Two Cruise Experts Dish About Their Years at Sea

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend months out of the year on a cruise ship? Now imagine getting paid for the privilege. If that sounds like the life for you, you can be jealous of Douglas Ward, author of the annual “Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships” guidebook, who spends about […]

Cruise Critic Coming to The New York Times Travel Show

As March roars in like a lion  (at least on the East Coast where the dreaded “wintry mix” is still a factor), your thoughts may justifiably turn toward warmer climes — and that cruise vacation you have yet to book. If you’re looking for some inspiration – and perhaps grab a few glossy brochures to […]

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 […]

Cruising Demystified: Towel Animals Made Simple

There is little here at Cruise Critic that gives us more pleasure when on a cruise to come back to our cabins and find a lovingly-crafted towel animal waiting for us. Or, on a Carnival cruise, waking up in the morning and finding an army of the little critters sunbathing on the deckchairs on the […]

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