August 2015 Desktop Calendar

Get your August 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! Summer vacation may come to an end this month, but that doesn’t mean your cruising dreams do. Enjoy this photo of a cruise ship in the sunset as you plan the rest of your 2015 cruises. Here’s how to put this photo on your computer, tablet or cell phone: […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Prepare Your Home Before a Long Cruise

Tip: Getting ready for a long cruise can be stressful; you might need to run errands to fulfill your packing checklist, catch up on work emails or find a pet sitter. But you’ll always have to prepare your home. If you plan to be away for at least a few weeks, you should start preparing […]

Member Review of the Week: Norwegian Getaway

Cruise Ship: Norwegian Getaway Itinerary: Eastern Caribbean Member: jeria Background: Curious what a luxury small-ship cruiser thought about the 4,028-passenger Norwegian Getaway? Cruise Critic member jeria and her husband, both active 50- and 60-somethings who favor Windstar, couldn’t pass up a deal to experience something new. Between the variety of dining and evening entertainment, the […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Visit the Spa on a Port Day

Tip: Cruise ship spas charge more than what you’d pay at a typical day spa. And while any massage you get on vacation is a splurge, there are ways to save. If your muscles are aching for hot stones and lavender oils, book a spa treatment on a port day. When it’s slow, spas often […]

Member Review of the Week: Regent Seven Seas Mariner

Cruise Ship: Regent Seven Seas Mariner Itinerary: Western Mediterranean Member: halobill Background: Between premium steaks and refreshing cocktails by the pool, halobill felt wined and dined on his second Regent sailing thanks to a solo traveler deal he couldn’t pass up. The ship — which made its way from Venice to Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, France […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Choose Your Cabin Wisely

Tip: When booking a cruise, you’re able to select where you want to stay from a map of all the cabins. But how do you know which one to choose? For starters, it’s good to know which cabins to avoid. For example: You might be set on an inside cabin, but make sure it’s midship […]

Member Review of the Week: Celebrity Reflection

Cruise Ship: Celebrity Reflection Itinerary: Eastern Mediterranean Member: LA_Girl Background: One night at a little boutique hotel in Rome was the perfect start to LA_Girl’s 11-night cruise through Italy, Greece and Turkey. She and her other half stayed in an Aqua Class cabin, enjoying perks like exclusive access to her favorite restaurant, while gravitating toward […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Get a Cheap Cruise Using Social Media

Tip: Social media savvy? Twitter is like a shopping mall for cruise deals. Just about every agent and agency tweets its best offers. A few accounts to follow are Cruisedeals.com (@cruisedeals), Cruise.com (@cruisecom) and Best Travel Deals (@cruisedealsbtd). Cruise lines have jumped on the trend as well, so be sure to follow the ones that […]

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