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Get the most out of your vacation with our expert cruise advice. We'll give you tips on what to pack for your trip, how to save money on a cruise, when to cruise, which cabin to choose and what to do onboard your cruise ship and in port. Plus, learn how to solve cruise problems and stay safe during your travels.
Articles: 10 Best Money-Saving Tips for Australian Cruisers 10 Cruise Alcohol Hacks for Better Drinking on the Cheap 10 Cruise Mistakes You're Still Making 10 Cruise Ports You Can Visit Over and Over 10 Etiquette Tips for Sharing a Cruise Ship Cabin 10 Hidden Costs of Cruising and How to Fight Back 10 Must-Pack Items for New Cruisers 10 Reasons to Cruise Across the Ditch With Princess Cruises’ Overland Tours 10 Reasons to Love a Holland America Line Alaska Land and Sea Cruise 10 Reasons Why Celebrity Reflection is the Cruise Ship for You 10 Signs You Should Upgrade Your Cruise Cabin 10 Signs You've Done a Terrible Job Packing for Your Cruise 10 Things Not to Do on a Cruise Ship Balcony 10 Things Not to Do on a Cruise Shore Excursion 10 Things Not to Do on a Sea Day 10 Things Not to Do on Repositioning Cruises 10 Things to Do the Week Before You Cruise 10 Things to Know About Maiden Voyages and Inaugural Sailings on Brand-New Cruise Ships 10 Tips for Cruising With a Dietary Restriction -- and Eating Well 10 Tips for Cruising With Teens 10 Tips for Planning a Kid-Friendly Day in Port 10 Tips for Shipboard Stargazing on a Cruise 10 Tips for Stretching Your Cruise Dollars Onboard 10 Travel Hacks That Will Make Getting to Your Cruise Ship a Breeze 10 Ways to Beat Post-Cruise Depression 10 Ways to Cruise When You're Totally Broke 10 Ways to Relax on a Port-Intensive Cruise 11 Best (and Worst) Cruise Souvenirs 11 Best Ports for Overnight Cruise Stops 11 Signs You Should Not Buy a Cruise Beverage Package 11 Ways to Make Your Cruise Ship Cabin Feel Bigger 11 Ways to Make Your Dream Cruise a Reality 12 Rules of Drinking on a Cruise Ship 12 Secret Cruise Ports That Keep You Away From the Crowds 12 Super Splurges on Cruise Ships 12 Surefire Ways to Have a Miserable Cruise 12 Things Not to Do in Your Cruise Room 12 Things You Don't Need to Take on a Cruise 12 Tips for Packing for a Long Cruise 13 More Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise 14 Clever Tips to Make Your Cruise Beach Day Better Than Ever 14 Tips for Finding Cheap Cruise Deals 14 Ways to Get Free (or Cheaper) Drinks on a Cruise 15 Things You'll Regret Not Doing on a Cruise 15 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Embarkation Day 16 Best Places for Cruise Ship Selfies 17 Best Ovation of the Seas Cruise Tips 17 Epic Cruise Fails (Reader Edition) 17 Worst Cruise Packing Mistakes 22 Do's and Don'ts for Your First Day Onboard a Cruise Ship 3 Ways to Make the Most of Wave Season Cruise Deals 4 Overpriced Items You Shouldn't Buy on a Cruise Ship 4th of July Cruise Festivities: From Fireworks to Apple Pie 5 Best Allure of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Anthem of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Azamara Club Cruise Tips 5 Best Britannia Cruise Tips 5 Best Caribbean Princess Tips 5 Best Carnival Breeze Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Conquest Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Dream Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Freedom Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Glory Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Legend Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Liberty Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Magic Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Spirit Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Splendor Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Sunshine