Regal Princess Floats Out with a Little Help from Cruise Critic

In the world of cruising, new ships are launched with much pomp and circumstance. The ceremony you’re likely to read about, and even more likely to remember, is the christening, or naming. That’s the moment when a ship, all gussied up for a gala night of celebration and the onset (traditionally) of its maiden voyage, [...]

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 [...]

What do you remember about Costa Concordia?

It’s hard to believe that Sunday marks the first anniversary of the tragic capsizing of Costa Concordia, an event in which 32 people died and scores were injured. In the ensuing year, we have learned the ship’s captain might face manslaughter charges and Costa Concordia, which still lies on its side and is part of [...]

Should We Be Worried About Dirty Cruise Ships?

Should we be worried about dirty cruise ships? When the news got out September 24 that a cruise ship belonging to the venerable fleet of Holland America Line flunked a vessel sanitation inspection, much hand wringing ensued. Did this inspection by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean that the cruise industry, which has [...]

At-Sea Flexible Dining: Take It Away

Freedom dining, my time dining, your time dining, personal choice dining — call it what you will. Most of the big cruise lines introduced this alternative to first or second sitting because passengers said they wanted more flexibility. People wanted to feel they had a choice of when they’d have dinner, just as those on [...]

Six Months After: Where Has Costa Concordia Taken Us?

This July day, which eerily enough is also Friday the 13th, marks six months — we hesitate to use the word anniversary, which typically is a more joyful occasion — since Costa Concordia capsized off Italy’s island of Giglio. If anyone really thought that the tragedy would have receded in our minds after a half [...]

Bathrobes in the Buffet: Too Casual?

Every now and then a wildfire develops on the Cruise Critic boards, usually by someone asking a simple question or throwing out a divisive opinion. So, a while back, it wasn’t all that surprising to see a raging debate over the matter of bathrobes in the buffet, or at the pool, or in the casino. [...]

Cruising in the Danger Zone: Is It Worth It?

Is Mexico’s west coast, otherwise dubbed the Mexican Riviera, unsafe for cruise travelers? Even before last week’s news that passengers on a Carnival Splendor-organized shore excursion in Puerto Vallarta were held up at gunpoint by masked assailants, the region’s battled with perceptions that some of its ports of call are unsafe for tourists to visit. [...]

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