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 [...]

Video: Save With DIY Cocktails at Sea

New Cruise Critic member BermudaMopedGuy from Alabama is a fast learner. After just two sailings, the native of Tuscumbia, Al (birthplace of Helen Keller) already understands the value of Carnival’s Bon Voyage program. Smuggling hard liquor onboard is officially against The Rules. Pre-purchasing liters of gin, vodka and whiskey from the line is not. According [...]

The Best (Funkiest) Way to Tour a Cruise Ship?

The world, or at least a cruise ship, is a discoteque for funky younger brother of Cruise Critic member dancingonthewaves. “Royal Caribbean Dancing Boy” grooves in Monarch of the Seas‘ Centrum, elevators, pool, by the rock-wall, in the dining room … you get the point. The only venue he doesn’t cut a rug in: Monarch’s [...]

After Concordia: Master Mariner Details Sunken Cruise Ship’s Last Moments

With Concordia’s voyage data recorder (VDR) — the so-called “black box” that could reveal how the disaster unfolded — in the hands of Italian investigators, one experienced mariner has sought to explain what he thinks happened. Capt. John Konrad, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed master mariner of unlimited tonnage and editor in chief of maritime [...]

Video: ‘Don’t Worry – We All Waited for Ya!’

Picture a nice, relaxing day on the beach in Cozumel: warm sun, white sand, ocean breezes … followed by a jarring all-out sprint down the pier to catch your ship, which has been not-so-patiently waiting for you to get your butt back onboard. This video and all of its humiliation is a prime example of [...]

Baby Onboard: The Ultimate Cruise Competition?

It’s baby vs. baby in “Jack-Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash,” a competitive event held on Disney Cruise Line‘s newest ship, Disney Dream. The race, staged once per cruise in the ship’s atrium, rewards the first tot to crawl, sit and stare their way across a padded, 20-foot track. (Note: The activity is limited to babies in [...]

Video: For One Cruiser, the Ultimate Light House

. What do Cruise Critic hosts do when they aren’t cruising … or hosting? Evidently they spend weeks stringing Christmas lights on their home and setting them to music. Host Mick, our Disney Cruise Line forum host, has lived in Newark, N.J., for more than 20 years and has no doubt become a real bright [...]

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