Cruise Tips 5 Best Carnival Valor Cruise Tips 5 Best Celebrity Eclipse Cruise Tips 5 Best Celebrity Equinox Cruise Tips 5 Best Celebrity Reflection Cruise Tips 5 Best Celebrity Solstice Cruise Tips 5 Best Celebrity Summit Cruise Tips 5 Best Cruise Gifts to Buy on Black Friday 5 Best Cruise Line Websites for Researching and Booking 5 Best Cruise Toys and Activities for Kids 5 Best Diamond Princess Cruise Tips 5 Best Disney Dream Cruise Tips 5 Best Disney Fantasy Cruise Tips 5 Best Explorer of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Freedom of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Golden Princess Cruise Tips 5 Best Independence of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Legend of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Liberty of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Marco Polo Cruise Tips 5 Best Marella Dream Cruise Tips 5 Best Marella Majesty Cruise Tips 5 Best Navigator of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best Norwegian Breakaway Cruise Tips 5 Best Norwegian Epic Cruise Tips 5 Best Norwegian Getaway Cruise Tips 5 Best Oasis of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Best P&O Azura Cruise Tips 5 Best P&O Ventura Cruise Tips 5 Best Pacific Dawn Cruise Tips 5 Best Pacific Jewel Cruise Tips 5 Best Regal Princess Cruise Tips 5 Best Sea Princess Cruise Tips 5 Best Voyager of the Seas Cruise Tips 5 Booking Hacks That Will Change the Way You Buy a Cruise 5 Credit Card Mishaps That Could Ruin Your Cruise 5 Cruise Booking Mistakes to Avoid 5 Cruise Excursions Not Worth Your Money 5 Dreamy Cruise Experiences You Might Not Know Exist 5 Free Photo-Editing Apps to Download Before Your Next Cruise 5 Free Things to Do on Radiance of the Seas 5 Off-the-Beaten-Path Pacific Island Ports 5 Overrated Onboard Purchases to Avoid on Your Cruise 5 Pieces of Overrated Cruise Advice 5 Reasons Why Families Will Love the Refurbished Norwegian Jewel 5 Reasons You Should Worry Less About Norovirus on Your Cruise 5 Things Not to Do on Ovation of the Seas 5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise 5 Things to Know About Family Expedition Cruising 5 Things to Pack for Your First Cruise 5 Tips for Saving Money on Your Next Cruise Booking 5 Ways to Get a Cruise Ship Cabin Upgrade 5 Ways to Save During Wave Season 5 Ways to Save With a Last Minute Cruise 5 Ways to Speed Up the Cruise Embarkation Process 6 Best Sun Princess Cruise Tips 6 Cruise Ship Cabins to Avoid 6 Cruise Tips for First-Timers 6 Myths About Booking a Flight for a Cruise 6 People You Should Think Twice About Inviting on a Cruise 6 Royal Caribbean Cruise Hacks 6 Tips for Keeping Your Cabin Steward Friendly 6 Ways to Skip Long Lines on a Cruise 7 Bathroom Hacks to Make Your Cruise Ship Cabin More Livable 7 Best Bon Voyage Gifts to Spice Up Any Cruise 7 Best Itineraries for Your First Cruise 7 Challenging Cruise Ports We Can Help You Navigate 7 Cruise Cabin Hacks That Will Change the Way You Cruise Forever 7 Dumbest Cruise Mistakes Ever 7 Easy Things You Can Do to Help the Environment When You Cruise 7 Honeymoon Cruise Tips 7 Pictures of Anthem of the Seas Hot Spots No Cruise Fan Should Miss 7 Reasons to Drop Everything and Cruise This Winter 7 Reasons to Turn Down a Cruise Cabin Upgrade (and 4 Not To) 7 Reasons Why Brits Will Love a Round-Britain Cruise 7 Secret Spots on Cruise Ships 7 Signs You Should Book a Cruise Right Now 7 Things Not to Do on