After Concordia: Is Chivalry Dead?

If you had been on Costa Concordia when the ship capsized, I asked my friend Moustafa, an Egyptian-born U.S. citizen and a devoted family man, which escape strategy would you prefer: all families together or women and children first?

After Concordia: Is Cruising Safe?

In light of the capsizing of Costa Concordia over the weekend – a disastrous event in which 12 people died, more than a dozen are still missing and its captain is under house arrest on manslaughter charges — it’s not an unfair question to ask: Is cruising safe? It certainly wasn’t for passengers and crew [...]

Is This Cruising’s Toughest Packing Challenge?

No matter how often you travel, packing is a tough challenge, even for a seven-night Caribbean cruise. In a recent discussion on our Facebook page about packing for long-haul, more exotic cruises, Ted Ferragut’s posting resonated. “We are off for a 39 day cruise and really want to pack light. But it’s very hard to [...]

The Decline of Cruise Ship Elevator Etiquette?

“I have always wondered how common courtesy goes out the window when it comes to elevator etiquette,” begins a missive to the Sea-Mail inbox from Ria Maratheftis. “If I am waiting for an elevator & a few people come along & press the button, then why do they think they should be the first ones [...]

Chew on This: Is Cruise Food Getting Worse?

After Charlie Palmer parted ways with Seabourn recently, I wondered: So what? Does it make a difference? Then we looked around at the other celeb chef/cruise line partnerships out there (Jacques Pepin and Oceania, etc.) and asked readers which one they could live without. The result: a collective shrug (the most popular response was to [...]

All-You-Can-Drink Packages: Cheers or Jeers?

A few years ago, when Celebrity Cruises came out with a rather revolutionary “all you can drink” package for cocktails, wine and beer, I was a bit skeptical. Is it smart (or responsible) to give cruise passengers, many of whom already indulge excessively, a limitless scenario? Would such packages result in unnecessary binging?

13 More Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise

When we recently posted our suggestions on Five Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise, we were assuming our well-traveled readers would chime in — and you did, in a big way. From which cabins not to book to which spa treatments to avoid, we’ve culled through your tips and picked out more than [...]

Oh, Snap! The Problem With Camera Hogs

Pity the poor person stuck behind a camera hog. You know the type: They’re the passengers who dominate the best views in port and block traffic at the coolest attractions so they can nab the “perfect photo” — while you wait and wait and wait. I asked on the Cruise Critic Facebook page if this [...]

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