Hurricane Season: We’re At the Peak

On its New York to Bermuda run this week I was among 4,800 passengers sailing aboard Norwegian Breakaway who got some bad news. Hurricane Cristobal, a late-developing storm that gave a lashing to the Dominican Republic and Haiti and bounced tropical showers off the Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, is headed straight for, you [...]

We’re Onboard: Q&A with George Takei

Sometimes it’s nice to let someone else take the helm. And that’s exactly what George Takei, social media icon, gay rights activist and actor most famously known for playing helmsman Sulu on the original Star Trek, is doing aboard the Queen Mary 2. Part of Cunard’s Insights speakers series, Takei will partake in several events [...]

Live From…..Queen Mary 2: First Impressions of a Transatlantic Crossing

U.K. Editor Adam Coulter is on his first transatlantic crossing with Cunard, sailing on Queen Mary 2′s 10th anniversary trip from Southampton to New York. Below are a selection of his initial impressions of the voyage and life on the ship after a few days onboard. 1. (Extra) time is a luxury. On the seven-night [...]

Helping on the High Seas: Kick Cancer Overboard

Cancer — and its treatments — can be incredibly stressful. That’s why the non-profit organization Kick Cancer Overboard raises money to send those affected by the disease on a weeklong cruise. The four-year-old charity was founded by DonnaLyn Giegerich, a cancer survivor, and her friend and business partner, travel agent Ted Friedli. Raising money through [...]

Q & A: Top Cruising Tips from Author Gary Bembridge

/> Gary Bembridge is the author of the recently published Cruise Traveler’s Handbook – the essential guide for any novice cruiser. He also has a website Tips for Travellers, where he offers tips and advice on all aspects of travel, including cruising. Our U.K. Editor Adam Coulter caught up with Gary to quiz him about his top tips for [...]

Feedback Friday: Where’s My Review?

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Every other Friday we will bring you a piece of reader feedback and our response. Have a question about cruising? Notice an error on our site? Want to just drop a comment for our consideration? Submit your own feedback by e-mailing feedback@cruisecritic.com, and maybe we’ll select your submission for [...]

WWYD: Flustered by Formalwear

I stood in the Bloomingdale’s dressing room, uneasily squinting at my reflection in the typically unflattering fluorescent light. Behind me hung a stack of long column dresses – some sequined, some chiffon, but all a far cry from my normal workaday wardrobe. Few traditions in the cruising world produce as polarizing an opinion as formal [...]

Observed Onboard: Silly Weather Complaints

I was sitting in a café on a beautiful day in Vienna back in August when a large gentleman sporting a river cruise line tour excursion sticker bellowed across the next table to anyone who would listen: “We’re never coming to Europe in summer again. It’s too hot. Vienna is too hot. And Venice smells.” [...]

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