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 […]

Live from….Queen Mary 2: Will a Transatlantic Cruise be Boring?

Cruise Critic’s Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown is taking a transatlantic voyage this week on the Queen Mary 2. Stay tuned for installments of her trip. When a plane can zip over the vast Atlantic in 6 ½ hours (or slightly more, or less, depending on where you’re headed) why on earth would you choose a method that takes […]

Steal of the Week: 7-Night Alaska Cruise from $499 + Bonus

Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags. THE DEAL: American Discount Cruises and Travel is offering a seven-night Alaska […]

Q and A: Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas

Cruise Critic just got off a one-night preview sailing of Royal Caribbean International‘s Grandeur of the Seas, returning to service for the first time since a May 27 fire damaged the aft of the ship and sent it to dry dock for repairs. Grandeur of the Seas begins sailing full itineraries out of Baltimore on […]

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