Destination Spotlight: What’s Coming to Costa Maya, Mexico

Call it the Comeback Kid: Built out of nothing and decimated by storms, the Mexican port of Costa Maya continues to not only survive, but thrive – and has ambitious plans for future growth. Located near the former fishing village of Majahual (also spelled Mahahual), Costa Maya receives regular year-round calls from Carnival Cruise Lines [...]

Pondering Progreso: 5 Things to Love

As Cruise Critic’s (relatively) new Destinations Editor, I’ve been spending lots of time reading our forums, looking to see what ports and regions inspire the most questions and concerns among our members. It soon became apparent that our members wanted more information about several popular ports in Mexico — Progreso and Costa Maya. Progreso, in [...]

Destination Spotlight: Touring Independently on a Cruise in Norway

One of the most difficult parts of planning a cruise is figuring out what to do in port — especially if you don’t want to take the ship’s tours or organize a group to book an independently arranged tour in advance. Sometimes it’s hard to strike a balance between spontaneity and not missing out on [...]

More Whales in Glacier Bay Lead to Ship Speed Adjustments

An “extremely high” number of whales in Alaska’s Glacier Bay has prompted the National Park Service to issue speed restrictions on cruise ships traversing the famed fjords. As many as 60 whales have been spotted in lower Glacier Bay recently, drawn to schools of small, high-calorie fish such as capelin, sandlance and herring, says Christine [...]

Port Everglades Smokestacks Soon to Become History

The red-and-white striped smokestacks that have become a landmark for cruisers coming in and out of Port Everglades will be demolished at 6:45 a.m., E.D.T., tomorrow, with an implosion that will be broadcast live on the web. Owned by Florida Power & Light, the 350-foot smoke stacks have been part of the port’s landscape for [...]

Giving Back In Port

A big blue tour bus with a capacity for some 60 people waited outside the pier for us — all five of us. We were three passengers, one crew member and one host. We were all volunteers for Crystal Cruises‘ You Care, We Care voluntourism excursion to the Feed Nova Scotia food bank in Halifax. [...]

Can a ‘European’ Cruise Line Win Over America?

Despite having ships stationed in five continents, Italy-based MSC Cruises is almost always thought of as “very Euro.” (We’ll explain in a minute.) So it may have come as a surprise to some that the line will be basing its splashy 3,502-passenger MSC Divina year-round in Miami. The one-year-old ship will begin offering Caribbean cruises [...]

Three Hours in Nassau: So Much More than Sun, Sand and Shopping

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