8 Tips for Cruising To Greece During the Greek Financial Crisis

With Greek voters giving European austerity measures a resounding no this weekend, cruisers with upcoming Greek sailings have been wondering: How should we prepare for a trip to Athens and the islands during the Greek financial crisis? Here at Cruise Critic, we’re going ahead with a planned sailing on Azamara Journey later this month that […]

5 Passengers You Might Find on a Far East Cruise

With three Far East cruises under my (ever-expanding) belt, I’ve come to the conclusion that cruising in this part of the world – as opposed to the well-trafficked Caribbean or Med – draws a certain type of passenger. That’s not to say that there aren’t differences on each Far East cruise, depending on the line […]

6 Ways to Enjoy Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s Private Island

Half Moon Cay — the private island in the Bahamas that Carnival and Holland America share — looks like a movie set of a beach. The sand is pristinely white, with nary a scratchy shell or untoward piece of seaweed. The sea is warm, but not too warm, and turquoise, just like all the postcards […]

8 Lessons Learned From Taking the Kids on a Rome Shore Excursion

It’s an oft-repeated truth: Don’t drag young kids round Rome — or any European city — during a high-season cruise. It’s not worth it, as this sorry tale will prove. It all started off so well. Rewind a few months when I announced the trip to my two boys, ages 4 and 8: Me: Guess […]

Just Back From… Cuba Cruise, Hits and Misses

The Canadian company Cuba Cruise has made waves these past two years by being the only cruise line to offer seven-night Havana-to-Havana circumnavigations of the Caribbean’s largest island. It was also in the right place at the right time when President Obama loosened travel restrictions for Americans, partnering right away with people-to-people organizations to offer […]

7 Reasons You Should Try Princess’ New Alaska Cruise Program

Midnight sun, otherworldly views and some of the best seafood you’ll ever eat… the list of reasons people seek out an Alaska cruise in the summer could go on. Princess Cruises has long received kudos for its standout voyages to the Last Frontier; it won the “Best Itineraries” award in our 2014 Editors’ Picks. When […]

10 More Things Americans Should Know About Cruising to Cuba

Chris Gray Faust, an American, is back from a cruise to Cuba with the Canadian line Cuba Cruise. Here are 10 more things that Americans should know before they board (read her first installment). 1. Set your expectations, shipwise. Louis Cristal is not a new ship — and while the ship’s Greek and Cuban crew […]

10 Things Americans Should Know About Cruising to Cuba

It wasn’t all that long ago that traveling to Cuba seemed like a pipe dream, at least for the average American. For more than 50 years, the U.S. trade embargo against the Caribbean’s largest island meant that even as the rest of the world could experience Cuba’s beaches, culture and music, Americans were shut out. […]

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