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Cruise Line Alcohol Policies

What's the drinking age onboard? Can I bring a wine or liquor onto the ship? Here are the cruise line's rules about booze.

Best Alternative Dining

If you're willing to pay extra, you can dine at more intimate and upscale eateries onboard. Here are our favorites.

Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Tipping

Right up there with saving deck chairs, one of the most controversial cruise topics is tipping. Learn what to expect on any given ship in our comprehensive guide.

Cruise Line Smoking Policies

Some cruise lines are stricter than others when it comes to where you can smoke onboard. Here are the rules, line by line.
What's Cooking in Onboard Cuisine?
From onboard tandoor ovens to cooking classes in Slovenia, here's what's new in cruise cuisine.

Cruise Line Dress Codes

Tuxedo or shorts at dinner? Each cruise line has its own dress code. Find out what's appropriate to wear onboard.
A Guide to Cruise Tipping
An expert cruiser shares his knowledge of the complicated world of cruise ship tipping.
Connecting at Sea
From Wi-Fi to cell service and CNN, it's easier than ever to stay connected to the outside world on a cruise.

Getting Off the Ship

Worst part of cruising? Going home! We make it more bearable with this primer on debarkation, tipping and baggage handling.
How to Talk Like a Sailor
Speak Cruise like a native. Here are the nautical terms and ship lingo you need for a first cruise.

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