7 Rules to Help Keep Kids Safe Onboard

Today’s mega-ships have been likened to floating cities, and like any city, a certain level of criminal activity will occur from time to time. We don’t mean to scare you. Many people never have a problem, but we’ve all read the news reports about theft, fights and sexual assaults that occur onboard. Most adult travelers [...]

The 6 Stages of Eating During a Cruise

Day one — Resolution: “I’ll avoid greasy, bacon- and sausage-laden breakfasts, I’ll only have salad for lunch and I’ll go to the gym every day.” Sign up for exercise classes. Sometime around day two or three -– Denial: “I’m too tired/hungover/sunburnt. I’ll take a day off from the gym today. I’m on a vacation and [...]

Take THAT, Deck Chair Hogs

We’ve covered the topic of deck chair hogs quite a bit. They came in second in our poll about the worst onboard evildoers, and there are countless threads on the Cruise Critic message boards lamenting their very existence. But, really, what’s being done about it?

The Golden Rule

When 36 passengers from Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas were injured when the bus they were on crashed while on a shore excursion on St. Marten, questions about Royal Caribbean’s responsibility were raised. As we reported in our follow-up, there’s some disagreement about the incident, which Royal Caribbean dismissed as a “traffic accident” while [...]

Ladies, Better Not to Make This Mistake in Venice

Which would you rather do? Sit back and relax as a gondolier slowly poles your gondola through Venice’s canals or wait in a Venetian police station for two hours while the officer in charge writes you up? Well, that depends on how much you want a very-real-looking-but-totally-fake designer handbag. One lady on Carnival Breeze apparently [...]

Rising to Royalty: An Update on American Queen

While the beloved American Queen’s return in April was heralded by many, for passengers on the initial sailings, things weren’t quite up to snuff. Stories of poor service, untrained crew, mediocre food and a boat that just wasn’t ready for passengers flowed faster than the mighty Mississippi. Even the American Queen Steamboat Company’s president Christopher [...]

In a Rush? This Passport Mistake Could Cost You

One oft-forgotten rule of international travel is that many countries won’t allow you to enter if your passport’s expiration date is less than six months away. It certainly was a rule that I forgot about until I was reminded by a cruise line that my European voyage next month would be null and void if [...]

Would You Book This ‘Bad Balcony,’ Take 2?

Seeing a Cruise Critic editor’s “bad balcony” put reader Sandee in a sharing mood. She recently cruised in one of Celebrity Silhouette’s 130 AquaClass cabins (1549), which means she had access to the Persian Garden, a DIY spa compound featuring rooms that mimic a bug-free rainforest and sand- and camel-free dessert, and Blu, an exclusive [...]

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