Cruising Through YouTube

We all know that YouTube can be a rabbit hole: Once you fall in, it’s hard to climb out. For cruise lovers, there are thousands of videos you could watch, everything from pier runners to flash mobs to wild crew parties. (And if you can resist those related videos, I’d like to shake your hand.) […]

Hello, 2015: What’s Your Cruise Resolution?

Lose weight, stop smoking, get more organized: Sometimes the usual resolutions can be a bit of a bore. So why not make some cruising resolutions instead? Let 2015 be the year that you finally dare the zipline or you splurge on your first suite. With the calendar wide open, you’re free to dream. We here […]

2014 in Review: Biggest Cruise Surprise

Another year is winding down, and we here at Cruise Critic are taking stock of the hits, misses and outright surprises that made up our cruising year (and we invite you to share your own!) Today: Biggest Cruise Surprise As a ship fan, my thoughts typically turn to the vessels that surprised me but this […]

What If…Cruise Ships Had SkyMall?

On long flights, I’m a sucker for SkyMall. Although I’ve never actually bought anything, I get a kick out of the idea that travelers are able to make purchases — whether amazing or absolutely useless — at 35,000 feet. The last time I stole a copy of the magazine from my seatback pocket, it got […]

What Kind of Cruiser Are You?

We admit it. The editors at Cruise Critic are personality quiz junkies. Whether we’re determining which Harry Potter character we are, what country we should be living in or what color best describes our auras, personality quizzes sweep through our department like forest fires. So when Carnival Corp. Released its Cruise-A-Nality quiz a few weeks […]

Cruise Confession: I Showed up for My Cruise… A Year Early

It happens to everyone. You book something when you’re not paying attention and you get the dates wrong. Normally you catch the mistake in time, but worst-case scenario, you endure some mild embarrassment when you show up on the wrong day/week/month, right? One of our members took that scenario to the extreme, and has likely […]

Play the Cruise Critic Embarkation Day Scavenger Hunt!

Embarkation Day. A day that brings with it excitement, frustration, eagerness, anxiety and impatience. There’s so much to see: the guilty-looking guy claiming he didn’t know a bottle of rum wasn’t allowed in his backpack; the bartender with the fruity looking drink; a couple already in their bathing suits. It’s a people watchers’ dream, filled […]

What Do You Love About Cruising?

For those who haven’t wandered over to the Cruise Critic message boards, you’ll find them a wonderful place, with all facets of human life represented (for good and ill). Informative, self-regulating, kind, often humorous and frequently bizarre, the threads are so numerous that — for the first-timer — the boards can seem somewhat daunting. If […]

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