Giveaway: The Man of 1,000 Cruises

After 1,000 cruises, it’s fair to say Douglas Ward has an opinion or two. One of the most esteemed names in cruise writing, Ward has spent more than 30 years taking scrupulous notes and making honest appraisals of main dining room cuisine, cruise ship cabins and at-sea service. (That’s after years working on ships in [...]

Weird Cruise Ship Art: “What Does It Mean?!” Contest

Editor’s note: Congratulations to Adrian, who went a little dark with his interpretation of Reflection’s art. His thoughtful explanation: “Murder by ceramics – You’ve got the murderer on the left hand side – the victim on the right, and a looker on, or possibly an angel in the middle.” For his winning entry, Adrian will [...]

Should a Cruise Line Tell Passengers Who ‘Else’ Is Sailing?

The debate surrounding Carnival’s drag prohibition–no, acceptance(!) has been fierce. But from a mess of wigs, eyeliner and blood pressure spikes, an interesting question emerged: When a cruise line agrees to host an affinity group — fans of music, cats, vampires, werewolves, drag queens, liberalism, conservatism, cephalopods, John Heald — what responsibility does it have [...]

7 Scariest Cruise Ship Added Fees

Alongside the staple at-sea fears — the demonic Caribbean sun, ocean squalls and the drunken passenger who mistakes your cabin for his — is a new at-sea terror: added fees. Cheekiness aside, we’ve rounded up seven surcharges representing the frightening new normal of cruise pricing. Are the charges optional? Sure. But that doesn’t lessen our [...]

Cruise Critic’s Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights

Cruise ship passengers get a lot of flak from the general public — and even from other cruisers — for their onboard behavior. But if you’re not breaking cruise line rules or causing bodily or psychological harm to anyone else, why not get a little crazy on your vacation? If anyone gives you lip about [...]

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Third Breakaway-Class Ship Shall Be Called …

NCL revealed last week that a third Breakaway-class ship will debut, in fall 2015. It’s currently called Breakaway Plus in reference to its added girth — the 163,000-ton, 4,200-passenger ship will be some 11 percent larger than its 146,600-ton, 4,000-passenger half-sisters, Norwegian Breakaway (2013) and Norwegian Getaway (2014).

Cruising a la Carte: For-Fee Steak & Lobster in the Main Dining Room?

On today’s cruise ships, added fees are appearing in venues where nary an extra nickel or dime was once extracted. Bars serve up-charge sliders. Buffets levy nominal fees for fondue and crab. A public (cruise ship) lawn turns into pricey village green. Even waiting in line has gotten more expensive. (Base cruise fares, as readers [...]

Busted Onboard: Tales of Plunder at Sea

When it comes to the list of what not to do on a cruise ship, you’ve got to think that stealing would be near the top. So why the heck are stories of onboard thievery so prevalent? We’re not talking the stray towel here or bathrobe there (and no, we’re not advocating lifting linens).

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