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 […]

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 […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Pack More, Spend Less

Tip: There are tons of ways to stretch your spending money on a cruise, and one of them is BYOB: bringing your own beverages. Many lines ban passengers from bringing their own wine, beer and hard alcohol — or end up charging a corkage fee — but soft drinks, juices, bottled water and iced tea […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: How to Get a Cabin Upgrade

Tip: Getting a free or low-cost cabin upgrade isn’t impossible — you just need a strategy. One way to up your chances is by booking a guarantee cabin. With a guarantee, the cruise line is essentially choosing your cabin. You’re assured space in the category you requested, but won’t know the exact cabin until a […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Safe Packing

Tip: The carry-on bag you bring for embarkation day is more than just a place to keep your documents. Pack everything you’d need to hold you off until dinner: A swimsuit, change of clothes, any medications, etc. If your luggage gets lost by the airline or is delayed being delivered to your cabin, at least […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Wash, Wash and Wash Some More!

Tip: We can’t stress it enough: Washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to avoid getting sick on a cruise. Hand sanitizer alone doesn’t cut it! (The CDC says it shouldn’t be used as an alternative to washing your hands.) Take time — probably more than you would at home — […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Savor the Flavor with Any Diet

Dietary restrictions? No problem, use our expert cruise tips to navigate on board dining.

8 Ways to Get the Most from Your Pre- or Post-Cruise

Many of the world’s major cities are cruise embarkation ports, ideal places to explore before or after a sailing. After all, if you’re already spending the money to fly there, doesn’t it make sense to extend your stay for a few days? If you’re like me, however, you’ve got a finite number of vacation days […]

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