Oasis-Class Ships 7 Things You'll Regret Doing on a Port Day 7 Times an Inside Cabin is the Best Choice on a Cruise 7 Times You Shouldn't Tip on a Cruise 7 Tips for Avoiding Crowds in Port 7 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your OceanMedallion Experience 7 Tips to Ease Your Way Through Customs After a Cruise 7 Unusual Places to Book a Cruise 7 Ways to Get the Cruise Ship Photographer to Leave You Alone 7 Ways to Outsmart Deck Chair Hogs 8 Best Noordam Cruise Tips 8 Best Ways to Cure a Cruise Hangover 8 Cruise Spa and Fitness Center Hacks 8 Cruise Tips for Runners 8 Exhilarating Shore Excursions 8 Mega-Ship Cruise Hacks 8 Reasons to Cruise on the Refurbished Golden Princess 8 Reasons To Do Long Cruises with Holland America Line 8 Reasons to Go on a Girlfriends' Getaway Cruise 8 Reasons to Join a Cruise Critic Roll Call 8 Reasons to Stay Onboard Your Cruise Ship During a Port Call 8 Things Not to Do on a Carnival Cruise 8 Things Not to Eat at the Cruise Ship Buffet 8 Things You Didn't Know About Europa 2 8 Tips for Driving to Your Cruise 8 Tips for the Best Main Dining Room Experience on a Cruise 8 Ways to Get the Most from Your Pre- or Post-Cruise Stay 8 Worst Cruise Rip-offs Not Worth Your Money 9 Cool Cruise Door Decorations You Need for Your Next Sailing 9 Cruise Packing Hacks That Will Revolutionize the Way You Travel 9 Do's and Don'ts for Your First Day on Ovation of the Seas 9 Free Activities to Do in a Cruise Port 9 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking Shore Excursions 9 Reasons to Pack Duct Tape on Your Next Cruise 9 Signs You Should Ditch Assigned Seating for Flexible Dining 9 Things Not to Do in a Cruise Ship Main Dining Room 9 Things You Don't Know About Your Cruise Ship Cabin 9 Things You Should Never Try to Hide from a Cruise Line 9 Tips for Planning Short Cruises 9 Tips for Staying Safe on a Cruise Ship 9 Tips for Staying Safe on a Cruise Shore Tour 9 Tips for Taking Better Pictures on Your Next Cruise Allure of the Seas FAQ An Insider's Guide to Cruise Tipping Anatomy of a Cruise Carry-On Are Dolphin Tours Humane? Atlantic Hurricane Season Cruising: What You Need to Know Best Cabin Placement on Any Cruise Ship Best Cruise Ports for Golf Best Cruise Ports for Hiking Best Cruise Ship Activities for a Class Reunion Cruise Best Hashtags to Use on Your Cruise Vacation Best Local Foods to Eat in Cruise Ports Best Shore Excursions in 12 New Zealand Cruise Ports Best Time to Cruise Best Women's Shoes for a Cruise Bidding for Cruise Cabin Upgrades: Tips and Tricks Busiest Cruise Ports: How to Avoid the Crowds Can I Cruise to Niagara Falls? Can I Cruise While Pregnant? What You Need to Know Celebrity Cruises Packing List Chikungunya: What Cruisers Need to Know Christmas Markets Cruises Tips Coastal Cruise Tips College Spring Break Cruises: Your Questions Answered Cruise and Stay Holiday Tips Cruise Costs: Is Carnival Good Value for Money? Cruise Costs: Is Celebrity Cruises Good Value for Money? Cruise Costs: Is P&O Good Value For Money? Cruise Critic Podcast: Cruise Stories, Tips and Advice From Cruise Critic Cruise Fashion: What Not to Wear on a Cruise Cruise Itinerary Changes: 5 Stages of Grief Cruise Line Air Packages: Pros and Cons Cruise Port Transfers: What's the Best Way to Get to Your Ship? Cruise Ports Near Me: Find the Closest Homeport for No-Fly Cruises Cruise Pricing by Destination Cruise Ship Pool Safety Tips Cruise Ship Upcharges: Should You Skip or Splurge on Onboard Extras? Cruise Travel Agent vs. Online Booking Cruise Your Way Into the Travelers' Century Club Cruising With Oxygen Do's and Don'ts for Cruising With a