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 […]

Member Review of the Week: Eurodam

Cruise Ship: Holland America’s Eurodam Itinerary: Baltic Sea Member: Aerun Background: Despite Holland America’s relaxed vibe, Aerun and her hubby’s recent Eurodam cruise was positively exhausting. The two spent 12 days exploring ports along the Baltic Sea — from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm, Sweden — and even wished they had more time in port. On […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Tipping on a Cruise

Tip: Tipping is always a hot topic when it comes to cruising. Do you know how to tip, when to tip, how much to tip and whom to tip? Both new and experienced cruisers can show their appreciation for crewmembers without making it awkward. While each cruise line has its own tipping policy, we also […]

Member Review of the Week: Crystal Symphony

Cruise Ship: Crystal Symphony Itinerary: Transatlantic Member: May B Background: After a taste of the luxe life with Azamara and Oceania, May B’s expectations were high for her first Crystal cruise. She and Mr. B’s nine-night transatlantic cruise included six days at sea. And despite concerns about how to stay busy, they quickly fell in […]

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