Cruise Tip of the Week: Check Your Onboard Account Regularly

Tip: One of the biggest mistakes a cruiser can make is never checking his or her onboard account — where every purchase you make by swiping your key card adds up. It’s easy to spend money on extras such as alcoholic drinks, spa treatments and souvenir photos when you don’t have to carry around cash […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Cruising with Kids

Tip: Cruising with little ones? Sign them up for the youth clubs on the first day. Most ships, especially newer ones, have dedicated areas for various age groups. Kids can enjoy games, activities and more with experienced counselors — and it’s better to reserve your spot early, even though there’s no requirement to attend. Find […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Size Matters

Tip: If you’re new to cruising, chances are you’re torn on which ship to book. The “big three” (Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian) prevail on the high seas. But if large, crowded pool decks and endless activities don’t sound like your cup of tea, you might need to seek a line of smaller ships. On […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Independent Shore Excursions

Tip: Off-roading in Aruba? Whale watching in Juneau? Cruise lines offer guided tours in each port of call — which, depending on the tour, average between $50 and $175. While it’s easy to book with the cruise line, you potentially can save a lot of money by going with an independent tour company. Research and […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Tipping on a Cruise

Tip: Tipping is always a hot topic when it comes to cruising. Do you know how to tip, when to tip, how much to tip and whom to tip? Both new and experienced cruisers can show their appreciation for crewmembers without making it awkward. While each cruise line has its own tipping policy, we also […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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