Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Get “Free Money” for Your Cruise

Tip: Want to give your wallet a break? Learn how to earn “free money” on your next cruise, and enjoy specialty dining, spa treatments and more with onboard credit.

Member Review of the Week: Norwegian Star

Cruise Critic member, Devilaw, shares the highlights of his Baltic Sea voyage onboard Norwegian Star.

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Have a Stress-Free Sailaway

Tip: Your bags are packed. Travel documents are in order. What else could you be missing? While the mental checklist might come naturally to some, it’s easy for others to neglect “the obvious” when gearing up for embarkation day. One way to avoid stressing before your cruise is by arriving at your port city a […]

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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 […]

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