5 Tips for Short Cruises: A Disney Magic Perspective

As I sailed away from Miami on Disney Magic last weekend — the first cruise since the ship had been refurbished with new features like the monster AquaDunk slide (a more thrilling version of the AquaDuck found on Dream and Fantasy) and kids’ clubs — I hit the ground running. Even though my voyage was [...]

Q and A: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas

Cruise Critic just got off a one-night preview sailing of Royal Caribbean International‘s Grandeur of the Seas, returning to service for the first time since a May 27 fire damaged the aft of the ship and sent it to dry dock for repairs. Grandeur of the Seas begins sailing full itineraries out of Baltimore on [...]

Cruising with My Adult Daughter

Steven Saltzman cruised with his daughter Cruise Critic News Editor Dori Saltzman alone for the first time in June. His experience is below. Read about cruising with your dad — a blog from Dori’s point of view. Having spent a delightful 12-day cruise with my adult daughter — the News Editor for Cruise Critic — [...]

Cruising with My Dad

Cruise Critic News Editor Dori Saltzman cruised alone with her father for the first time in June. Her experience is below. Read about cruising with your adult daughter — a blog from her father’s point of view. “My dad died when I was 14,” said Anita, one of my tablemates, after she learned I was [...]

A True IQ Test: Turning Off the Lights

Cruise ship cabin design seems to follow the rule that the newer and more luxurious the ship, the more complicated the cabin electronics. I’ve battled with silly showers and crazy curtains, nonfunctioning telephones and “smart” interactive TV systems with messages welcoming another passenger entirely. But I’ve never been defeated by the lighting system. Until now.

A Pleasant Breeze: Touring Carnival’s Newest Ship

The following piece was written by Adam Coulter, Cruise Critic U.K.‘s editor. Cruise Critic is in Miami for the biggest year’s biggest on-land shindig about at-sea travel – Cruise Shipping Miami (CSM). It’s a four-day event featuring meetings, press conferences, panel discussions, a massive tradeshow, more meetings and — perhaps most interestingly — ship visits.

Name that Ship, Win a Prize

This one goes out to you ship lovers. We were recently onboard a ship and snapped a shot of its main dining room. Do you recognize it? Name that ship in the comments below by noon, Friday, March 8. We’ll randomly select a winner from the correct responses and mail off a prize from our [...]

Don’t Forget to Washy Washy on Your Next Cruise

The president of a well-known cruise line once told me the highest paid crew member on any ship is not the ship’s captain, but instead the dessert chef. I’ve never been able to confirm that but what I can tell you is that the most popular crew member on my recent Norwegian Jewel sailing was [...]

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