Sheets, washing machines and a pop up beauty salon: Our members have seen all sorts of strange things carried onboard. I’ll come clean here at the outset and declare a vested interest in the forum thread started by Cruise Critic member barbevrn. It’s about the odd things we bring, or have seen brought onboard cruise [...]
At Cruise Critic we’ve seen, read and heard pretty much everything there is to do with cruising. Then every once in a while something comes along that takes even the most seasoned cruisers by surprise. In this instance it’s the curious case of tiny mussels can bring down a big cruise ship’s cooling system. It [...]
Broadway musicals, ice skating shows and performances by world-famous names such as the Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil have become an established, and almost expected, part of cruise ship extravaganzas. Turn back the clock, however, and things were once very different, with passengers topping the bill by making a spectacle of themselves. A [...]
Dress code, tipping, smoking and chair hogs are regular topics on the Cruise Critic forums – the latter deemed as one of the worst forms of anti-social behaviour at sea. Add balcony shouting and door slamming to the mix. Enduring badly behaved neighbours on a hard-earned cruise – particularly when there’s no escape from your [...]
When I board a cruise ship, I’m not the best at filling the ‘empty time’ between embarkation and getting the green light to go to my cabin. I tend to sit around twiddling my thumbs, and it’s only after I’ve unpacked and got my stateroom shipshape that I really start to relax and enjoy my [...]
Cruise Critic member NavyCruiser raised an interesting question in our forums. He wonders why thousands of photographs are still printed out on cruise ships when the vast majority wind up in the garbage, rather than a picture frame. Although he talks specifically about Carnival Cruise Lines, the issue is pertinent to any cruise line — [...]
When I first started cruising I noticed a curious thing – whenever I took stuff to the dry-cleaners it would come back a size too small. It also seemed odd that my washing machine malfunctioned after a voyage, running hot so clothes emerged smaller. Now of course, I know better. So while it’s true cruising broadens the mind, it also can broaden the waistline.
It’s your first cruise, and you’re setting sail with all the gadgets and gizmos of our digital age – phone, camera, tablet and so forth – and then in your cabin, you find there’s nowhere to plug in all the chargers. It’s just one of the many things that you only find out when you’re onboard [...]keep looking »