Bar Tab Confidential: You Spent HOW Much on Booze?

Seems Cruise Critic members sure know how to rack up a bar tab while on the high seas. Last week we asked readers on the Lido Deck and our Facebook page what’s the most they spent on cocktails (including beer and wine) while cruising. While we were surprised by how little some folks dished out [...]

11 Scariest Moments on a Cruise

Like a popular slasher film, there had to be a sequel. So we’re back in time for Halloween to haunt you once more with the most frightening cruise stories ever posted on a forum or Facebook fan page. Behold the demonic powers of the Caribbean sun, the drunk who tries to sink a ship and [...]

Who Needs Match.com When You Can Cruise?

After covering worthy if controversial topics such as boorish balcony behavior, buffet table hogs, and port shopping mishaps, we got a letter in our Sea-Mail mailbag that made us pause. “Why don’t you have a positive thread or two or three?” writes Joseph J. Coppola. “Just once.” No question, fiery subjects, to which we’ll add [...]

Why the Rush? Readers Sound Off on Late Checkout

Seems for many cruisers, ripping that Band-Aid off at the end of a cruise is the way to go. Spurred by Azamara Club Cruises‘ recent plan to test late checkout, we asked fans on our Facebook page if they’d pay to stay onboard for a few extra hours on dreaded debarkation day. We were surprised [...]

Does This Ship Look More Like a Bliss or a Getaway? The Readers Have Their Say.

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, [...]

Cruise Line Loyalty: The Proof Is in the Ink

Some people get barbed wire, butterflies or Chairman Mao. Cruise Critic Facebook friend Julie Arline Scott has adorned her ankles with Royal Caribbean‘s Crown & Anchor.

Video: North Korea’s First Cruise Ship

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.

Hurricane Irene’s Heroes and Zeros: 6 Cruise Line Crisis Responses

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 [...]

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