You may not be getting the best bang for your buck.
Cruise Policies and Inside Info
Cruise Line Policies and Inside Cruise Information
No fine print here -- we will guide you through your cruise line's policies on alcohol, dress, tipping, smoking and more. Read about upcoming new cruise ships and refurbishments, and get the inside scoop on everything from booking a cruise while onboard to using Internet and phones at sea and what activities you can do on the ship and in port.
Articles: 10 Facts You Might Not Know About Working on a Cruise Ship 10 Free Activities on Anthem of the Seas 10 Reasons You're Paying Too Much for Your Cruise 10 Things You Can Only Do on Norwegian Escape 11 Types of Cruise Ship Jobs That Fit Your Interests 11 Ways to Get Booted Off a Cruise Ship 12 Bad Decisions That Could Ruin Your Cruise 12 Things You Can Only Find on Norwegian Cruise Line 13 Cruise Fees That Might Take You By Surprise 3 Cruise Clubs You Need to Join Right Now 4D Cinema on MSC Cruises 5 Best Cruise Ships for Latin American and Mexican Food 5 Free Activities on Carnival Horizon 5 Free Things to Do on Norwegian Escape 5 Lines That Make Gift Giving Easy With Cruise Gift Cards 5 Things You’ll Only Find on Holland America 5 Ways to Go Behind the Scenes on a Cruise Ship 6 Craziest Cruise Ship Parties 6 Popular Land-Based Shops You Can Find on Cruises 6 Ships With Over-the-Top Cruise Ship Decor 7 Best Activities on Carnival Spirit 7 Fun Things You Wish You Could Do on a Cruise ... But Can't 7 Places to Cruise Without a Passport 7 Reasons Norwegian Escape is the Cruise Ship for You 7 Reasons to Be Loyal to Your Cruise Line 7 Things to Love About MSC Divina 7 Things You Can Only Find on Celebrity Cruise Ships 7 Things You Can Only Find on P&O Cruises' Britannia 8 Reasons Why You'll Love Princess Cruises' Crown Princess 8 Tacky Souvenirs Not to Buy on Cruises 8 Things to Know About the Cheapest Cruise Ship Cabins 8 Things You Can Do on a Cruise Ship Balcony and 2 You Should Skip 9 Things You Can Only Do on Anthem of the Seas A Guide to Cruise Line Drink Packages A Night at the Ice Hotel in Norway With Saga Cruises Aft Balcony vs. Balcony Cabin on Cruise Ships Afternoon Tea on P&O Cruises All About Cruise Ship Babysitting All About Cruise Ship Bingo An Insider's Guide to Cruise Tipping AquaDuck and AquaDunk on Disney Cruise Line Art Classes on Cruise Ships Azamara Club Cruises History Azamara Le Club Voyage Cruise Loyalty Program Azamara vs. Celebrity Azamara vs. Viking Ocean Cruises B.B. King's Blues Club on Holland America Behind the Scenes on a Cruise: We Tour MSC Splendida Best Cruise Ship Beds Best Cruise Travel Agents Big Ships vs. Small Ships: the Pros and Cons of Cruise Ship Size Breakout & Escape on TUI Discovery Can I Play Bridge on a Cruise? Can I Use Global Entry at Cruise Ports? Can You Bring a Drone on a Cruise Ship? Can You Cruise for $100 a Day? Carnival Breeze vs. Magic vs. Dream Carnival Cheers Program on Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line Australia Alcohol Policy Carnival Cruise Line History Carnival Cruise Line vs. Royal Caribbean International Carnival Horizon Videos Carnival VIFP (Very Important Fun Person) Cruise Loyalty Program Carnival Vista vs. Carnival Breeze Casinos at Sea: Win Big with Free Cruises and Perks From Cruise Ship Play Celebrity Cruises Captain's Club Cruise Loyalty Program Celebrity Cruises Drink Packages: Classic vs. Premium Celebrity Cruises History Celebrity Cruises vs. Princess Cruises Celebrity Cruises vs. Royal Caribbean International Celebrity Cruises' Aqua Class vs. Concierge Class Celebrity Cruises' Jet Set Sail Package Celebrity Cruises' Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge Celebrity Cruises' Suite Class on Celebrity Eclipse Celebrity Eclipse vs Celebrity Silhouette Celebrity Luminae vs. Celebrity Blu Central Park on Royal Caribbean Cruises Charter Cruises: Everything You Need to Know Concierge Lounges: 8 Big-Ship Cruise Lines With