Hot on the Forums: Will the Queen of England Add Godmother to Her Titles?

The newest ship to hit the UK might have its most famous resident as a Godmother – HM Queen Elizabeth II. At least that’s the speculation on the Cruise Critic message boards, where fans of P&O Cruises are awaiting the March launch of the Carnival Corp. line’s largest and newest ship, Britannia. On this thread, […]

Hot on the Forums: The puzzle of Cruise Ship Jigsaw Etiquette

On a recent cold and snowy river cruise, I was tempted to pick up a jigsaw puzzle from the library to while away the afternoon. The moment passed when the only one available featured an unremarkable photo of an unknown (to me) European royal family. I also wondered if the lounge staff would clear away […]

Hot on the Forums: Overhyped or Underrated?

You’ve read about, heard about it and anticipated it with great excitement – now you’ve finally got it in your hand and you’re positively underwhelmed. Be it Carnival’s famed WCMC (warm melting chocolate cake) or other glorified grub, entertainment, facilities or a port of call, what some cruisers shout about from the rooftops, others could […]

Hot on the Forums: Memories of Transatlantic Crossings

Since Cunard’s Britannia first set sail across ‘the pond’ in 1840, transatlantic crossings have conjured up glamorous images of a bygone era and the golden age of cruising. And today, for those with time and money to spare, the thought of seven days at sea is much more appealing than spending the same amount of […]

Hot on the Forums: Do You Take Steps to Avoid the Elevator?

I was interested to see that a piece on elevator etiquette was up there with other hot topics on Cruise Critic’s annual review of the most popular stories and blogs of 2014. On one of my first cruises, I quickly realized that taking the elevator from point A to point B was not exactly smooth […]

Hot on the Forums: Do You Go Nuts for Bar Snacks

Any bartender worth their salt knows free sodium-filled snacks make customers thirsty and want to drink more – or simply draw them in, in the first place. Many of our forum members think drinks and salty nibbles go hand in hand, and are perturbed when they can’t find them. One of them is jdcml, who […]

Hot on the Forums: To Bare or Not to Bare?

To bare or not to bare? Dressing in your bathrobe to and from the pool is a quandary that has sparked much debate on our forums, but just what is the correct etiquette? This debate began when member PreferWarmWeather wrote, “What’s the consensus of wearing the RCCL robes to and from the pool area? Personally […]

Hot on the Forums: Cruisers Handle Clingy Shower Curtains

When I check into a cabin, it doesn’t take long to work out whether I will be singing in the shower or having a touch of the washday blues. My main complaints are wafer-thin soaps that instantly break in half, stingy containers combining body wash and shampoo (which invariably leave your hair as dry as […]

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