Hot on the Forums: Door Decorating, Tasteful or Tacky?

Navigating the way back to your cabin can sometimes be tricky; particularly when coupled with the cruise ship curiosity that make numbers blurred late in the evening (often combined with a sense of direction going out of the porthole). I have always resorted to asking a steward or crew member the way, but with a [...]

Hot on the Forums: Formal Fashion Dos – and Don’ts

There’s a fine line on dress-up night at sea between the right to individual expression and a wardrobe disaster the wearer’s friends or partner should really have helped prevent. But should we really judge what other people wear? Well, we’re only human (and secretly, not always very nice) and we do judge, as some of [...]

Hot on the Forums: Creating Crazy Combos at the Buffet

Burger pizza anyone? As someone who makes Marmite and squashed banana sandwiches (go on, I dare you) and recently tried a slice of peanut butter and jelly pizza (surprisingly good), it’s fair to say I have a few odd food faves. But when faced with an expansive ship’s buffet I find it hard enough to [...]

Hot on the Forums: Up in Smoke

This week Carnival announced that as of October 9, it will ban smoking on its balconies, joining most other mainstream cruise lines. Just Norwegian and Holland America allow balcony smoking now, and in the UK, Saga and Fred. Olsen (which doesn’t have many balconies anyway). The first reaction for many cruisers is probably ‘Good!’ Even [...]

Hot on the Forums: Frugal? Or Stingy?

You’ve seen them onboard: The sneaky people who sidle up to the photographers’ gallery, locate their own mugshot and take a cheeky snap on their iPhone. Tightwads? Or just travelers who feel that cruise lines deserve as good as they get when it comes to money-making opportunities? The difference between being frugal and being downright [...]

Hot on the Forums: Stupid Passenger Tricks

A new trend in cruise passenger behavior has come to light recently: Doing Really Stupid Things. A week ago, the website posted a picture of a man sitting on his balcony railing onboard Norwegian Getaway as the ship left St Maarten. Now, a woman has been photographed on Carnival Legend, climbing over her balcony [...]

Hot on the Forums: How Do You Handle a Cruise Bore?

I had only just sat down and introduced myself to my new dining companions when a foghorn voice boomed from the far end of the table: “So is this your first cruise?” Before I could open my mouth, the questioner drew breath and launched into a monologue about every cruise he’d been on. With only fleeting [...]

Hot on the Forums: Would You Pay for Breakfast Onboard?

Would you pay for breakfast on a cruise? There’s no cause for panic just yet, but Cruise Critic member LMaxwell has posted an intriguing idea on the forums: the possibility of cruise lines charging for a decent breakfast. The theory, this member claims, is that breakfasts on ships are ‘weak’ – “More of the frozen [...]

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