New Ship Alert: Celebrity Reflection Sees First Daylight

Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final of Celebrity’s stylish Solstice-class sisters, saw daylight for the first time on Sunday in Papenburg, Germany. With the coaxing of a pair of tugs, the 126,000-ton, 3,030-passenger ship was transferred from its indoor dock at the Meyer Werft shipyard to its nearby al fresco fitting-out pier. This YouTube video, […]

Video: Time Lapse Cruising

If the Original Trinidad Tropicana Steel Band playing “Jamaica Farewell” doesn’t get you on tglig‘s time lapse video of their Western Caribbean cruise — viewed by 2,255 and counting, the first of several gorgeous Gulf of Mexico sunsets will. Taken from the window of their rear-facing cabin aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, the […]

Baby Onboard: Cruise Ship Inspires Mom-to-Be

We’ve heard of cruise-themed parties, Christmas trees and senior proms, but Cruise Critic member 444cruiser has taken the nautical theme to an extreme with her Disney Dream-inspired baby nursery. She raided Jo-Ann Fabrics, cyber-stalked photographers and repainted furnishings to make a land-locked room feel like a cruise ship. Clever touches include “porthole” mirrors and a […]

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. Please share this post!

‘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. Please share this post!

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. […]

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