Has Cruising Pushed You Out of Your Comfort Zone?

On her cruise through Indonesia last month with Compagnie du Ponant, Cruise Critic Editor-in-Chief Carolyn Spencer Brown found herself within spitting distance of a Komodo dragon (not that you’d ever lob anything toward these prehistoric, deadly creatures). It made us wonder: Has cruising ever pushed you out of your comfort zone? We posted the question [...]

WWYD: Flustered by Formalwear

I stood in the Bloomingdale’s dressing room, uneasily squinting at my reflection in the typically unflattering fluorescent light. Behind me hung a stack of long column dresses – some sequined, some chiffon, but all a far cry from my normal workaday wardrobe. Few traditions in the cruising world produce as polarizing an opinion as formal [...]

What Would You Do? Beating Shyness, as a Solo Cruiser

On a recent cruise with a shipload of honeymooners and couples (and a few families, like mine), I observed a rather grumpy old French man in the cabin next to mine. I thought nothing of his situation as we exchanged nods in the corridor. But then I saw him eating dinner alone one night, in [...]

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