Do You Have a … #CruiseWorldProblem?

Everyone’s got problems. Some problems are just a bit, how should we say, less significant than others (and therefore much more fun to laugh at). A couple of Cruise Critic members took to the boards with a sailing spin on a popular Internet trend. What resulted is a delightful reflection of cruisers’ most potentially pressing [...]

Sewage Overflow or Trumped Up Charge? Carnival Dream Passengers Weigh In

Cruise Critic contributor Andrea Bennett was in St. Maarten Thursday when she learned about the grounding of Carnival Dream — stuck in port after mechanical issues cut short its Caribbean cruise — from tweets and Facebook posts. Passengers are being flown home by Carnival, and the next sailing, scheduled to leave Saturday from Port Canaveral, [...]

Post-Triumph Pricing, Like Cruising, Unlikely to Drop

Millions were watching two weeks ago as Carnival Triumph limped back to Mobile, Alabama, after an engine room fire left more than 4,000 passengers and crew stranded off the Gulf of Mexico for five days. Somewhere in those millions are cruisers undeterred from sailing again, even planning their next cruises as coverage played out, and, [...]

Should a Cruise Line Tell Passengers Who Else is Sailing: Part 2

6 Simple Tips for Keeping Your Cabin Steward Friendly

Have you ever had a falling out with your cabin attendant on a cruise? It’s an unusual event, as cabin stewards usually are the smiling, front-line points of contact passengers have with crew. But anybody can have an off day. From the sounds of the discussion on the Cruise Critic forums, member Cardqb and partner [...]

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. [...]

7 Scariest Cruise Ship Added Fees

Alongside the staple at-sea fears — the demonic Caribbean sun, ocean squalls and the drunken passenger who mistakes your cabin for his — is a new at-sea terror: added fees. Cheekiness aside, we’ve rounded up seven surcharges representing the frightening new normal of cruise pricing. Are the charges optional? Sure. But that doesn’t lessen our [...]

Video: 1 Cruise Ship Collision, 2 Angles

When strong winds hit Bermuda‘s King’s Wharf on September 14, techie bystanders wasted no time in whipping out their video cameras. The foul weather caused Norwegian Star to break from its moorings and collide with Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, docked nearby. A passenger aboard Explorer of the Seas filmed as Star slowly drifted [...]

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