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Cruise News: Let Them Eat Cake!

Eva Gularte, her sister and her mother are none too happy about their cruise aboard the Norwegian Star, according to reports in the Miami Herald and Travel Weekly. The women claim in a lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Monday that NCL failed to disclose to passengers that making reservations...

By Carol Sottili | May 1, 2008; 01:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are Cruise Ships Safe?

Federal law enforcement officials gave a report of recent crimes aboard cruise ships at a congressional hearing a few days ago and the figures are daunting. There were 207 reports of serious crimes aboard ships in the period between April 1 and Aug. 24, an FBI official told a congressional...

By Gary Lee | October 4, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (7)

For Cruisers, Denim at Dinner

This could be the news a lot of cruisers -- or would-be cruisers -- have been waiting for. Norwegian Cruise Lines' new policy says that men can wear "nice" jeans at dinner and women can wear slacks or jeans (hmmm, I guess women inherently know "nice" from not-so-nice). Kids can...

By Carol Sottili | August 15, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (38)

Cruise Report: Carnival Liberty

Just returned from a six-night Western Caribbean cruise (Freeport, Bahamas; Grand Cayman; Costa Maya, Mexico) aboard the Carnival Liberty out of Fort Lauderdale with 10 family members, ranging in age from 19 to 83. Here are a few pros, cons and lessons learned. Positives: All gather for the "hairy chest"...

By Carol Sottili | June 14, 2007; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Norfolk's Cruising

Let's start with a song (adapted by me from "The Love Boat"): "Norfolk, exciting and new, come aboard, they're expecting you. It's the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. It's the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center." Oooh. Yeah! So, why the song and dance? Well, after many months of...

By Andrea Sachs | April 4, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Drop the Water Bottle!

Carnival Cruise Lines yesterday announced that it has changed its beverage policies. Passengers are no longer allowed to take nonalcoholic beverages onboard, including water. And they will now be limited to one bottle of wine per adult upon embarkation only. The new policy also warns that ship personnel will confiscate...

By Carol Sottili | March 30, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (23)

Chardonnay Anyone?

I called Carnival recently about booking a Caribbean cruise, and the reservationist told me I could bring my own wine aboard. Wow. Those really are Fun Ships. I'd always thought carting any of your own spirits onboard ship was verboten, but she assured me that a "reasonable" amount of wine...

By Carol Sottili | January 29, 2007; 09:40 AM ET | Comments (14)


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