Poll Position: Cruise Line Private Islands

If you’ve been to a cruise line’s private island, you know it’s a far cry from your typical Caribbean port (and even those less visited)…. There are no cobblestone streets reminiscent of Old San Juan, planes soaring over beaches as you’d see in St. Maarten or resorts and chain restaurants dotting the coastline. Instead, passengers […]

Poll Position: Design your own Cruise Ship Space

From bumper cars to theme bars, many new features set to launch on next year’s new builds — and even refurbs — have many cruisers  waiting like a kid on Christmas Eve. But what if you had your say in the design? With all the hype surrounding ships like Norwegian Getaway and Royal Caribbean’s Quantum […]

Poll Position: Short Cruises — A Boost or Bust?

In a perfect world, money or vacation days wouldn’t be an issue, and we’d never wallow in uncertainty about when our next cruise was taking place. But there is a cure for the lag time that could satisfy that inevitable itch to get away… short cruises. These two-, three-, four- and five-night itineraries are a […]

Poll Position: When it’s Okay to be a Snob

We all have that thing that we plan our cruises around, that X factor that we place on a pedestal above all else. For some, it’s not settling for any cabin, other than the exact one you fell in love with on your last cruise. For others, that steak you order needs to be above reproach […]

Poll Position: What’s Your Guilty Pleasure?

Sleeping in, cheesy romantic movies, late-night snacks… we all have those occasional indulgences that we might not admit. Guilty pleasures are a normal part of life – and the temptations seem to rise as we adapt to cruising’s more carefree, spontaneous lifestyle. On our member forums, we noticed that enjoying days with absolutely nothing planned […]

Poll Position: Finding the Red Zone at Sea

Liberating yourself from day-to-day routines — like responding to emails around the clock or trying to stick out that month-long detox cleanse — comes as second nature while cruising. But there are some things we just can’t quit. With football season in full swing, most gridiron-loving cruisers are content with an occasional beer in the […]

Smoking on Cruise Ships: The Great Debate

Just as we’ve watched tolerance of smoking in public areas, such as restaurants, parks and the workplace, diminish over time, we’re seeing a similar trend hit the high seas. There’s no denying it: Cruise lines are cracking down, too. What began as smoking bans in cabins and public areas is expanding to include cabin balconies […]

Holiday Cruising: The Ins & Outs

With summer coming to an end, it’s only a matter of time before holiday decorations start flashing in our faces. Every year, we succumb to the same routine of Black Friday sales and shoveling snow. But once in a while, it’s okay to break tradition. Holiday cruising is a growing trend. So we were curious […]

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