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 […]

9 Ways to Get Sick on a Cruise Ship

Cruise ships get a bad rep when it comes to Norovirus. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure the stomach flu can happen wherever people are in a small area. Since health officials are only required to track illnesses on ships — not hotels or resorts – it seems TV cameras congregate only when sickness […]

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 […]

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 […]

Decreasing Your Creases: How to Get That Wrinkle-Free Look Onboard

It’s a common problem for me when I travel, and now I know I’m not alone. How do I keep myself looking presentable when I’ve stuffed a week’s worth of clothing into a small suitcase? It seems no matter whether I carefully fold, gently roll or even use a three-suit garment bag, my clothes come […]

Cruise Tips: How to Watch the World Cup at Sea

If you’re reading this on a cruise or about to embark on one and you’re worried about missing the World Cup – which kicks off tonight in Brazil – fear not, a number of cruise lines will be screening it live onboard. Passengers will be able to watch all 64 matches, which take place from tonight […]

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