Hot on the Forums: Can You Bear to Leave Your Pets at Home?

As an animal lover, I’ve been on many a cruise where the dinner table conversation has turned to four-legged friends and my dining companions have pulled out photographic evidence of cute cats, delightful dogs and more exotic creatures including parrots, reptiles and chinchillas. Although I have always been happy to set sail and leave members […]

Hot on the Forums: Is Topless Sunbathing OK on a Cruise Ship?

Legendary actress Brigitte Bardot started the trend for topless sunbathing in St. Tropez in the ’60s. But what’s permissible on beaches is considered, by some, distasteful on deck. At one point, topless sunbathing was fairly common on cruise ships, and not just those in Europe. On Carnival ships, the top deck around the funnel was […]

Hot on the Forums: Is A Cruise Value for Your Money?

From the Cinderella-like disappearance of the once obligatory midnight buffet and lack of lobster to chocolate-free pillows and increased gratuities, any seasoned cruiser is likely to say that life on the ocean isn’t the value it used to be. While some complain cutbacks have gone too far, the other side of the coin is that […]

Hot on the Forums: How Does a World Cruiser Cope After the Cruise is Over?

We all know that sinking feeling when you disembark from a cruise and come back down to earth with a bump. For me, reality hits before I even get to the front door, as I start thinking about domestic chores, work, bills to pay and a waistline to shrink. So it makes me wonder how […]

Hot on the Forums: Silencing Singing Waiters

Call me a party pooper, but I dread having a birthday while I’m on a cruise. The dining room lights dim to cue the arrival of a cake with a sparkler or candles (depending which line you’re on) while waiters circle the table and erupt into a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Strangers at surrounding tables […]

Hot on the Forums: When Is It Time to Break Up With Your Cruise Line?

Yesterday I wrote a Dear John letter to the cruise line I’ve chosen for my personal vacations for the past several years. Some shocking policy changes were a last straw for me and I finally had to say enough is enough; I’m moving on. It seems that someone is always reaching a breaking point and […]

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 […]

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