VIP Options Connecting at Sea: Internet and Phone Use Onboard Contacting Your River Cruise Line Costa Cruises History Costa Cruises' Costa Club Cruise Loyalty Program Could You Be Bumped from Your Next Cruise? Countries That Require Visas for a Cruise Cruise Balcony vs. Suite: A Cabin Comparison Cruise Classes: 21 Things You Can Learn on Your Next Cruise Cruise Complaints: The Federal Maritime Commission Can Help Cruise Costs: Is P&O Good Value For Money? Cruise Critic Podcast: Cruise Drink and Beverage Packages 101 Cruise Critic Podcast: Harmony of the Seas vs. Carnival Vista Cruise Critic Podcast: Your Guide to Cruise Ship Buffets Cruise Culinary Demos and Classes: See What's Cooking at Sea Cruise Dining Times: Early Dinner vs. Late Dinner Cruise Line Age Policies Cruise Line Alcohol Policies Cruise Line Cancellation Policies: A Closer Look Cruise Line Contact Information: Address, Phone Number and Email Cruise Line Laundry Services Cruise Line Loyalty Programs Cruise Line Smoking Policies Cruise Line Stocks and Perks for Shareholders Cruise Line Tipping Policies Cruise Mini-suite vs. Balcony Cabins: A Cabin Comparison Cruise Mini-suite vs. Suite: A Cabin Comparison Cruise Overboards: A Crew Member's Perspective Cruise Passenger Demographics: Who Will Be on My Cruise? Cruise Rules and Regulations, Plus Travel Documents and Information Cruise Ship Art: From Auctions to Appreciation Cruise Ship Doctors and Medical Facilities Onboard Cruise Ship Lifeguards: Which Cruise Lines Have Them? Cruise Ship Rescues: What Happens When Your Ship Helps Sailors in Distress Cruise Ship Restaurants for Every Taste Cruise Ship Trivia: 6 Things to Know Cruise Ships and Fog: What You Need to Know Cruises to Nowhere Tips Crystal Cruises' Crystal Society Cruise Loyalty Program CSMART: 15 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Carnival Corp.'s Maritime Crew Training System Cunard Line History Cunard Line vs. P&O Cruises Cunard Line's Cunard World Club Cruise Loyalty Program Day Passes at Caribbean Resorts Defunct Cruise Lines History Differences Between Luxury Cruise Lines Disney Castaway Club Cruise Loyalty Program Disney Cruise Line History Disney Cruise vs. Carnival Cruise Disney Fantasy vs. Disney Dream Do You Need a Passport to Go On a Cruise? Docked vs. Tendered: Two Ways to Get Ashore Don't Do That! 9 Crazy Laws You Don't Want to Break on Your Next Cruise Dramamine vs. Bonine Dynamic Dining: Everything You Need to Know Embarkation in Miami Cruise Port Embarkation in New Orleans Cruise Port Embarkation in New York City (Manhattan Terminal) Cruise Port Explorations Central on Holland America Cruises Faster to the Fun on Carnival Cruises Fee vs. Free: What's Included in Your Cruise Fare? Flexible Versus Traditional Dining FOD FAQ's, or Who Are the Friends of Dorothy? Forward vs. Aft: A Cabin Comparison Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Alcohol Policy Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines vs. Cruise & Maritime Voyages Fred. Olsen Oceans Cruise Loyalty Club Fred. Olsen vs. Marella Cruises Harmony of the Seas vs. Allure of the Seas Harmony of the Seas vs. Anthem of the Seas Harmony of the Seas vs. Carnival Vista Harmony of the Seas' Boardwalk Video Harmony of the Seas' Central Park Video Harmony of the Seas' Entertainment Place Video Harmony of the Seas' Pool and Sports Zone Video Harmony of the Seas' Royal Promenade Video Harmony of the Seas' Vitality Sea Spa and Fitness Center Video Harmony of the Seas' Youth Place Video Havana Cabanas on Carnival Vista and Horizon Hidden in the Fine Print: 16 Things You Need to Know About Your Cruise Contract Holland America Cruise Line History Holland America Mariner Society Cruise Loyalty Program Holland America vs. Celebrity Cruises Holland America vs. Princess Holland America vs. Royal Caribbean Holland America vs. Viking Holland America's Koningsdam vs. Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America's Pinnacle-Class Ships How Cruise Ships Deal with Crime at Sea How Do Cruise Ships Work? How Fast Do Cruise Ships Go? How to Apply for a Cruise Visa How to Calculate the Total Price of a Cruise How to Get Cruise Jobs on Land How to Pre-Book Cruise Ship Activities Online How to Talk Like a Sailor: A Glossary of Cruise Terms How Wind and Water Levels Could Ruin Your River Cruise Hurtigruten Ambassador Program Cruise Loyalty Club iLounge on Celebrity Cruises Inside vs. Balcony Cruise Cabins: A Cabin Comparison Inside vs. Outside Cruise Cabins: A Cabin Comparison Internet at Sea: 7 Things You Need to Know Is Carnival Vista the Ship for You? Is Topless Sunbathing on a Cruise Allowed? Jones Act and PVSA: What's the Difference, and How Do They Affect My Cruise? Laughs at Sea: Cruise Ship Comedy Clubs Marella Cruises Alcohol Policy Marella Cruises vs. P&O Cruises Meraviglia Class vs. Seaside Class on MSC Cruises MSC Cruises History MSC Meraviglia vs. Harmony of the Seas MSC Seaside vs. Carnival Vista MSC Seaside vs. Seaview MSC vs. Royal Caribbean in the Caribbean My First Luxury Cruise: A Mass-Market Cruiser Reviews an Upscale Sailing New Cruise Ships in 2013 New Cruise Ships in 2014 New Cruise Ships in 2015 New Cruise Ships in 2016 New Cruise Ships in 2017 New Cruise Ships in 2018 New Cruise Ships in 2019 New Cruise Ships on Order New River Cruise Ships in 2015 Newest River Cruise Ships in 2016 Noordam vs. Celebrity Solstice Noordam vs. Maasdam Norwegian Bliss Videos Norwegian Cruise Line History Norwegian Cruise Line Internet Packages and Prices Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Classes Norwegian Cruise Line vs. Carnival Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line vs. Royal Caribbean International Norwegian Epic vs. Norwegian Getaway Norwegian Escape vs. Anthem of the Seas Norwegian Escape: Hits & Misses Norwegian Getaway vs. Norwegian Breakaway Norwegian Latitudes Rewards Cruise Loyalty Program Oasis of the Seas Entertainment and Shows Oasis of the Seas Facts: Info on One of the World's Biggest Cruise Ships Oasis of the Seas Frequently Asked Questions Oasis of the Seas vs. Quantum of the Seas: a Cruise Ship Comparison Oceania Club Cruise Loyalty Program Oceania Cruises History Oceania vs. Celebrity Oceanview vs. Balcony Cabins: A Cabin Comparison Old Ships vs. New Ships: What's In a Cruise Ship's Age? Ovation of the Seas vs. Explorer of the Seas P&O Australia vs. Carnival Cruise Line Australia P&O Cruises Australia Alcohol Policy P&O Cruises History P&O Cruises UK Alcohol Policy P&O Cruises vs. Royal Caribbean U.K. P&O Peninsular Club Cruise Loyalty Program P&O Webcams: P&O Arcadia Webcam P&O Webcams: P&O Aurora Webcam P&O Webcams: P&O Azura Webcam P&O Webcams: P&O Britannia Webcam P&O Webcams: P&O Oceana Webcam P&O Webcams: P&O Oriana Webcam P&O Webcams: P&O Ventura Webcam P&O – 175 Years of History Pacific Explorer vs. Pacific Dawn Pet Friendly Cruises Pictures of a Cruise Ship Training Center: A Behind-the-Scenes Look Pirates Then and Now: Could Pirates Attack My Cruise Ship? Princess Captain's Circle Cruise Loyalty Program Princess Cruise Ship Classes Princess Cruises History Princess Cruises vs. Carnival Cruise Line Princess Cruises vs. Norwegian Cruise Line Princess Cruises vs. Royal Caribbean International Princess' Coral-Class Cruise Ships Princess' R-Class Cruise Ships Princess' Sun-Class Cruise Ships Q & A: Are Flightseeing Shore Excursions Safe? Radiance of the Seas vs. Voyager of the Seas Regent Seven Seas Cruises History Regent's Seven Seas Society Loyalty Program Royal Caribbean Cabins: Central Park vs. Boardwalk Royal Caribbean Crown and Anchor Society Cruise Loyalty Program Royal Caribbean Cruise Line History Royal Caribbean Voyager-class Ships Royal Caribbean vs. Disney Cruise Line Royal Caribbean's Chops Grille vs. Giovanni's Table Royal Caribbean's Cruise Ship Classes Royal Caribbean's Freedom-Class Ships Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class Ships Royal