7 Tips for Taking a Better Picture on Your Next Cruise

In third grade, the “Shipshooter” was obsessed with drawing clipper ships on his school notebook. Eight hundred fifty New York Times photo assignments and one bone-crunching run-in with an industrial camera-kite later, he’s one of the most sought-after ship snappers in the industry. Please share this post!

Getting the Drift: Cruise Ships in Snow

Let’s face it: Most of the time we associate cruises with sunshine and beaches. So it’s startling to see a ship in snow. But there are more cruises than you’d think that feature the white stuff, either right up close or afar. From Alaska voyages and Antarctic expeditions to European Christmas market cruises and Norwegian […]

Slideshow: Queen of the Mississippi and the Rebirth of American River Cruising

Colonial Salisbury, an 11-square-mile city abutting Maryland’s Wicomico River, is certainly not the first place that comes to mind when you think “cruise ship powerhouse.” That designation goes to Finland, Italy and Germany. But Chesapeake Shipbuilding has been pumping out American-built passenger vessels here for the better part of the last decade. Please share this […]

11 Things to Do on a Cruise Ship Sun Deck & 1 Not to

Today’s cruise ship sun decks are about sea views, salt air … and surf simulators. Over the past decade, top-ship spaces have been transformed into activity hubs, featuring watercoasters, adults-only retreats and freshly mowed picnic areas. And while we’ll never tire of simple sun-deck pursuits like reading or getting sunburn, the new options mean we […]

Turkeys at Sea: 13 of the Worst Ideas in Cruising

Banning women from bring hair dryers onboard? Charging passengers to offset spiking fuel prices — after they’d already slapped down a deposit? It seemed like a good idea at the time. As our thoughts turn to roasted tom turkey, football and in-laws, we wonder: In all of cruise travel, which ideas will go down as […]

The 9 Best Cruise Ship Bars

Opinions about cruising’s best bars vary like the color of cocktails. One passenger’s top shelf piano lounge may be another’s sun deck dive. But we have our favorites — levitating lounges, pubs with delicious fish and chips, and al fresco bars where you can watch surfers wipe out while you nurse an Ocean Breeze. Enjoy […]

The Cruise Ship Makeover to End All Makeovers?

The refurbishment is so ambitious that they’re renaming the ship. The 18-year-old Costa Romantica has entered a 3.5-month, $125 million dry-dock, from which it will emerge in mid-February as … wait for it … Costa neoRomantica. Spending $125 million — in one of the most expensive refurbs ever — may sound like a lot, but […]

11 Scariest Moments on a Cruise

Like a popular slasher film, there had to be a sequel. So we’re back in time for Halloween to haunt you once more with the most frightening cruise stories ever posted on a forum or Facebook fan page. Behold the demonic powers of the Caribbean sun, the drunk who tries to sink a ship and […]

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