Hits and Misses: Live from Carnival Sunshine

It’s safe to say Carnival Sunshine had a pretty rough start in life. This $155 million refit project — which had never been attempted on this scale — to transform an old ship into effectively a brand-new one hit some snags when it launched without all of the features ready. Well, we now know why, […]

Cruising with My Adult Daughter

Steven Saltzman cruised with his daughter Cruise Critic News Editor Dori Saltzman alone for the first time in June. His experience is below. Read about cruising with your dad — a blog from Dori’s point of view. Having spent a delightful 12-day cruise with my adult daughter — the News Editor for Cruise Critic — […]

Cruising with My Dad

Cruise Critic News Editor Dori Saltzman cruised alone with her father for the first time in June. Her experience is below. Read about cruising with your adult daughter — a blog from her father’s point of view. “My dad died when I was 14,” said Anita, one of my tablemates, after she learned I was […]

Giving Back In Port

A big blue tour bus with a capacity for some 60 people waited outside the pier for us — all five of us. We were three passengers, one crew member and one host. We were all volunteers for Crystal Cruises‘ You Care, We Care voluntourism excursion to the Feed Nova Scotia food bank in Halifax. […]

The Early Word on Royal Princess: Hits & Misses

After days of hype over Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess, culminating in an elegant and truly moving naming ceremony with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as godmother, it’s time to focus on what’s ultimately the most important thing: What’s the ship really like? As a prototype — cruise industry parlance for a new design, rather than […]

What does a Royal Godmother Mean to You?

As we count down to the christening festivities Thursday for Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess, featuring Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, we wondered: Does a royal godmother trump a celebrity? Mostly, yes. Some 54 percent of Cruise Critic members who voted in our recent poll said absolutely, the mix of royalty and cruise ships is a winning […]

We’re At Sea: Answers to Your Questions About Norwegian Breakaway

On Tuesday, Cruise Critic hosted a live chat about Norwegian Breakaway. We had a great time interacting with readers, who asked fantastic questions. In fact, some of them were so good, we didn’t know the answers. So when we got onboard Breakaway on Wednesday, we made sure to find out all we could for you. […]

Mind Your Theater Manners — Even on a Cruise

This week, I went to the theater on a cruise ship, and it was a revelation. Not just because the show (“Burn the Floor,” featured on the Norwegian Cruise Line‘s newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway) was excellent. But because it was actually like going to the theater ought to be. You want to see the show? […]

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