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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.

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.

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.

Getting Off the Ship

Worst part of cruising? Going home! We make it more bearable with this primer on debarkation, tipping and baggage handling.

Best Alternative Dining

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

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.

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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