Member review of the week: Top class…again

“If you haven’t been with Regent before and are thinking about it – DO IT!” says our reviewer, Retiredwaster, on his cruise to Dubai.

“Efficient”and “catering to individual wishes” were some of the things that made his cruise absolutely top class on Regent’s Seven Seas Voyager

Read on to find out more.


21 Signs you’re a cruise addict

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Anyone can say they’re addicted to cruising. It’s easy to get hooked after one week of basking in the sun and fresh salty air, hopping around exotic lands without a worry in the world. But it takes a special set of credentials to actually bear the label.

Cruise addicts are fully aware – and accepting – of their condition. We’re not talking about the guy with the Royal Caribbean tattoo or the family with a Carnival funnel on their minivan (you’re welcome for that idea). Most cruise addicts like to keep a low profile.

To determine how much of a cruise addict you really are, we’ve made a list of 21 obvious warning signs. How many apply to you?

1. You basically work to fund your next cruise

2. Your smartphone and/or computer wallpaper is a cruise ship or destination

Read on for the full list of symptoms


Hot on the forums: Why do you cruise?

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To seasoned seafarers it seems pretty obvious; and it doesn’t take long for first time cruisers to catch on. But I’m constantly surprised by the number of landlubber friends and acquaintances who ask me why I love cruising – often followed up with a quizzical: “But what do you do all day?”

From now on I’m going to point them in the direction of the thread started by Cruise Critic member funtime238 who simply asks: “Why do you cruise?

Already running to five pages, it’s a great reminder of everything we personally love about cruising (in my case packing and unpacking only once, seeing a variety of places in a short space of time and the thrill of being at sea), coupled with reasons that might not have entered our radar.

Join in on the conversation, and tell us why you cruise.


Observed onboard: Drones on the loose

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If you thought a selfie stick was this year’s must-have toy for cruisers, think again.

There I was, meditating on top of a temple in Bagan, Myanmar, on a sunset excursion from my recent Irrawaddy river cruise. Hundreds of people had gathered and the atmosphere was peaceful and contemplative.

Suddenly, the air filled with a horrible, high-pitched whine. I practically toppled off the ledge I was perched on as a camera drone zoomed in too close for comfort, screaming around the temple and buzzing the crowd. Instead of photographing the sunset and thinking Buddhist thoughts, everybody started doing Mexican waves at the device, which hovered in front of us like an enormous wasp. The peace was shattered.


Feeling disturbed? Read on for more about drones.


Member review: A Canary Islands Christmas with Cunard

It’s always tricky having your birthday around Christmas, but Cunard made sure freddie63‘s wife was made to feel special – with cards, balloons and a massive Peking duck!

Freddie63 and his wife boarded Queen Victoria in Southampton for a Canary Islands’ Christmas cruise just as the band started to play Christmas tunes.

Boarding was quick and efficient, they were immediately upgraded to a Queens Suite – and it just got better after that.
Read on to find out more.


Win tickets to the 7th CRUISE Show at London’s Olympia!

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Gearing up for its seventh year, The London CRUISE Show will be held at London’s Olympia from 14–15 February, 2015 – and we have tickets to win!

The show is designed to help both new and experienced cruisers to gain inspiration and valuable information to plan their dream cruise. We have 5 pairs of free tickets to giveaway to the show. Simply send your name and address to: tickets@cruisecritic.co.uk by Monday 26th January 2015 for a chance to win*.

Unfortunately, not everyone can be a winner, so the great news is that members can still guarantee a place at the show thanks to a special offer of 2 free* tickets (worth £20) when booked in advance. Simply quote ‘CRUISECRITIC’ when booking online at www.cruisingshow.com or when calling 0871 620 4024. (**Booking fee of £2.50 applies. Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

This year, the show introduces new features and attractions, and visitors can also save thousands of pounds with exclusive show-only offers and upgrades, gain up-to-date insider tips and advice from the leading cruise experts, attend informative FREE talks, discover different ship styles and incredible destinations, and find out what’s new for 2016!

Cruise Critic will also be there on stand, E36. We’d love to meet you, so please come and say hello to us and to fellow Cruise Critic members!

Hope to see you there!

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* The small print: Winners will be selected at random from all entries received and notified by email. Contest open to UK residents over 18 years of age. No cash substitution or substitution of prize permitted. Prize does not include any other cost or fee associated with prize receipt.

** (Please note, all offers are subject to change, and terms & conditions apply).


Video: Cruising through YouTube

We all know that YouTube can be a rabbit hole: Once you fall in, it’s hard to climb out. For cruise lovers, there are thousands of videos you could watch, everything from pier runners to flash mobs to wild crew parties. (And if you can resist those related videos, I’d like to shake your hand.)

Grab some popcorn, and have a peek at what’s below. (Warning: Some of it may be graphic or contain offensive language.)

Dancing Behind People on a Cruise Ship

One random cruise passenger decides to have some fun by dancing behind people, unbeknownst to them. In this video, by MediocreFilms, his gleeful behavior and ability to act calm and collected at the flip of a switch will leave you with an infectious case of the giggles.

When Two Disney Ships Meet

It’s always fun when cruise ships meet and engage in a friendly horn battle, but Disney ships take it to a whole new level. Check out the antics of Disney Magic and Disney Wonder in Port Canaveral, posted by dcartwr.

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Can’t sing, won’t cruise: Would a karaoke-free ship be a deal breaker?

In between the occasional moan, we all like singing the praises of cruising. After all, that’s the main reason we migrate to Cruise Critic in the first place. But how would you feel if you really couldn’t sing?

That’s the predicament facing Underboss101, who wants to book a cruise on Celebrity Summit in a year’s time. His wife is a keen karaoke fan and if she can’t get behind a microphone then his plans are going to be scuppered.

He hoped fellow members could provide some suitable inspiration when he started a thread and said: “In doing some research I saw that some stated that they didn’t have any Karaoke on the ship. I need to find out because if not it’s a no-go for the wife, and I really want to go on this cruise.”

Will they or won’t they? Click here for more on the karaoke saga.


Want more on shore? Ask Azamara!


We’re delighted that Azamara Club Cruises‘ UK boss, Richard Twynam, will be joining us a week today (Thursday, January 15) on Cruise Critic Live!

Twynam, who took over as Azamara’s UK managing director just over a year ago, will be answering any Azamara-related questions you may have, with a particular emphasis on what Azamara is famous for – unique, one of a kind experiences.

We caught up with Richard ahead of the chat to quiz him about his first year in the job – and what’s in store for 2015.

Read on to find out what Richard has to say.


Member review of the week: Freedom to Dine

P&O Cruises’ decision to introduce ‘Freedom Dining’ – the ability to turn up to any of the ships’ main dining rooms at anytime during their opening hours and ask for a table for two – has gone down very well with Cruise Critic member DennisJames.

The new feature, which has been rolled out across the fleet and which he experienced onboard Oriana, has in fact “converted us back to cruise holidays”.

Read on to find out more.