A Military Family Sets Sail on Carnival

Quality family time takes on an entirely different meaning when one part of the family is an active member of the Army, twice deployed to the Middle East. For Staff Sergeant Kevin Johnson, his wife Ashley, and their daughters, 4-year-old Natalee and 1-year-old Michaela, getting away from the San Antonio army base and enjoying the day […]

Observed Onboard: Cruise Ships “Chill Out” with Snow and Ice

Baby, it’s cold outside, and if you’re looking toward a little cruise vacation to warm things up, you might want to think again. One of the cruise industry’s latest onboard trends is a frosty fixation on all things snow and ice. From classic skating rinks to ice bar hot spots, and arctic-inspired spa oases to […]

Observed Onboard: UFOs at Sea?

Scanning the night sky from your balcony is one of the more romantic perks of being out on the high seas. Unless, of course, you see a UFO. That’s what happened to Cruise Critic member Bettyandmartin on an Emerald Princess cruise earlier this month. While admiring the stars off the Yucatan Peninsula, she and her […]

Observed Onboard: Drones on the Loose

If you thought a selfie stick was this year’s must-have toy for cruisers, think again. There I was, meditating on top of a temple in Bagan, Myanmar, on a sunset excursion from my recent Irrawaddy river cruise. Hundreds of people had gathered and the atmosphere was peaceful and contemplative. Suddenly, the air filled with a […]

Observed Onboard: Wedding Photo Shoots Gone Mad

The first time the four brides showed up for the cruise ship tender in their wedding finest, we were entranced. Our group, onboard Louis Olympia (redubbed Celestyal Olympia just this week) for a four-night sailing around the Greek Isles, called out "congrats" to the beaming couples as we prepared to disembark for Mykonos. "They aren’t […]

Observed Onboard: Welcome Parties…Do They Make a Difference?

You’re waited on from the moment you step onboard — smiling crewmembers, swirling trays of brightly colored drinks, luggage delivery, the front desk already working to sort out accounts. So should this shipwide welcome extend to each time you step back on the gangway? I think yes. Please share this post!

11 Silly Signs Spotted While Sailing

I have a thing for signs, and I’ve seen my fair share of interesting, funny and just plain strange ones during my cruise travels. Below are a few examples, indicating what’s permissible to flush down the toilet, what not to do with a motorcycle and what will become of you if you’re caught smoking. Please […]

Hold that Door! The 6 Rules of Cruise Ship Elevator Etiquette

It seems that common courtesy has been declining since the Love Boat days of cruising — and nowhere is the death of chivalry and benevolence more apparent than cruise ship elevators. Naturally, people are more impatient in today’s faster paced society. We get that stopping on every floor might prevent you from reaching the buffet before […]

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