You Tell Us: 5 Refreshing Ways to Cool Off on a Cruise Ship

With summer officially here, the heat is on, particularly in the Caribbean where humidity can get overwhelming in July and August. So we asked our faithful Cruise Critic Facebook fans what onboard treats brought their temperatures back down to acceptable levels. Soft-serve ice cream. Who doesn’t enjoy a cone or cup of this summer-time favorite, […]

Slideshow: Have You Been Naughty or Nice on Your Cruise?

The Cruise Critic editors are making a list and checking it twice; we want to find out who’s been naughty or nice on their cruise vacations. We all love to complain about our least favorite shipmates — the chair hogs, the queue jumpers, the arrogant types who give the crew a hard time — but […]

Hitting the Pre-Sail Sales: Readers Talk Back

What do Cruise Critic members like almost as much as sailing? Shopping – especially during the post-Thanksgiving Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. We asked our Facebook friends what items they picked up to use on their trips. Here are a few of their answers. And if you’re looking for more ideas, check out our […]

Giving Thanks, Cruise Edition

It’s that time of year where we stop, take a breath and think about how lucky we’ve been this year. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a sense of humor. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our Facebook readers what they were most thankful for when they were cruising. Got your own take […]

You Know You’re A Cruise Ship Newbie When….

With experience comes wisdom – and that holds true on cruise ships too. We’ve fallen guilty to newbie moves, such as assuming that welcome cocktail is free (it’s not!) or misunderstanding the ship’s departure time and doing the river equivalent of a pier run  (that one was my dad’s fault, I swear). On a recent […]

Would You Think Twice About Cruising?

“Just wondering…. given all the dire reports from the Carnival ship this week, is it putting anyone off of cruising?” asks Cruise Critic boards member, startwin. Some version of this question echoes in many minds, from both industry and consumer bases, after any disaster: Would you get back in a car, plane, train, or in […]

What do you remember about Costa Concordia?

It’s hard to believe that Sunday marks the first anniversary of the tragic capsizing of Costa Concordia, an event in which 32 people died and scores were injured. In the ensuing year, we have learned the ship’s captain might face manslaughter charges and Costa Concordia, which still lies on its side and is part of […]

A Christmas Tradition Started at Sea

Most cruisers — well, travelers in general, really — love their souvenirs. Who doesn’t want a reminder of the places they’ve visited, the memories they’ve made while sailing to far-flung destinations? When Gina Barrett (Cruise Critic member Cruisin Around from Pittsburgh) went on her first cruise on Celebrity Galaxy in 2004, she wasn’t interested in […]

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