You Don’t Recognize This Guy’s Face, but You’ll Know His Voice. Trust Us.

You never know who you’re going to meet on a cruise ship — rap stars, pop divas, soap actors. The list goes on and on. So when someone told me that Elmo Shropshire (aka Dr. Elmo) was performing with his three-man band onboard the inaugural run of American Queen last week, I naturally said, “Who?” [...]

Only at Sea: 3 Activities We’d Normally Never Do

There’s something about the freedom of the open seas that gets cruisers congoing, showing off their hairy gams or dressing up for dinner. In other words, doing things they’d never ordinarily do. Case in point: Cruise Critic’s Jamey Bergman spent four days on 4,100-passenger Norwegian Epic trying activities he’d be horrified to do back on [...]

An Island Adventure That Could Kill You

At St. Maarten’s Maho Beach, the shore-ex of choice is playing chicken with jumbo jets that seem poised to plow into onlookers and beach chairs instead of land at the adjacent airport.

‘Love for Sail’: That Sinking Feeling

In an explosion of Botox and silicone, “Love for Sail,” a new dating show set on Norwegian Cruise Line ships, made its debut on Lifetime Tuesday night when four women in their 40′s fought to win the affection of six men (some as young as 26) aboard Norwegian Pearl.

Bathrobes in the Buffet: Too Casual?

Every now and then a wildfire develops on the Cruise Critic boards, usually by someone asking a simple question or throwing out a divisive opinion. So, a while back, it wasn’t all that surprising to see a raging debate over the matter of bathrobes in the buffet, or at the pool, or in the casino. [...]

Video: The Coolest Cruise Passenger?

I think I smell a rat. Chester the Rat, that is, an indefatigable stuffed rodent who recently hit the seas for a three-night St. Patrick’s Day cruise on Carnival Sensation. Chester is never far from a cocktail, and he’s obsessed with hugging (and being kissed by) strangers — something that could put a less-cuddly cruiser [...]

Video: An Unusual Marriage at the Shipyard

Sometimes it takes a moving picture. Above is a video of a 23-ton red paddlewheel and American Cruise Lines‘ 150-passenger Queen of the Mississippi becoming one in maritime matrimony. The wheel certainly isn’t only for show — it can be used exclusively to propel the Victorian-styled boat — but a pair of 1,900 horse power [...]

Video: No Competition — This Is Cruising’s Best Pool

Even the scratch half way through the clip — viewed by 1.1+ million people and counting — can’t break the spell of watching a self-leveling pool table in action. These gyroscopic devices are found on Royal Caribbean’s four Radiance-class ships, Radiance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Brilliance of [...]

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