Cruise Tip of the Week: Check Your Onboard Account Regularly

Tip: One of the biggest mistakes a cruiser can make is never checking his or her onboard account — where every purchase you make by swiping your key card adds up. It’s easy to spend money on extras such as alcoholic drinks, spa treatments and souvenir photos when you don’t have to carry around cash […]

Member Review of the Week: Celebrity Xpedition

Cruise Ship: Celebrity Xpedition Itinerary: Galapagos Islands Member: alldog49 Background: A welcome bottle of Champagne and two complimentary massages were the perfect start to alldog49 and his wife’s Galapagos adventure. The couple — 66 and 70 years old and both Elite-status members — planned to test their limits in port and recharge on the ship. […]

September 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper: Cruising the Danube River Gorge

Get your September 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! So many places in the world can be accessed through cruising, including some countries that you might not consider as a typical vacation. Case in point? The Danube River, between Serbia and Romania. River ships here float by some stunning scenery, including the Danube River Gorge pictured here […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Cruising with Kids

Tip: Cruising with little ones? Sign them up for the youth clubs on the first day. Most ships, especially newer ones, have dedicated areas for various age groups. Kids can enjoy games, activities and more with experienced counselors — and it’s better to reserve your spot early, even though there’s no requirement to attend. Find […]

Member Review of the Week: Island Princess

Cruise Ship: Island Princess Itinerary: Mediterranean Member: 4hends Background: After two cruises on newer Princess ships, 4hends’ third time was a charm. It all started with an upgrade from a mini-suite to a suite, only six weeks before disembarkation. With a large ensuite hot tub, spacious balcony and more unexpected perks, he and his wife […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Size Matters

Tip: If you’re new to cruising, chances are you’re torn on which ship to book. The “big three” (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian) prevail on the high seas. But if large, crowded pool decks and endless activities don’t sound like your cup of tea, you might need to seek a line of smaller ships. On […]

Member Review of the Week: Disney Fantasy

Cruise Ship: Disney Fantasy Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: cruisefamilyforever Background: Cruising always has been a family experience for cruisefamilyforever. And after accruing some sea days with popular family-friendly lines Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Disney, he decided to give Disney another go. Everything about Disney Fantasy blew him away — even the public restrooms. But how […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Independent Shore Excursions

Tip: Off-roading in Aruba? Whale watching in Juneau? Cruise lines offer guided tours in each port of call — which, depending on the tour, average between $50 and $175. While it’s easy to book with the cruise line, you potentially can save a lot of money by going with an independent tour company. Research and […]

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