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 […]

Celebrity Cruises’ CEO Talks Poolside Jumbotrons (Never!), Future of Oldest Ship, More

Celebrity Cruises‘ new President and CEO, Michael Bayley, has taken to the Cruise Critic message boards — minus the pun-y alias. The time for questions is over, but Bayley has been diligently slogging through the hundreds of reader posts about poolside movie screens, aging vessels and the deafening music some think has invaded Celebrity’s lounges […]

Model Cruiser Builds a Following on Cruise Critic

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 […]

Readers Not Sold on Carnival’s $50 Pay-for-Perks Scheme

Lately, it seems Carnival just can’t get anything right — at least as far as many Carnival loyalists are concerned. First, cruisers were disappointed with the new VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) past-passenger program. And then, just when the furor was starting to die down, there was yesterday’s announcement: The line will begin testing an […]

Take THAT, Deck Chair Hogs

We’ve covered the topic of deck chair hogs quite a bit. They came in second in our poll about the worst onboard evildoers, and there are countless threads on the Cruise Critic message boards lamenting their very existence. But, really, what’s being done about it?

Celebrity’s At-Sea Music Fest: Brilliant Marketing or a Huge Risk?

A Southern California desert institution will become a floating festival, undoubtedly attracting one of the youngest groups of passengers ever to sail on a Celebrity Cruises ship. The promoters behind Coachella, the annual music and art fest held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, have unveiled the S.S. Coachella, AKA the 2,886-passenger Celebrity […]

In Defense of Deck Chair Hogs

We’re used to making sweeping generalizations that everyone hates deck chair hogs, but it stands to reason that if everyone hated them, there would BE no top-ship swine in the first place. So, maybe people who hog chairs don’t know that they’re doing it … or maybe they just don’t care. We recently came across […]

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