Dispatch from Greece: Recession in the Background

The caravan of cruise line coaches, chartered by Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea, snaked its way up the Greek mountains to the famed monasteries of Meteora. Here, certainly, tourism seemed as healthy as ever. Penny Gripeou, a licensed guide who drove five hours from Athens to Volos to lead our tour with Azamara, nodded. “The […]

Q and A with Kate McCue, the Cruise Industry’s First American Female Captain

Celebrity Cruises broke down boundaries this week by naming Kate McCue the new captain of Celebrity Summit. At 37, McCue is the first American female to captain a mega-cruise ship and will take the helm of Summit in August. We asked her a few questions about her favorite sailing destination, the ships that she’s worked […]

Pioneering Cruise Historian Dies

When Andrew Haze, Cruise Critic’s newest editorial staffer and a not-yet-a-cruiser joined our team last year, he asked for a reading list that would help him learn more about the industry. I put John Maxtone-Graham’s; The Only Way to Cross, a book that celebrates the ocean liners that crossed the sea well before the Fun […]

A Parent’s Hopes for fathom

As a dad with three teen and tween boys, I’m always looking for a little something more when my family travels, a special experience that goes beyond the normal vacation. And I’m not alone — a lot of parents look for opportunities to expose their children to local culture, to see something unique in a […]

Q & A: All About fathom, the First Voluntourism Cruise Line

The launch of a new cruise line is exciting news, and Carnival Corporation’s new fathom, the first cruise brand dedicated to voluntourism, is no exception. The new cruise line will offer sailings weekly out of Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic onboard Adonia, a 710-passenger ship Carnival Corp. is transferring from fathom’s U.K. […]

Cruise Shipping Miami: A Glimpse of What’s to Come

Cruise Shipping Miami is the world’s biggest gathering of who’s who in the cruise industry. Held every year in March, the three-day event brings together cruise line executives, media, speakers, port representatives, ship builders and retailers to talk about pretty much every aspect of cruising. A highlight is the event floor, held in the massive […]

Cruise Critic Members React to Tunis Attack

When world events impact the cruise industry, Cruise Critic members turn to our forums to share stories, provide first-hand accounts and connect with others who are as passionate about cruising as they are. Here’s what our members have been saying about the tragic situation in Tunisia: From Miller3000 whose parents are onboard MSC Splendida: MSC […]

A Eulogy for SkyMall

SkyMall — the catalog of quirky, useless and overpriced items for purchase at 35,000 feet — declared bankruptcy and halted its print publication on Jan. 16. Below, I pay tribute to my best source of humorous blog fodder. Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of an old friend. A stalwart travel companion […]

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