Thread du Jour: Crazy Dining Room Tablemates

If you’ve ever been proposed to by a 10-year-old, offered the Book of Psalms after ordering wine with your meal or watched someone hand-inspect every single roll in the basket before selecting one, welcome to the club. You’ve broken bread at sea with a crazy tablemate. Stretching 550 posts, readers have been sharing their most […]

A Cruise Ship Etiquette Lesson, Like It or Not

You might not expect someone named Picklebongo, a moniker evoking sour dills and beatniks, to kick off a debate on at-sea etiquette. But Pickle did just that, weighing into the underwater minefield of do’s and don’ts on the Cruise Critic message boards. The only thing we can all agree on when it comes to etiquette? […]

No Jumping, No Diving, No Proofreading

Credit Cruise Critic member chef christoph for the title of this post — and for starting a thread highlighting cruise-related spelling errors and grammatical mishaps. You know … using “dinning” (cover your ears) instead of dining to describe the location of tonight’s feast or misplacing apostrophes on sun deck signage (“Dear Guest’s!”). Chef’s pic was […]

Getting to Know You: Meeting, Mingling and Mixing It Up

Azamara Club Cruises is one of Cruise Critic’s most enthusiastic partners when it comes to hosting onboard meet-and-greets for our members. But during my recent Singapore-to-Hong Kong voyage onboard Azamara Quest, the concept was taken to another level when I was asked to give a couple of enrichment lectures during the trip. I was momentarily […]

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.

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