Caribbean's Radiance-class Ships Royal Caribbean's Sovereign-class Ships Royal Caribbean's Vision-class Ships Royal Promenade on Royal Caribbean Cruises Royal Suite Class on Royal Caribbean Cruises Saga Pearl II's Ypres and the Last Post Excursion Scattering Ashes at Sea: 10 Common Questions Answered Scenic vs. Viking River Cruises Seabourn Cruise Line History Seabourn Cruises' Seabourn Club Loyalty Program SeaWalk on Princess Cruises Serene Sailing: A Guide to Cruise Ship Spa Accommodations Serenity Deck on Carnival Cruise Line Shipping Luggage to Your Cruise: Is a Valet Service for You? Silversea Venetian Society Cruise Loyalty Program Smoking Policies on Australia Cruise Ships Smoking Pot on a Cruise Ship: Is It Legal? Sneaking Alcohol on a Cruise: 5 Reasons You Should Never Try It Texting on a Cruise: 7 Cruise Line Messaging Apps The 18 Best Free Things to Do on a Cruise The Biggest Cruise Ships in the World: A Size Comparison The Cruise Lines List: A Roundup of Different Cruise Lines The Great Liquor Debate The Guarantee Gamble: The Odds of an Upgrade When the Cruise Line Picks Your Cabin The Piazza on Princess Cruises The Truth About Gratuities The Truth About Solo Cruise Cabins The Ultimate Cruise Tipping Guide The Ultimate Guide to Cruise Ship Cabins The Ultimate Guide to Drinking Alcohol on Cruise Ships The Ultimate Guide to Packing for a Cruise The World's Roughest Waters for Cruising Tipping on Ships: An Australian Culture Clash Top 10 Things We Love About Britannia Top 10 Things We Love About P&O Cruises' Ventura Top Ships of 2018 Compared: Carnival Horizon vs. Symphony of the Seas vs. Norwegian Bliss Ultimate Balcony Dining on Princess Cruises Understanding Cruise Ship Spa Services Unsold Cruise Cabins: How Cruise Lines Fill Them and How You Can Snag One Upcoming Cruise Ship Refurbishments Upper vs. Lower Deck: A Cabin Comparison Viking Explorer Society Cruise Loyalty Program Virtual Reality Experience on a TUI Discovery Cruise Volendam vs. Noordam Voyagers Club MSC Cruise Loyalty Program What Are CDC Cruise Ship Scores? What Are Cruise Ship Sea Trials? What Are R-Class Cruise Ships? What Are the Oasis-class Ships? What Cruise Ship Butlers Will Do for You What Happens if Your Cruise Is Oversold? What Is a Cabana on a Cruise Ship or Private Island? What Is a Cruise Critic Roll Call? What Is a Cruise Ship Captain's Salary? What Is a Cruise Ship Coin Ceremony? What Is a Cruise Ship Stretching? What is a Pullman Bed on a Cruise Ship? What Is a Soda Package on a Cruise? What Is a Transatlantic Cruise? What Is a Turnaround Day on a Cruise? What Is Celebrity Today? What Is Fun Ship 2.0? What Is Mal de Debarquement Syndrome? What Is Norwegian's Freestyle Daily? What is OceanMedallion on a Cruise? What Is Royal Caribbean's Cruise Compass? What Is Shoulder Season? What Is Shuffleboard on a Cruise? What Is the Carnival Fun Times? What Is the Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights? What Is the Difference Between an Ocean Liner and Cruise Ship? What Is the Disney Cruise Personal Navigator? What Is the Holland America Daily Program, When and Where? What Is the MSC Daily Program? What Is the Princess Patter? What Is Voluntourism on a Cruise? What Should I Wear on a Cruise? A Guide to Cruise Line Dress Codes What to Do If Your Cruise Ship Leaves You Behind ... and How to Prepare So It Doesn't Happen to You What to Expect on Vantage River Cruises What's the Best Cruise Ship Size for You? When a Passenger Dies at Sea: What You Need to Know Where Are Cruise Ships Built? Which Cruise Can You Book for $300 a Day? Which Cruise Can You Book for $500 a Day? Which Ships Have Solo Cabins Who Owns My Cruise Line? A Guide to Cruise Line Parent Companies Windstar Cruises' Windstar Yacht Club Loyalty Program Windstar vs. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in Costa Rica Windstar Yachts vs. Windstar Sailing Ships Slideshows: Pictures of a Cruise Ship Training Center: A Behind-the-Scenes Look