Molokai Cocktail: On This Tiny Island, We Got the Friendliest Unfriendly Greeting Ever

(Update: On December 20, American Safari Cruises announced that the island’s residents had come to an agreement with local groups and that visits to Molokai would resume in late January 2012.) All I wanted to do was visit laid-back little Molokai, that off-the-grid Hawaiian island that’s well off most visitors’ radars. But instead of leis [...]

Turkeys at Sea: 13 of the Worst Ideas in Cruising

Banning women from bring hair dryers onboard? Charging passengers to offset spiking fuel prices — after they’d already slapped down a deposit? It seemed like a good idea at the time. As our thoughts turn to roasted tom turkey, football and in-laws, we wonder: In all of cruise travel, which ideas will go down as [...]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: New Orleans’ Embarkation Better, but Far From Ideal

Voyager of the Seas‘ second-ever embarkation in New Orleans on Saturday was a healthy improvement over last week’s debacle, which many seasoned cruisers called their worst departure ever. But the Royal Caribbean ship still left 1.5 hours behind schedule.

Live From Voyager of the Seas: A Brazen Cut

On Wednesday afternoon, I did the gutsiest thing a woman can do on a cruise ship: I got my hair cut. Like Cruise Critic member argenta01, who wrote on the message boards, “I wouldn’t trust a hair cut to a stranger,” I wasn’t keen on the idea. But the Western Caribbean humidity was making me [...]

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 [...]

Live From Voyager of the Seas: A Big but Not Easy Embarkation

Broadway shows run through dress rehearsals. New restaurants have “soft launches.” These run-throughs allow organizers to work out any kinks before their doors open to the public. What a bummer that the Port of New Orleans didn’t have the same luxury before Saturday’s departure of Royal Caribbean 137,308-ton, 3,114-passenger Voyager of the Seas.

Poll Position: Operation Alcohol

Since most big-ship cruise lines continue to raise alcohol prices and officially ban passengers from bringing their own beer and liquor onboard, many cruisers have taken to smuggling it — in their luggage, in their clothing … in, well, pretty much anything you can think of. Some of the secrets we’ve come across have been [...]

Ouch. Was This One of the Worst Cruises Ever?

We hate to read about bad cruises as much as the next person, but sometimes it’s hard to stop reading about them. At least that’s the grim picture Cruise Critic member Jasonusf paints in his mesmerizing portrait of his experience on Costa Romantica, one of our Reviews of the Week. Among the litany of problems [...]

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