Cruise Ship Runway: Formal Night

Formal nights … dreaded by some, anxiously awaited by many. Either way, it’s smart to pack a snazzy outfit or two just in case. For the majority — who most likely come prepared with accessories to accent their extravagant ensembles — formal nights are a highlight of the cruise. It’s a chance to dress up […]

My Date With a Royal Princess (Part II)

The last time I went on a shipyard visit was to see Seabourn’s final Odyssey-class ship, Seabourn Quest, in Genoa. Quest was about a month or so from sea trials, so largely complete. There were wires hanging from ceilings and a lot of men banging, polishing and finishing off things, but it was very clear […]

New Kids on the Block Cruise: The “Right Stuff” for Reliving Your Boy Band Obsession

Attention fans: The 2013 NKOTB Cruise will run May 18 to 22. Ticket pre-sale for fan club members begins September 13, with ticket sales open to the public on September 14. For more information, visit NKOTB.com.. Maybe it’s because I’m a “Blockhead.” But while typical Caribbean cruisers sail for the culinary offerings, leisurely pace and […]

Slideshow: Cruising’s Newest Royalty Heads South

Cunard shmunard. American Cruise Lines‘ 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi, the first Big Muddy-based riverboat built in some 15 years, headed south this week. The Victorian-style riverboat, which is six weeks ahead of schedule, pulled out of Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, Maryland, en route for New Orleans, where it will kick-off its tenure on the […]

Wanted: A Pair of Queens (or Three if You Got ‘Em)

As part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebration next month, Cunard will be amassing its own royal trio — Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2. Coming at the tail end of a holiday weekend in Britain, the June 5 event promises to attract thousands to Southampton for a street festival, fireworks and a […]

8 Unusual Cruise Ship Balcony Cabins

Hump, twin, sweet 16? Nothing to do with identical camels celebrating a rite of passage here. These are nicknames and marketing speak for cruising’s less common — but unusually well-loved — balcony cabins. We’ve waded deep in the message boards and cruise line media galleries to unearth examples of at-sea accommodations affording views of the […]

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 […]

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