Baby Don't Move the Tongs: The 10 Commandments of Cruise Ship Buffet Etiquette Driving vs. Flying to Your Cruise Embarkation in Baltimore: Cruise Terminal Parking, Address and Amenities Embarkation in Galveston: Cruise Terminal Parking, Address and Amenities Embarkation in Port Canaveral (Orlando): Cruise Terminal Parking, Address and Amenities Embarkation in Seattle: Cruise Terminal Parking, Address and Amenities Expert Tips for Choosing the Best Shore Excursions Finding a Cruise Travel Agent Finding a Luxury Cruise That Fits Finding a UK Cruise Deal Flying to Your Cruise: A Guide to Long-Haul Airports, Airlines and Flights Getting to Your Cruise: A Guide to Train Travel to Southampton Cruise Port Help! My Luggage Is Lost. What Should I Do? Holland America Packing List Hot or Not: 9 Cruise Fashion Faux Pas and How to Avoid Them How Much Should I Tip My Room Steward on a Cruise? How Not to Be Rude on a Cruise: 10 Ways to Make the Crew Love You How Not to Get Sick on a Cruise: 10 Tips How Not to Go Crazy With Tons of Sea Days How Not to Go Nuts Planning for Your Cruise How Not to Look Like a Tourist on a Cruise How Not to Overpack For Your Cruise How to Check In for a Cruise How To Choose a Cruise Ship Cabin: What You Need to Know How to Choose a Europe River Cruise How to Deal With Bad Neighbors on a Cruise How to Eat Healthy on a Cruise How to Find the Best Cruise Bargains in 2019 How to Get a Job on a Cruise Ship How to Get Over Jet Lag Before Your Cruise How to Get to Your Cruise Holiday Faster: A Guide to European Airports, Airlines and Flights How to Make Friends on a Cruise How to Navigate the Airport on Cruise Turnaround Day How to Pick a Cruise Line How to Pick the Best Shore Excursions: Key Questions to Ask How to Plan a Group Cruise How to Plan the Perfect Graduation Cruise How to Prepare for a Snorkel and Dive Cruise How to Prepare for a World Cruise How to Prepare Your Home for a Long Cruise How to Rent Camera Equipment for Your Cruise of a Lifetime How to Sanitize Your Cruise Cabin in 12 Steps How to Save Money on Your Next Cruise How to Stay Healthy on a Cruise In Case of Rain: A Guide to Australia Cruise Ports in Wet Weather Is a Cruise Drink Package Right for You? Is a Cruise Line Credit Card for You? Is Fall the Best Time to Book a Cruise? Is There a Best Day to Book a Cruise? Kid-Free Cruises: 7 Options for Adult Experiences Last Minute Cruising: 9 Tips for Getting a Deal Late vs. Early Booking: When to Book a Cruise for the Best Price Life Lessons Learned from 'The Love Boat' Like a Local: Baltimore Like a Local: Orlando Love Vegas? Try a Cruise Next Making the Most of Your Overnight Port Call Measles: What Cruisers Need to Know Norovirus: What You Need to Know North Pole Cruises: Your Guide to Arctic Trips to the North Pole Onboard Credit: How to Get It, Where to Spend It Online Reservations: Tips and Tricks for Booking a Cruise at Home P&O Cruise Parties: What to Wear Pacific Explorer: What's Free -- and What's Not Photo Tips: How to Preserve and Share Your Cruise Memories Pictures of What to Wear on a Cruise Planning a Group Shore Excursion for Your Cruise Polar Bear Cruises: Best Arctic Sailings for Polar Bear Spotting Politics at Sea: How to Avoid or Engage in Partisan Talk on a Cruise Port vs. Starboard: Which Side Is Best for Your Cruise Room? Post-Vacation Detox: 7 Ways to Cleanse After a Cruise Pre-Cruise Planning Checklist Princess Cruise Packing List Princess Cruises Club Class Perks: 5 Amenities Worth the Splurge Pros and Cons of Expedition Cruising Q & A: Are Flightseeing Shore Excursions Safe? Quick Tips for Using Your Phone on a Cruise Ship