The Trouble With Group Cruising — And What You Can Do About It

Thank goodness for morning trivia. At 10 a.m. each day on my last cruise, six out of nine people in my group gathered in Norwegian Gem‘s Magnum’s Champagne Bar, ostensibly to tackle the morning trivia session. What inevitably followed was a 10-minute powwow covering who was going to be where and when, and how we [...]

Cruise from Rome to Venice: That’s Amore

First-time Celebrity cruiser account4fun “LOVED” her Rome to Venice sailing aboard Celebrity Silhouette. It certainly didn’t hurt that she and three adult family members toured Rome for three and a half days prior to boarding the ship — they had a wonderful time and it put them in the right mood to cruise. But was [...]

A or F: Does Carnival Triumph Make the Grade?

Sometimes you just want a quick getaway, good company, yummy food, a couple of laughs and strong Margaritas. Cruiser TexasGail understands that itch and found her recent sailing scratched it just fine. Despite earning only a C+ for food, her Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival Triumph left her and her husband chuckling about toasters and [...]

3 Cool Apps for Exploring Port on Your Own

Scenic Tours, which offers nearly all-inclusive Europe river cruises, recently announced it will be rolling out GPS-led port tours in various locations. That means it could be significantly easier for passengers to sightsee independently at their own pace — without getting lost or spending money on private tours. We think it’s a novel concept, and [...]

Is One Really the Loneliest Number on a Cruise?

We’ve done a lot of solo sailing, but for some folks we understand: It can be a daunting proposition. That’s why we’re impressed by reviewer of the week furrygirl‘s willingness to throw caution to the wind — off her booked balcony cabin for two — when her sister bailed on their cruise to Alaska. Despite [...]

10 Packing Tips From Real Cruisers

During packing week, we all learned a thing or two about what not to pack, paid homage to the wonder of duct tape and picked up a few new packing tips. Now it’s your turn to share your best advice, from strategies to avoid overpacking to the most important items to stow in your suitcase. [...]

8 Reasons to Pack Duct Tape on Your Next Cruise

Duct tape. It’s the powerful, sticky, loyal best friend that should be part of any savvy cruiser’s packing list. Airline destroy your bag? Duct tape can help. Stubborn shower or window curtains won’t stay closed? Force them to adhere to your rules. Bring the whole roll or reduce the bulk by wrapping some tape around [...]

Coming Next Week: Become a Perfect Packer

It’s the night before your cruise, and what are you doing? You should be dreaming of exotic ports and blissful onboard massages. Instead, you might be staying up well past midnight, struggling with how to squeeze everything from swimwear to formalwear into a suitcase that doesn’t exceed airline weight limits and not leave anything essential [...]

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