What Not to Pack for a Cruise: An Updated List of Things You Should Not Bring Onboard

We don’t know why, but Carnival’s FAQ on “Are there restrictions on what we can bring aboard?” tends to spark either controversy or hilarity. Five years ago, an attempt to ban high-wattage hair dryers had female cruisers up in arms. A more recent perusal of the list shows that the Beards at Carnival, as the […]

Celebrity Cruises Creates “Take Care of YourSelfie” Spa Treatments

Has your face taken on a greenish glow from texting in bed before you go to sleep? Are your nails chipped and broken from too much texting — or worse, is your cell phone permanently glued to your hand? Do you walk around hunched over like an orangutan because you sit at a computer all […]

5 Cruise Booking Mistakes to Avoid

Thinking about booking a cruise this year? Don’t screw it up. Joking aside, booking a cruise is one of the more complicated vacation purchase transactions you can make. Picking a hotel or choosing a rental car is a much simpler process, simply because there are fewer criteria to consider. With a cruise, you have a […]

A Spa Novice Asks, What’s a Thermal Suite?

I like a nice massage or facial, same as anyone, but I’m by no means a spa devotee; I see no reason to pay, hundreds of dollars to be slathered in goo, wrapped in tinfoil or pounded on the back like a piece of USDA grade beef in an onboard steakhouse. So when Disney Cruise […]

We Dare You! 8 Things to Do On Your Next Cruise

How many times have you been tempted to do something silly on a cruise, but held back because you felt a teeny bit embarrassed? How often have you kept your mouth shut when you overheard a fellow passenger being rude? Are you a slave to propriety, even in the middle of the Caribbean? When you’re […]

Top 5 Reasons to Love a Halloween Cruise

Cruise lines love a good holiday. They rave about Thanksgiving (get someone else to cook and clean!), plan a mean party on New Year’s (balloon drops and Champagne toasts!) and go to town on Christmas (Gingerbread houses! Visits from Santa! Carolers in the atrium!). But Halloween doesn’t get as much press. Which is sad. I’ve […]

We Try It: Late Flight after Debarkation? Get A Room!

On my last cruise, the ship forced us to get off by 9:15 a.m. but our flight wasn’t until 5:30 p.m. What are a travel editor, her baby, her parents, multiple bags and a stroller supposed to do for a day at Orlando Airport? Easy. We booked a day room. Some hotels, particularly those at […]

Just Back From…Disney Dream: Hits and Misses

If you’re going to cruise with your parents and your 6-month-old, or any other family group combination, Disney Dream is an excellent choice. The unconventional cruise line knows how to cater to vacationers of all ages, and that means activities with general appeal, as well as adult-only and kid-focused programming and spaces. Just off a […]

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