The Longform Guide to Cruises
Compiled by Elon Green.
Editor's note: No compendium of cruise stories would be complete without David Foster Wallace’s account of his week on the MV Zenith. Alas, "Shipping Out" is not available online as text, but the pdf is here.
Gravy Boat: My Week on the High Seas With Paula Deen and Friends
A seven-day cruise with the controversial “downtrodden millionaire.”
Lost at Sea
An investigation into the disappearance of a 24-year-old British cruise ship activity director from the Disney Wonder opens the strange and insular world of cruise employees, who vanish mysteriously at alarming rates.
After losing a presidential election, 600 National Review subscribers hit the Caribbean.
Another Night to Remember
The sinking of the Costa Concordia.
Scripting on the Lido Deck
On board the Perl Whirl 2000, a conference of hard-coding geeks on a luxury cruise ship.
A Sea Story
The Estonia was carrying 989 passengers when it sank in 30-foot seas on its way across the Baltic in September 1994. More than 850 perish.
All Aboard the SS Kid Rock
Two thousand rednecks on the Chillin’ the Most Cruise.