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 […]

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 […]

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