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13 More Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise
Stop right there. From teeth-whitening to overeating, our readers dish on 13 more things not do on your first cruise.

Tips for Finding Peace and Quiet at Sea
Cruising can be a big, boisterous adventure, but just about everyone wants a little quiet time. Here's how.
5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise
No first cruise is going to be perfect. Avoid these 5 first-timer follies, and you'll be on your way to becoming a life long fan.
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 Lines That Bring Kids and Parents Together
On your next cruise, create wonderful memories with activities the whole family can do together.
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.
10 Hidden Costs of Cruising
Here are 10 things that will cost you extra onboard -- and our tips on finding discounts and savings.
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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