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.” [...]

Destination Spotlight: What’s Coming to Costa Maya, Mexico

Call it the Comeback Kid: Built out of nothing and decimated by storms, the Mexican port of Costa Maya continues to not only survive, but thrive – and has ambitious plans for future growth. Located near the former fishing village of Majahual (also spelled Mahahual), Costa Maya receives regular year-round calls from Carnival Cruise Lines [...]

Q&A with QM2 designer: Your chance to quiz Stephen Payne

We are excited and honored that one of the world’s foremost naval engineers – Stephen Payne, OBE (Order of the British Empire)– will be joining us for a Q&A session on the Cruise Critic Forums. Mr. Payne, amongst many other achievements, is the designer of the world’s only transatlantic liner, Cunard Line‘s Queen Mary 2.

Live from….Queen Mary 2: Sea Day Satisfaction

Cruise Critic’s Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown is taking a transatlantic voyage this week on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. This is her second dispatch from the high seas. Read the first one and stay tuned for more installments. So far, every day onboard Queen Mary 2 I’ve felt just a little bit lighter than the [...]

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