Hurricane Season on the Rhine?

When talking up the benefits of river cruising, we might mention calm waters (compared with ocean waves that can lead to seasickness) or the lack of hurricanes that will wreck your itinerary and drench you with rain. So imagine my surprise, on my first ever river cruise, a Rhine run on Scenic Cruises‘ Scenic Jewel, [...]

Hurricane Sandy Heroes and Zeros: Navigating a Dicey Situation

It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy vanished over Canada, having upturned some 50 itineraries during a 10-day, two-theater reign of terror. While cruise ships have the distinct advantage of being mobile, it was impossible for many to entirely outrun the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, a spiraling galaxy with a diameter stretching 1,100 miles. [...]

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.

It’s Hurricane Day! Win a Cruise Critic Hat and Poncho Combo

Cruising the Caribbean in the late summer/early fall — the height of Atlantic Hurricane Season — can be an interesting proposition. Ships do have a distinct benefit over hotels: they can move to avoid a storm. Still, there may be few dicier days to cruise than today.

Royal Caribbean’s Compensation Package for Storm-Shortened Cruise

With Tropical Storm Isaac barreling by Florida’s popular homeports, a number of ships have been forced to wait offshore until the massive system and its entrails blow through. This has delayed debarkations by several hours, a day or, in the case of the world’s largest cruise ship, two full days. Allure of the Seas‘ current [...]

10 Warning Signs You’re In for a Bumpy Ride

Ship captains are notoriously understated in their weather forecasting. You know what we mean if you’ve ever sailed in foul weather: “You may feel the ship moving a bit” in the captain’s daily address probably means “The waves are going to be enormous and lots of you will be seasick.” So how are you supposed [...]

Video: Carnival Pride’s Demon Hell Ride of a Halloween Cruise

“This was my 13th Carnival cruise, and I thought it was bad luck taking my 13th over Halloween,” wrote Dave… on the message boards. He was referring to the unexpected bad weather that walloped Carnival Pride in early November, forcing the ship to delay its arrival into Baltimore after a Bahamas and Florida cruise. (The [...]

Video: A Rocky Time on Freedom of the Seas

Lightning flashes, smiles turn to worried glances, waiters start wobbling all over the place: That was the scene in the main dining room onboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas earlier this month when it sailed into hurricane-force winds winds off the coast of Florida. A passenger captured the storm’s fury both inside and out [...]

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