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. [...]

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

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