Disney in Europe: Love It or Hate It, It’s for You

No, you didn’t misread the title. “But wait a minute,” you say. “How can the writer possibly know if Disney is for me? I don’t like kids, I’m not the biggest fan of cartoons and I think I’d throw up if I saw Mickey dressed as a Roman soldier.” As a solo traveler with no [...]

Venice vs. Cruise Ships: the Fight Goes on

Everybody loves Venice. But the question is, increasingly, does Venice love us? Locals, particularly those belonging to campaign groups that include Italia Nostra and the No Big Ships committee have long been up in arms about the close approach made by cruise ships sailing along the city’s Giudecca Canal to the cruise terminal.

Can a Silly Pin Make You Loyal to a Cruise Line?

Loyalty programs have been much discussed on the Cruise Critic boards over the past year. With Royal Caribbean having changed its loyalty program last year and Carnival just changing its program this week, there’s been lots of back and forth about the merits of various programs. For my part, I’ve never much cared about the [...]

Cruise Critic Reader Captures ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse

It’s not exactly cruise-related, but it’s still cosmically cool. Cruise Critic member shootr, whose hobbies clearly transcend at-sea travel, snapped this shot of the “ring of fire” eclipse from near Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. Queue the Johnny Cash tune and check out more of his pics here. Peruse thousands of ship and port images in [...]

Steal of the Week: Sail the Bahamas This Fall from $47 Per Night

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: Cruise.com is offering a four-night cruise aboard Norwegian Sky, sailing [...]

A Laughing Matter: Secrets of a Cruise Ship Comedian

Ah, the life of a cruise ship comedian. We got an earful a few months back when we happened to sit next to professional funnyman John Ferrentino (see his take on cruising in the video above) on a flight from Baltimore to New Orleans. We were en route to Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, [...]

The Menus on Titanic: Mmmm, Corned Ox Tongue …

Cruise food sure has changed in the 100 years since Titanic set sail on its ill-fated voyage. With the anniversary of the ship’s tragic sinking just a couple of days away, the Internet has been abuzz with details of what it was like for passengers aboard the ship prior to the tragedy. We’ve been poring [...]

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About Your Final Cruise

It started the way many other businesses do, says Abbie Strudley, spokeswoman for My Final Cruise (MFC), the first company in the ash-scattering-by-cruise-ship industry. “We said, here’s a need that’s not being filled.” The aim: Help people send off loved ones on a that final, inevitable voyage.

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