Those parents among us understand Norwegian Cruise Line’s predicament: Tell people the name of the bundle of joy you’re expecting and everyone’s a critic. This phenomenon is amplified when you ask for input, as Norwegian did recently with its Project Breakaway ships set to debut in 2013 and 2014. Although cruisers sent in the possibilities, [...]
Some people get barbed wire, butterflies or Chairman Mao (Mike Tyson). Cruise Critic Facebook friend Julie Arline Scott has proudly adorned her legs with Royal Caribbean‘s Crown & Anchor logo.
Is the saying, “‘a bad cruise is always better than working’ true in this case?” asked Scott Dawkins on Cruise Critic’s Facebook page. Dawkins was asking, of course, about the recent trial voyage of the 9,700-ton Mangyongbong, a rusted former ferry transformed into North Korea’s first known cruise ship.
For a week now, we’ve watched Hurricane Irene upturn itineraries, blow off thatched roofs on private islands and put cruise line crisis control centers to the test. Along the way, readers have provided a steady surge of feedback, posting first-hand reports from choppy seas, weighing in on the debacle in San Juan and scrutinizing how [...]
It’s curtains to shower curtains. In the battle between space and shower curtains, cruisers will take a little more of one and none of the other, thank you very much. Our recent Poll Position told us that more than 50 percent of you would prefer larger bathrooms in your cabins. When we asked on our [...]
Ah, room service. Some cruisers can’t imagine not starting the day with a pot of coffee delivered to their door to enjoy on the balcony. Others, meh. We were struck by the wide disparity among readers over the importance — or lack thereof — of cruise ship room service in our recent Poll Position on [...]
One evening on my first cruise, 40-knot winds ripped across the deserted pool deck. A friend and I leaned into the gale, wearing stupid grins and billowing T-shirts. I won’t mention our IQ scores, but when we asked our 39,000 Facebook fans to share stories of rough voyages, many of you had similar sailors’ sentiments.
“Aruba, Jamaica,” the song goes. “Bermuda, Bahamas.” Yup, the Caribbean rules when it comes to favorite ports of call. We recently asked our 38,000-plus fans on Facebook what port, first visited on a cruise, calls you back again. And, boy, did they let us know.« go back