Hot on the Forums: Would You Bare All at Sea?

Relaxing and trying something new are among (many) things I love about cruising. But I was interested to discover thousands of passengers shed a lot more than their inhibitions when they step onboard. According to altogether revealing research by the American Association for Nude Recreation, around 30,000 people a year board clothing-optional cruises, available on […]

From Our Forums: The Kindness of Strangers

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seems to be going right and you’re ready to throw in the towel… and then someone you’ve never met does something kind that makes everything seem just that little bit better? For one frantic mother on a cruise with her three children on Royal Caribbean’s […]

Hot on the Forums: Should Corkage Fees Be Uncorked?

One of my little cruising rituals is to enjoy a glass of wine in my cabin when I’m getting ready for dinner, and usually it’s a tipple I have brought onboard. Most cruise lines allow you to bring a bottle or two with you, for this very purpose. Step over the threshold, however, and you’re […]

Hot on the Forums: Is it Better to Be Overdressed or Underdressed?

According to Mark Twain “clothes maketh man,” and there’s nothing like the topic of dress codes to get cruisers hot under the sartorial collar. Most times, the debate concerns passengers who shun suggested formal night attire, donning T-shirts and flip-flops instead of tuxedos and fancy shoes. Style police aside, we’ve all had moments when we’ve […]

Hot on the Forums: Ship Pin Mania

What’s the point of ship pins? Whether it’s a souvenir bought in the gift shop or received as a perk for your VIP status, the pins are certainly cute. But what do you do when you’re back on dry land? Many Cruise Critic members love ship pins and they’ve come up with plenty of imaginative […]

Hot on the Forums: Are Cruise Ship Showers Turning to a Trickle?

Clingy curtains aside — and happily they are now becoming a thing of the past — nothing beats a nice shower after a long day’s sightseeing. However, it seems high-pressured soaks aren’t what they used to be and a number of Carnival cruisers are no longer singing in the shower. They have taken to the […]

Hot on the Forums: Service Animals or Stowaway Pets?

I’m the first to admit that pets are part of the family, and it can be tough putting them into kennels or asking neighbors to administer TLC while you’re away. But if you really can’t bear to be parted from your four-legged friend, there are plenty of pet-friendly holidays and hotels out there. It seems […]

Hot on the Forums: Is It Time to Wave Goodbye to Napkin Waving?

They might be cheesy, but I’m rather fond of cruise ship traditions such as the Baked Alaska parade, waiter-led happy birthday chorus surrounding a cake topped with a sparkler and sailaway party set against a soaring song. To me, they’re harmless fun. So I was interested to read about another tradition raised, quite literally, in […]

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