Does Carnival Have Its Eye on Mobile Again?

The Cruise Critic boards are abuzz over hearsay that Carnival Cruise Lines is considering a return to its longtime Mobile, Alabama, homeport, which it abandoned suddenly last year. The rumors surfaced after local Mobile TV stations and Cruise Critic members began reporting they’d received surveys about their interest level in sailing out of the Gulf […]

Baby Onboard: Cruise Ship Inspires Mom-to-Be

We’ve heard of cruise-themed parties, Christmas trees and senior proms, but Cruise Critic member 444cruiser has taken the nautical theme to an extreme with her Disney Dream-inspired baby nursery. She raided Jo-Ann Fabrics, cyber-stalked photographers and repainted furnishings to make a land-locked room feel like a cruise ship. Clever touches include “porthole” mirrors and a […]

And Now a Word From Our Forums: Meet Host Randy

Our community leaders — or hosts, as we call them — are the more active users of our cruise community and are often passionate about the area for which they volunteer their time. Our hosts contribute to various discussions and keep discussions running smoothly. Our volunteers are drawn from a wide circle of daily life. […]

What Gets You Weird Looks on a Cruise Ship?

What crazy things do you do on vacation that earn you stares from other cruise passengers? What bizarre antics cause you to stop and gawk at your shipmates? That’s what Cruise Critic member mpwarder asked on our message boards a few years back — and the answers are as funny today as when they were […]

The Critters: Cruisers Who Hit All the Right Notes

Those International Critters … they never miss a birthday. The Critters, a benevolent group of Cruise Critic members who first came together during the inaugural journey of Oasis of the Seas, gathered anew on the December 4 voyage of Allure of the Seas and marked the behemoth’s first year in service. (The 225,282-ton ship launched […]

Goodbye, Nation of Why Not … Hello, Shellphone

So Royal Caribbean International announced today that it will be shelving its “Nation of Why Not” ad campaign in favor of the new “The Sea Is Calling, Answer It Royally” tout, which launched on the line’s Web site and Facebook page today. But that’s only part of what got our attention: We’re sort of smitten […]

What a Star: Food That Looks So Good You May Drool on Your Keyboard

Perhaps it’s the seemingly limitless options or maybe it’s just the sea air, but folks have a tendency to try new things while cruising, particularly when it comes to food. Whether the urge strikes during the planning stages or once you step onboard, it’s nice to know where to look for ideas on what to […]

Forum Fire: Kids in the Concierge Lounge? Readers Won’t Drink to That

A perk certain Royal Caribbean passengers love: Every evening from 5 to 8:30 p.m., top-level suite guests and the most loyal RCI-ers enjoy a complimentary open bar in the concierge lounge. The kid-free concierge lounge. The invite list has just expanded, and the specter of a slew of new attendees has many loungers crying into […]

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