...]

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