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?
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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
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?
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 [...]
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 [...]« go back — keep looking »