Just Back from Carnival Glory: A Mom Goes on A Girlfriend Cruise

A Caribbean cruise with the kids sounds fun, but sometimes you just need a break. See what you can do–and won’t have to do–on a weeklong “girlfriend cruise.”

6 Ways to Enjoy Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s Private Island

Half Moon Cay — the private island in the Bahamas that Carnival and Holland America share — looks like a movie set of a beach. The sand is pristinely white, with nary a scratchy shell or untoward piece of seaweed. The sea is warm, but not too warm, and turquoise, just like all the postcards […]

Worst Cruise Line Policies for Families

Mainstream cruise lines love to talk about how family-friendly they are, and for the most part, they’re right. What could be better for exhausted parents than a week of no cooking or cleaning, free drop-off childcare that your kids will beg you to attend, ready-made activities ’round the clock and someone else to drive to […]

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 […]

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