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 […]

Hot on the Forums: Would You ask a Butler to Unpack your Clothes?

For most of us any day-to-day experience of butlers is what we’ve watched on TV – Jeeves, Mr Carson from “Downton Abbey”, Mr Hudson in “Upstairs, Downstairs” and Lady Penelope’s Parker (“You rang, m’lady?”). However, these days butlers aren’t just confined to stately homes, and you’re just as likely to encounter a butler on an […]

Hot on the Forums: What’s Proper Gym Etiquette?

Walking into a gym for the first time can be an intimidating experience. All those complicated machines, the confusing array of Swiss balls, kettle bells and free weights, to say nothing of the lithe gym bunnies clad in figure-hugging Lycra and the ripped (and often grunting) weightlifters. If that wasn’t enough to worry about, it […]

Hot on the Forums: Would You Jump Ship if Your Favorite Ship Bar Closed?

You only have to look at the message boards to see that cruisers are a pretty loyal bunch. Many Cruise Critic members set sail with one line year in, year out; some sticking to a particular ship and others even booking the same cabin. So it’s no wonder that Celebrity Cruises decision to close its […]

Hot on the Forums: Do you Need Clean Sheets Every Day on a Cruise?

One of the many joys of cruising is taking time out for an afternoon nap, being rocked to sleep with the motion of the ocean and waking up somewhere new. And although I’ve never gone down the route of breakfast in bed (too many crumbs for my liking), I know that for many it’s a […]

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