Royal Caribbean Cabins: Central Park vs. Boardwalk Sail Here, Not There: Avoiding Overtourism in Cruise Ports Score the Best Cruise Price Every Time Secret Agent Deals: How to Find Prices Cruise Lines Don't Offer Secrets the Cruise Lines Don't Tell You Seto Inland Sea Cruise Tips Ship-Sponsored or Independent Shore Excursions: Which Is Right for You? Shipping Luggage to Your Cruise: Is a Valet Service for You? Shoulder Season Cruise Deals: 5 Tips to Save So You Want to Be a Cruise Ship Lecturer? Solstice Class vs. Edge Class on Celebrity Cruises Solstice vs. Millennium Class on Celebrity Cruises Solving Cruise Problems South Pacific Drinks to Try on a Cruise Staying Safe in Port: A Three-Step Program The 7 Worst Cruise Ports for a Repeat Visit The Best Places on Anthem of the Seas for Every Activity The Guarantee Gamble: The Odds of an Upgrade When the Cruise Line Picks Your Cabin The Pros and Cons of a Port-Intensive Cruise The Ultimate Printable Cruise Packing List Things to Do in Baltimore Before a Cruise Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale Before a Cruise Things to Do in Miami Before a Cruise Things to Do in Orlando Before a Cruise Things to Know About Lake Huron Cruises Things to Know About Lake Michigan Cruises Tips for Finding Peace and Quiet on a Cruise Tips for Freighter Cruises Tips for Hiring a Private Tour Guide in a Cruise Port Tips for Safe Travels Following Terrorist Attacks Tips for Sailing With International Cruise Lines Top 10 Cruise Packing Tips Top 10 Must-Pack Items for an Exotic Cruise Top 10 Pacific Explorer Tips Top 10 Reasons to Take a No-Fly Cruise Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to a Luxury Cruise Top 10 Things to Do on Cruise Sea Days Top 10 Ways to Take Your Cruise to the Next Level Top 5 Grand Princess Cruise Tips Top 8 Things You Can Do on the Cruise Critic Message Boards to Enhance Your Cruise Top 9 Diving Tips for the Galapagos Islands Top Cruising Tips from Cruise Critic's Editors Top Ways to Save Money on a Hawaii Cruise Travel Insurance Primer for Cruise Travelers U.S. Passport Card Vs. Book Under 30? 14 Reasons You Should Choose a Cruise for Your Next Vacation Viking River Cruises vs. Vantage Deluxe World Travel Wave Season Checklist: Be Prepared to Get the Best Cruise Deal Weekend Cruises: Pros and Cons What Are the Oasis-class Ships? What is a Cruise and Stay Holiday? What Not to Do at Cruise Ship Disembarkation What Not to Forget On a Cruise: 10 Things to Remember to Pack What Not to Pack: Things You Want to Bring on a Cruise But Shouldn't What to Do If Your Cruise Ship Leaves You Behind ... and How to Prepare So It Doesn't Happen to You What To Do When Bad Weather Ruins Your Cruise What to Do When Weather Prevents You from Getting to Your Cruise What to Expect: Cruising Before or After a Dry Dock What to Pack for a Carnival Cruise What to Pack for a Cruise: A Beginner's Guide What to Pack for a Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line Edition What to Pack for a Voluntourism Cruise What's Free at CocoCay? Here's What You'll Pay for the Perfect Day What's Your Free Cruise Perk Really Worth? When Bad Things Happen to Good Cruisers: Will Insurance Protect You? When to Fly In for a Cruise Where to Find Your Favorite Characters on a Cruise Which Royal Caribbean Suite Should I Book? Who Does Free Cruise Dining Best: Royal Caribbean, Carnival or Norwegian? Will a Cruise Dining Package Save You Money? Winter Cruise Deals: 4 Things to Watch Zika: What Cruisers Need to Know Slideshows: Pictures of What to Wear on a Cruise 7 Pictures of Anthem of the Seas Hot Spots No Cruise Fan Should Miss