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 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 [...]
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).
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 [...]
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).
Crystal Cruises this week unveiled a living wall aboard Crystal Symphony, touting it as the “world’s first living wall at sea.”
When does a hobby become an obsession? That’s the first question that pops to mind when I’m reading the impressively detailed answers to a series of questions I’ve asked Jan Indekeu, also known as Modelbuilder on Cruise Critic’s forums. Jan prefers to go by John when talking to English-speakers (he’s Belgian) — just to make [...]
The first rendering of Peter Max’s Norwegian Breakaway hull has garnered mixed reviews. It’s the first cruise ship hull ever designed by a famous artist, so, naturally, we wondered: What if NCL had asked another art icon to tackle the massive project? Not that our four suggested picks are up to the task (they’re dead), [...]« go back — keep looking »