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 […]

Cruise Tip of the Week: Snagging a Cheap Last Minute Getaway

Tip: Book within 60 to 90 days before departure. This is most cruise lines’ last call for passengers to cancel existing reservations without penalty. If a lot of spaces open up, you most likely will see major price drops as they try to sell out the ship. Full Article: Read eight more tips about getting […]

10 Tips for Surviving a Family Spring Break Cruise

Although I’ve taken well over a dozen cruises with my kids, we usually opt to avoid sailing during the family-free-for-all known as Spring Break. With ships booked to capacity and fares at top dollar, like most veteran cruisers, I avoid it like norovirus. But this year we decided to embrace the madness and booked April […]

5 Fun Spots for a Cruise Ship Selfie

It’s in the dictionary now – so chances are, you or someone you love has taken a “selfie” in the past year or so. And what better place to turn your camera phone on yourself than sea? Whether you love Instagram, Twitter or old-fashioned Facebook, document these cruisey moments on your next sailing to impress […]

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