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 [...]

Five Questions to Five Cruise Execs — See How They Compare

I love when magazines ask the same five to 10 questions of actors and musicians. It’s interesting to see how people in the same industry can have different – or similar – answers when asked the same question. So when I found myself with a group of five cruise line executives, I thought it would [...]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Growing a Lawn at Sea

Celebrity Cruises’ five Solstice-class ships, the latest of which, Celebrity Reflection, is on its inaugural voyage, are famous in cruising circles for their distinctive half-acres of living lawn on the top deck. The lawns are venues for bocce, croquet, afternoon jazz or simply for lying on a blanket with a book.

Which Disney Consumer Are You?

Are you a fan, traveler, saver or one of three other classifications Disney gives its customers? Ed Fouche, senior vice president of travel industry sales for the Americas at Disney Destinations broke down the six categories of Disney customers at the national conference of cruise-selling travel franchise company CruiseOne and its sister organization Cruises Inc. [...]

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