Poll Position: Could Theme Cruising be your Style?

Soaking up the sun, umbrella drink in hand … this conjures up the image of a postcard-perfect cruise. But if you could sail to the sounds of your favorite musician or throughout your country of heritage, sampling authentic dishes along the way, would you be interested in spicing up your routine with a theme cruise? [...]

Onboard and On the Boards: CC Members Sound Off on Grandeur Fire

Back on U.S. soil, Cruise Critic members who were passengers onboard the May 24 sailing of Royal Caribbean‘s Grandeur of the Seas took to the message boards to praise, place blame and recount their experiences of the ship fire. At 7:12 a.m. May 27,2013, less than three hours after the fire was extinguished, member Dharma517 [...]

Cruise Ship Assault Raises Questions About Criminal Reporting Procedures

The sexual assault of an 11-year old Brazilian girl last August aboard Disney Dream has ignited a firestorm over how and when cruise lines report such incidents and what should happen to the perpetrators, even when victims or their guardians decline to press charges. The incident, which occurred August 2012, involved a dining room waiter [...]

Never Should Have Left Belize

Hours of chaos at the Port of Galveston and big disappointments in Cozumel and Honduras had antiochsteveo already planning his next trip to Belize, while cruising Royal Caribbean International‘s Mariner of the Seas. A nearly three-hour boarding time put a damper on the mood, but that was quickly overturned by good food and new friends. [...]

Snorkeling Through the Southern Caribbean

Snorkel aficionado slabeaume adored her port-intensive 10th cruise, which offered tours of luscious islands and bubbly reefs. Watching sunrises and sunsets over ports including St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Dominica and Half Moon Cay, slabeaume and her husband reveled in their days in port and at sea, onboard Holland America’s Noordam. From the beaches of Martinique, [...]

Royal Caribbean’s Got a Big Secret

Perhaps a Royal Caribbean veteran has encouraged you to attend, vaguely describing it as a lot of fun. “Just go,” your smiling friend says, without providing details. “You won’t regret it.” Maybe you’re intrigued when you see it listed on the daily Cruise Compass, somewhere between “Art Auction” and “Karaoke.” “The Quest Adult Gameshow.” Or [...]

Videos From Hurricane Sandy: A Bumpy Ride Onboard Disney Fantasy

Passengers and crew onboard Disney Fantasy endured 30- to 50-foot waves over the course of 12 hours as the ship made its way to Port Canaveral through Hurricane Sandy. Below are two videos shot during a bumpy ride onboard Disney Fantasy on October 26-27.

Cruiser Captures Carnival Destiny Rescue at Sea

As Cruise Critic reported last week, a Carnival Destiny passenger jumped overboard October 21 into waters off the Florida coast. While rescue is rare when it comes to man-overboard incidents, Destiny’s crew coordinated an effort that led to the 29-year-old woman being brought back onboard alive, where she received treatment before being left in Key [...]

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