The Decline of Cruise Ship Elevator Etiquette?

“I have always wondered how common courtesy goes out the window when it comes to elevator etiquette,” begins a missive to the Sea-Mail inbox from Ria Maratheftis. “If I am waiting for an elevator & a few people come along & press the button, then why do they think they should be the first ones [...]

Turkeys at Sea: 13 of the Worst Ideas in Cruising

Banning women from bring hair dryers onboard? Charging passengers to offset spiking fuel prices — after they’d already slapped down a deposit? It seemed like a good idea at the time. As our thoughts turn to roasted tom turkey, football and in-laws, we wonder: In all of cruise travel, which ideas will go down as [...]

11 Scariest Moments on a Cruise

Like a popular slasher film, there had to be a sequel. So we’re back in time for Halloween to haunt you once more with the most frightening cruise stories ever posted on a forum or Facebook fan page. Behold the demonic powers of the Caribbean sun, the drunk who tries to sink a ship and [...]

Cruise Line Loyalty: The Proof Is in the Ink

Some people get barbed wire, butterflies or Chairman Mao. Cruise Critic Facebook friend Julie Arline Scott has adorned her ankles with Royal Caribbean‘s Crown & Anchor.

Forum Fire: Princess Cruises Cans 24-Hour Buffet, Stomachs Rumble

Is that the sound of rumbling bellies? Late-night snackers have one less dining option now that Princess Cruises has eliminated its 24-hour buffet option. The Horizon Court — which, until August, offered a “bistro” menu throughout the night — now closes fleetwide “anytime between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., depending on the demand and passenger [...]

Video: North Korea’s First Cruise Ship

Is the saying, “‘a bad cruise is always better than working’ true in this case?” asked Scott Dawkins on Cruise Critic’s Facebook page. Dawkins was asking, of course, about the recent trial voyage of the 9,700-ton Mangyongbong, a rusted former ferry transformed into North Korea’s first known cruise ship.

Forum Fire: Kids in the Concierge Lounge? Readers Won’t Drink to That

A perk certain Royal Caribbean passengers love: Every evening from 5 to 8:30 p.m., top-level suite guests and the most loyal RCI-ers enjoy a complimentary open bar in the concierge lounge. The kid-free concierge lounge. The invite list has just expanded, and the specter of a slew of new attendees has many loungers crying into [...]

Hurricane Irene’s Heroes and Zeros: 6 Cruise Line Crisis Responses

For a week now, we’ve watched Hurricane Irene upturn itineraries, blow off thatched roofs on private islands and put cruise line crisis control centers to the test. Along the way, readers have provided a steady surge of feedback, posting first-hand reports from choppy seas, weighing in on the debacle in San Juan and scrutinizing how [...]

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