We Dare You! 8 Things to Do On Your Next Cruise

How many times have you been tempted to do something silly on a cruise, but held back because you felt a teeny bit embarrassed? How often have you kept your mouth shut when you overheard a fellow passenger being rude? Are you a slave to propriety, even in the middle of the Caribbean? When you’re [...]

Decreasing Your Creases: How to Get That Wrinkle-Free Look Onboard

It’s a common problem for me when I travel, and now I know I’m not alone. How do I keep myself looking presentable when I’ve stuffed a week’s worth of clothing into a small suitcase? It seems no matter whether I carefully fold, gently roll or even use a three-suit garment bag, my clothes come [...]

Cruise Tips: How to Watch the World Cup at Sea

If you’re reading this on a cruise or about to embark on one and you’re worried about missing the World Cup – which kicks off tonight in Brazil – fear not, a number of cruise lines will be screening it live onboard. Passengers will be able to watch all 64 matches, which take place from tonight [...]

The Luxe Life: Just How Inclusive is All-Inclusive?

All-inclusive cruising, which upscale lines have been touting in recent years, sounds fantastic. No chits to sign. No tips to pay. It’s the hassle-free way to go. But what’s really included—and what’s not? The answer depends on the cruise line. Azamara Club Cruises went the all-inclusive route last year, adding “select standard spirits” to their [...]

Planning a Cruise to Asia: Your First Steps

Photo courtesy of Teijo Niemela On the eve of my trip to Singapore to meet up with Compagnie du Ponant’s Le Soleal for a 12-night Indonesia-centric voyage, I’m reflecting on the pros – and cons – of traveling to Asia. In over ten years as chief editor of Cruise Critic, I’ve been to Asia just [...]

Live from….Viking Skadi: 5 Things To Know About European Christmas Markets

Lights, cameras, lebkuchen! There’s perhaps no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than visiting the home of many holiday traditions: Germany and its surrounding countries, which celebrate the season jovially with markets proffering local handicrafts, holiday sweets and plenty, plenty of gluhwein — mulled wine in a keepsake mug. Christmas market cruises, offered [...]

Q & A: Top Cruising Tips from Author Gary Bembridge

/> Gary Bembridge is the author of the recently published Cruise Traveler’s Handbook – the essential guide for any novice cruiser. He also has a website Tips for Travellers, where he offers tips and advice on all aspects of travel, including cruising. Our U.K. Editor Adam Coulter caught up with Gary to quiz him about his top tips for [...]

Cute, Cuddly & Unpredictable: Five Things to Know About Animals in Port

Until a recent trip to Bali, Indonesia, I thought my respect for nature was enough to keep me from turning into one of those crazy “I was attacked!” stories on Animal Planet. Turns out, you can run into problems with a port’s local wildlife, even if you’re cautious. I’ve long been an animal whisperer, and [...]

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