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Have you booked your cruise out of Miami and need a hotel? Or do you just want a quick luxury getaway in South Beach? We’ve partnered with Oyster.com – the Hotel Tell-All review site with a million+ comprehensive hotel photos and in-depth reviews – to offer you and a guest a chance to win a […]

Member Review of the Week: Holland America’s Veendam

Cruise Ship: HAL’s Veendam Itinerary: Bermuda Member: mygoalie35 Background: It didn’t take long for mygoalie35 to feel relaxed on her Holland America cruise to Bermuda — even with kids in tow. The ship’s laidback vibe and overnights in port allowed her, her husband, 19 year-old son and four year-old grandson to sail at their own […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Save While You Sip

Tip: Every cruiser has his or own tricks for saving money — whether it’s vowing not to spend extra on specialty restaurants or purchasing a beverage package. But there are quite a few “secrets” to stretching your budget that the cruise lines don’t advertise. If beverage packages aren’t your thing, consider this: Beer-drinkers: Ordering a […]

Member Review of the Week: Azamara Journey

Cruise Ship: Azamara Journey Itinerary: Western Mediterranean Member: Arling2nGal Background: After 10 cruises, Arling2nGal and her hubby’s second taste of Azamara was enough for her to dub themselves loyal fans. Between the amazing service, breakfast on their balcony and independent shore tours on their recent Azamara Journey cruise, the two were inspired to book another […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Up Your Main Dining Room Experience

Tip: Why pay for a specialty restaurant when the main dining room is included in your fare? That’s how many cruisers feel when deciding how to use their spending money onboard. If you’d rather splurge on shore excursions or the spa, that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself at dinner. Don’t be afraid to make […]

Member Review of the Week: Last-Minute Cruise of a Lifetime

Cruise Ship: Pride of America Itinerary: Hawaii Member: wegian2933 Background: Wegian2933 couldn’t have envisioned a more perfect cruise vacation, booked only weeks before departure. Between the wonderful service, new friends, fun Hawaii-themed activities and cozy penthouse suite, the ship felt more like a home that was hard to leave behind. ­Read on to see what […]

June 2015 Desktop Wallpaper: Alaska Season is Underway

Get your June 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! The Alaska cruise ship season is underway, with thousands heading north to get their fix of fjords, glaciers, whales and other wildlife. We hope this picture of a cruise ship in Glacier Bay has you dreaming of your next 49er foray. Here’s how to put this photo on […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Set the Mood

Tip: Dinner for two in a cozy specialty restaurant, chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your cabin, walking along the top deck on a starry night… Cruises make the perfect romantic getaways. One way to set the mood is a little less obvious. If you’re venturing off with your significant other, pack some battery-operated tea lights. These […]

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