Who Needs Match.com When You Can Cruise?

After covering worthy if controversial topics such as boorish balcony behavior, buffet table hogs, and port shopping mishaps, we got a letter in our Sea-Mail mailbag that made us pause. “Why don’t you have a positive thread or two or three?” writes Joseph J. Coppola. “Just once.” No question, fiery subjects, to which we’ll add […]

Kids in Hot Tubs, Part 2: Five Lessons Learned

Kids in hot tubs — from diapered infants to rambunctious teens — are a hot-button topic. Our recent Lido Deck posting on the subject made our readers simmer, with more than 300 comments in the Lido Deck and dozens more on our Facebook page. Though the rhetoric ran both pro and con, it heavily tilted […]

Credit Cards on Cruise Ships: Don’t Leave Home Without Reading These Horror Stories

Nothing can rob you of don’t-worry-be-happy vacation bliss quicker than a credit card mishap that holds your cash flow hostage. If your response to a recent posting on the Cruise Critic Facebook page– in which we asked readers if they’ve ever had a credit card problem while cruising — is any indication, there are a […]

Kids in Hot Tubs: Are You Steaming Mad?

One of the hazards of eating lunch at your desk is opening stomach-curdling e-mails like this one: “I am a long-time cruiser,” writes Ilene Karp, “with over 40+ years of cruising and, until recently, kids in hot tubs were not an issue. It has, however, become way out of control. I have seen parents put […]

10 Years After: Memories of Cruising on 9/11

On every anniversary of the tragedies that occured on September 11, 2001, like many of you I reflect on the victims, heroes and villains of that awful day. But I also relive one of the strangest cruises I have ever taken. On September 8, I boarded Holland America‘s Amsterdam, sailing from New York to Montreal. […]

For You? Free. Priceless Tips for Avoiding Port Shopping Rip-Offs

In a recent Sea-Mail, “Is Shopping in Port a Rip-off?” it was pretty clear from the mountain of responses we got that many of us are mostly on the same page: Shopping is great fun on a cruise. What we also agree on, for the most part, is that the you-scratch-my-back programs in which retailers […]

Hurricane Irene’s Heroes and Zeros: 6 Cruise Line Crisis Responses

For a week now, we’ve watched Hurricane Irene upturn itineraries, blow off thatched roofs on private islands and put cruise line crisis control centers to the test. Along the way, readers have provided a steady surge of feedback, posting first-hand reports from choppy seas, weighing in on the debacle in San Juan and scrutinizing how […]

Bad Weather Blunder: A Lesson in Cruise Crisis Control?

We get it: With Hurricane Irene fast approaching San Juan on Sunday, port officials weren’t taking any chances. At midday, they ordered Royal Caribbean and Carnival ships to depart several hours early — even though not all their passengers had arrived.

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