Can I Bring a Doorbell/Hammock/Pigs in a Blanket Onboard My Cruise Ship?

As Cruise Critic’s news editor I’m always reading through our message boards, keeping up with what our readers are talking about and concerned with. At least once a week I come across questions regarding what can and can’t be brought onboard a cruise ship. Most are straight forward. Can I bring a curling iron? Can [...]

Decreasing Your Creases: How to Get That Wrinkle-Free Look Onboard

It’s a common problem for me when I travel, and now I know I’m not alone. How do I keep myself looking presentable when I’ve stuffed a week’s worth of clothing into a small suitcase? It seems no matter whether I carefully fold, gently roll or even use a three-suit garment bag, my clothes come [...]

WWYD: Botox on Board?

Cruise Critic member Freckles83 posed an interesting question on the Holland America message boards recently. How about hopping off a ship in Costa Rica, known for the quality and low prices of its cosmetic surgery, having a quick procedure done, and hopping back on again? If you think about this, it’s not a reality, as many [...]

What does a Royal Godmother Mean to You?

As we count down to the christening festivities Thursday for Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, featuring Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, we wondered: Does a royal godmother trump a celebrity? Mostly, yes. Some 54 percent of Cruise Critic members who voted in our recent poll said absolutely, the mix of royalty and cruise ships is a winning [...]

Video: Cruise Critic Member Airlifted After Heart Attack at Sea

Viewing this video through the lens of a helicopter’s night vision camera adds a “Zero Dark Thirty”-esque dramatic edge to what is, in many cases, a standard operating procedure: Airlifting an ailing passenger off of a cruise ship for land-based medical treatment. But despite the relative frequency of at-sea airlifts, it’s never an unexceptional event [...]

When Cruise Lines Work Together

OK, it’s not a cruise line executive climbing a tree to rescue a kitten, but the recent cooperation between Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line to get a handful of nonflying Carnival Dream passengers back to Florida is still pretty neat. Here’s the scoop.

Would You Think Twice About Cruising?

“Just wondering…. given all the dire reports from the Carnival ship this week, is it putting anyone off of cruising?” asks Cruise Critic boards member, startwin. Some version of this question echoes in many minds, from both industry and consumer bases, after any disaster: Would you get back in a car, plane, train, or in [...]

The Third Oasis-Class Cruise Ship Should Sail…

There isn’t a vessel around that commands the “floating island” cliché like the 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Oasis-class twins, which are some 40 percent larger than the next biggest cruise ships and feature at-sea Central Parks, Boardwalks, zip-lining and AquaTheaters. But these destinations unto themselves still cruise somewhere — six Caribbean ports capable of docking the beasts [...]

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