First Time Cruisers

Is Cruising Right For Me?

Learn what to expect on a cruise by debunking cruise myths, then decide if cruising is the right vacation for you.

How to Choose a Cruise

We've got tons of tips on how to choose the best ship or itinerary, pick a cruise that fits your budget and when to upgrade to luxury.
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How to Book a Cruise

Confused by how to book a cruise? Don't worry! We'll take you through the process step by step.

I Booked a Cruise, Now What?

Congratulations, you've booked a cruise! Now for the fun stuff: planning shore excursions, making dinner and spa reservations, and packing.

What to Expect on a Cruise

Looking for more information about how a cruise works? We answer the most common questions about cruise ship life.
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