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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
As Cruise Critic’s resident expert on all things British, I’ve spent some time exploring the differences between UK cruising and US cruising. One of the things I noted from a recent P & O cruise is how we Brits do our utmost NOT to meet people on a cruise, whereas certain other nationalities (Americans – […]
Norwegian Jewel, the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel-class ships and dating back to 2005, is an oldie but a goody in the fleet. During the ship’s last dry dock (in May 2014), Norwegian took the time to add some popular elements from its newest ships – Breakaway and Getaway – to Norwegian Jewel.keep looking »