Dining Debate: Why I Choose Flexible Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagree on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing [...]

Dining Debate: Why I Choose Assigned Dining

Even in the Cruise Critic office, our staff disagrees on which is better: flexible, anytime dining and assigned-seating, traditional dining. Bring up the subject, and the discussion will get heated! In this pair of blogs, two Cruise Critic editors go head to head, debating the two sides of the dining dilemma. To read the opposing [...]

Face-Off: Passport vs. No Passport

A hot topic among our readers during the Carnival Triumph incident has resurfaced since news broke of the fire aboard Royal Caribbean‘s Grandeur of the Seas. Cruisers are exempt from needing passports if they are on “closed loop” sailings — sailings that start and finish in the same U.S. homeport. So the question remains: Should [...]

Is Cunard Relaxing its Dress Code?

Apart from smoking and tipping, few other topics spark debate like what to wear onboard. It seems everyone and their great aunt has a view on whether you should dress up onboard. Which is why when Cunard — regarded as the most formal of all the lines — announced it is “loosening” its dress code [...]

The Best New Cruise Ship of 2013?

Wild swings in the vote. Furious campaigning. Baseless character assassinations. The occasion: Deciding which of 2013′s marquee new-builds cruisers would prefer to sail. It’s between the 3,600-passenger Royal Princess and the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Breakaway, two buzzworthy prototypes launching next year. Will it be Princess’ quiet, big-ship elegance or Breakaway’s NYC-inspired exuberance?

Face-Off: the Elephant vs. the Donkey

It’s election day, and for lots of Americans, that means we’ve finally come to the end of a tiresome season of fundraising, campaigning and debating. But others — both conservatives and liberals — can’t get enough of all things political, and the idea of sailing aboard a cruise ship filled with a couple thousand folks [...]

A Cruise Back in Time: Fares Then and Now

While reading an old copy of a book that once belonged to my travel-loving grandfather, I was startled when a makeshift bookmark fell into my lap. It was a yellowed advertisement for cruises — specifically, sailings aboard Cunard‘s iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 — torn from a USAir magazine, circa October 1982. Itineraries noted on the [...]

Is MSC the New Norwegian?

Over on Facebook and Twitter, we had some fun discussions about MSC Cruises and its newest ship, Divina, which departed from the shipyard at St. Nazaire, France, on Saturday. One Cruise Critic poster called the Switzerland-based MSC the Carnival of Europe. It’s not. Costa, which is actually owned by Carnival Corp., gets that nod; it [...]

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