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"Our 1st cruise, and oh, my goodness ... kept saying 'what took us so long' to do this?!"
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Costa Cruises to Restart Cruising From September
(6:30 a.m. EDT) -- Costa Cruises will restart cruising on September 6 following negotiations with the Italian and Greek governments. The Carnival Corp.-owned line will start with one ship Costa Deliziosa on September 6, offering week-long cruises from Trieste to the Greek islands. On September 19, Costa Diadema will set sail, operating seven-day itineraries from Genoa to Malta and including stops in Italy. The sailings will be just for Italian nationals, the line confirmed. However, Costa is also extending the pause of its cruise season until September 30, 2020, except for the above-m
No COVID-19 Spread on First UnCruise Adventures Alaska Sailing, Testing Accuracy Questioned
(10:55 a.m. EDT)  -- None of the UnCruise Adventures' passengers or crew who were quarantined in Alaska after a positive COVID-19 test from a guest scrapped the cruise -- and the rest of the small ship line's season -- has tested positive for the virus, the line has reported. The containment of the virus through the line's rapid response shows that COVID-19 policies can be put in place to protect cruise passengers, UnCruise Adventures said in a statement.   "Strict planning paid off," UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Dan Blanchard said. "We were able to act quickly, but t
Live From CroisiEurope: The First River Cruise Line to Resume Sailings With a Multi-National Passenger Mix Onboard
(11:30 a.m. EDT) -- CroisiEurope is the first river cruise line to allow passengers from different nationalities to join its sailings, which resumed last month in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruise Critic is onboard the 174-passenger Cyrano de Bergerac on a five-night wine themed itinerary through the wine region of Bordeaux. With a 70 percent limit on cruisers as part of COVID-19 protocols, the 124 people are drawn from across Europe, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Monaco, the U.K. and Northern Ireland. With the majority of ocean lin
Coronavirus: Updated Cruise Ship Policies and Cancellations
(Updated 2:00 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in globally as the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread. In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic. In additon, a number of ports throughout the world and the Caribbean are barring ships from docking. The U.S. State Department has iss
Is Blount Small Ship Adventures Getting Out of the Cruise Business?
(11:47 a.m. EDT) -- There are indications that Blount may be shuttering its cruising arm, Blount Small Ship Adventures, after the line's three vessels were listed as being for sale on a popular commercial maritime website. A sponsored post on the popular gCaptain website shows the three Blount vessels -- Grande Mariner, Grande Caribe and Niagara Prince -- as being "currently for sale by owner and open for viewing by appointment at the Blou

How to Cruise

Cruise Activities You Can Re-create at Home: Shore Excursions
You've likely heard of armchair travel, but have you ever applied the concept to cruising? Ok, so maybe constructing a proper kids club will be a challenge, and mimicking a pool or hot tub in the dead of winter is a definite hurdle (does the bathtub count?). Regardless, there are a surprising amount of things you can do from the comfort of home to recreate your favourite cruise ship experiences. In our series, we'll prepare you to set sail on the S.S. Armchair. Your "at sea" agenda will be packed with cruise activities you can embark upon without leaving the house. First up, how to
9 Things You Don't Know About Your Cruise Ship Cabin
Whether you've never been on a cruise ship or have been on 50, we bet there's something surprising you don't know about your cruise ship cabin. Staterooms are a little more complicated than hotel rooms, and you can learn a few tricks of the trade to make them more user-friendly. Most people stumble upon them over time -- through self-discovery or getting tips from Cruise Critic readers on our message boards -- but we thought we'd speed up the process for you. Here are nine (som
What Is Future Cruise Credit and How Can I Use It?
Future cruise credit (FCC) is a bit like store credit from a cruise line. Many times, in lieu of a direct cash refund, a cruise line will take the price of a refunded cruise and issue it as a kind of gift certificate to be used toward booking a new sailing. When cruises are greatly affected or canceled, or if passengers are given compensation for any reason, a nonrefundable future cruise credit is a common form of payment. The amount of FCC that a cruise passenger qualifies for is calculated on the base fare that they paid, less any taxes, fees, upgrades or additional purchases lik
Fee vs. Free: What's Included in Your Cruise Fare?
Mainstream cruise lines like to tout their vacations as "all-inclusive," but with so many added fees for optional items -- massages, fruity cocktails, souvenir photos -- it's tough to determine just what's included in your fare. Even more confusing are items that are sometimes "free" (covered by your cabin rate) and sometimes for a fee, depending on where you find them or the specific activity. If you've been scratching your head, wondering whether ice cream, fruit juice and a good shvitz will cost you extra, check out our chart, which outlines some of the nuances of cruise fare inclusions.

Featured Destinations

Australia & New Zealand
Between the South Pacific and Indian Oceans, Australia is extraordinarily diverse in terms of its geography, wildlife and climate, with deserts, mountains and rainforests (not to mention those beloved Koala bears). Hardly limited to wilderness, Australia also boasts urban culture in Sydney and Melbourne. Famous as the set of the "Lord of the Rings" movies, New Zealand has unparalleled natural beauty (did we mention the Great Barrier Reef), as well as adventure sports and outstanding wine. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruis
South Pacific
Imagine the ultimate paradise; you're likely to find it in the South Pacific. Reachable from Australia and New Zealand, the South Pacific includes popular islands like Fiji, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Samoa as well as more remote stops that are diverse in culture, history, languages, geology and scenery. On a South Pacific cruise, you can enjoy relaxed beaches and some of the world's best water sports. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruise industry, it is important to note that article information might be impacted by cruise line
Europe
Your biggest difficulty planning a European cruise is narrowing down where you want to go. A Western Mediterranean itinerary usually includes stops in Barcelona and Monaco, as well as ports in Italy. Eastern Mediterranean cruises encompass eastern Italy, Croatia and Greece, and sometimes even Turkey and Israel. A Baltic Sea voyage brings you to Scandinavia and Russia; the Norwegian Fjords carry their own beauty. Don't forget about British Isles cruises, which allow you to visit castles in England, Scotland and London. For sun lovers, it's hard to beat the Canary Islands. *A message from Cr
Mediterranean
From the pristine beaches and ancient ruins of the Eastern Mediterranean to the artsy and flavorful countries of the Western Mediterranean, this region is easily one of the most diverse in the world. Revel at Spanish and Italian architecture, soak up some sun in Greece, explore antiquities in Istanbul and Malta or get a taste of the French countryside on the outskirts of Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes. Some Med itineraries dip down into northern Africa; the Canary Islands are also a popular stop for repositioning cruises. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughou
Asia
On the Pacific Ocean, coastal Asia inspires a spectrum of adjectives: ancient, futuristic, sacred, industrial, peaceful, riotous and breathtaking. A trip through East Asia usually includes port stops in the busy urban centers of China, Japan and South Korea. Southeast Asia cruises, traditionally sailing between Singapore and Hong Kong, provide opportunities for ecotourism and beach time in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. *A message from Cruise Critic: During this unprecedented time throughout the world and across the cruise industry, it is important to note that article information might be
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