Poll Position: Online Bookings

When it comes to booking, you have a ton of flexibility: book in person, over the phone or online with a travel agent, through your cruise line of choice or via a third-party vendor like Expedia or Travelocity. With online commerce gaining more traction than ever, we wondered just how many cruisers make their travel […]

Poll Position: Snagging a Great Cruise Price

According to the groundhog, spring is quickly approaching, and if you’re like me, warmer weather inevitably gets you thinking about where you might want to plan your next sailing. Whether you’re on a tight budget or plan to book the most high-end luxury cabin, I’m willing to bet that getting a good deal would put […]

Poll Position: The Law of the Lido

With lots of maritime practices being called into question of late, it’s clear onboard rules and regulations are necessary. Some, however, need to be tightened, and others could stand to be loosened a bit. We decided to ask our readers which one of four popular “laws of the lido” they’d most like to see amended. […]

Poll Position: Will You Still Cruise?

A few weeks ago, when Carnival Triumph had engine troubles that left more than 4,000 passengers adrift at sea with little power, we posed a question to our readers about whether the incident would hamper their love of cruising. The response was an overwhelming “no way!” Now, following a week in which Carnival Dream, Carnival […]

Poll Position: Triumph or Tragedy? Has Carnival Done Enough?

Last week, Cruise Critic headquarters was consumed by the news that Carnival Triumph had experienced a fire, leaving more than 4,000 passengers without power, hot food and working toilets. We monitored the saga closely as the ship was aided by sister vessels and eventually towed to Mobile. Now that everyone is safely ashore and officials […]

Would You Think Twice About Cruising?

“Just wondering…. given all the dire reports from the Carnival ship this week, is it putting anyone off of cruising?” asks Cruise Critic boards member, startwin. Some version of this question echoes in many minds, from both industry and consumer bases, after any disaster: Would you get back in a car, plane, train, or in […]

Poll Position: ‘Big Game’ Homeports

Hype was everywhere during the past week as the 49ers geared up to take on the Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII. Even if you’re not the biggest football fan, you may still be able to appreciate a good commercial or two … or a valid excuse to eat enough to feed a small army. As […]

Line to Compensate Cruisers After Detouring to Save Shipwrecked Sailor

The following post first appeared on Conde Nast Traveler’s The Daily Traveler blog. Should cruise passengers be compensated when their voyage goes off-course because of a search-and-rescue mission? That’s the question we’re pondering today, in response to the dramatic rescue effort of Orion Expeditions‘ officers and crew when they went to a lot of trouble […]

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