Love It or Hate It? Carnival Corporation’s Super Bowl Ad

For a cruise company looking for buzz, there’s no better time to seize the national spotlight than during the Super Bowl. And that’s just what Carnival Corporation & plc did with its “Come Back to the Sea” ad last night. The ad represented the culmination of a new marketing push by Carnival Corp., the parent […]

Cruise Critic Members Pull Off Flash Mob Wedding Proposal

Our inaugural crossing on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas last week was full of dramatic moments – crossing through a stormy Bay of Biscay, attending Cruise Critic’s biggest-ever Meet & Mingle, and, of course, the chance to try out the ship’s innovative new features. We loved Dynamic Dining’s choice of restaurants. The Seaplex, with […]

A Cruise in 3 Minutes: Time-Lapse Video from Norwegian Jade

Take a cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean in just three minutes with this time-lapse video, courtesy of Cruise Critic member hdarby.

Cruise Lines Take Part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

If you haven’t heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, then you must be living under a bucket. The trend sweeping the nation involves plenty of ice water with the intention to raise awareness and funds for those living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Everyday Americans, celebrities, sports teams […]

Video: Take a Virtual Tour of Quantum of the Seas!

Royal Caribbean has teamed up with self-confessed “tech geek”, TV presenter Jason Bradbury to take viewers on a virtual guided tour of its new ship, Quantum of the Seas. The video (above) showcases some of the standout features including the North Star, the bumper cars and 270 – the restaurant/theatre, which uses robotic screens and […]

Video: Cunard’s Three Queens Arrive in Southampton for QM2’s Birthday Celebrations

Cunard celebrated the 10th anniversary of its flagship, Queen Mary 2 with the arrival of its three-ship fleet in Southampton this morning, and we were on hand for the event. QM2 and its sister ships — Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth — all left Lisbon and made the transit to Southampton together. The ships arrived […]

Has Go Pro Use Gotten Out of Hand?

There’s no question that Go Pros – those small and lightweight cameras that attach to your hat, scuba mask, pole mount, kite, what have you – have revolutionized the way that people memorialize their vacation. On our member forums, we’ve seen some awesome videos that range from water slide antics to underwater snorkeling to on-the-beach […]

Video: How Cunard Got That Awesome Shot

Last week, we posted this photo of Queen Mary 2’s Captain Kevin Oprey standing on teh bow of Cunard’s flagship on our Facebook page – and it quickly went viral. If you wondered how they managed it (we did), we’ve now got the video footage which shows you exactly how. Happy Friday! Please share this […]

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