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Norwegian Getaway - Miami's Ship
by Paul Motter

A SPECIAL PREVIEW Article on New Features on NORWEGIAN GETAWAY by Norwegian Cruise Line

Large Vs. Small Cruise Ships
by Paul Motter
Each has its advantages and drawbacks, but which one is better depends on what you want.
Royal Caribbean 2014 Euro-Cruise Offer
by Paul Motter
$1,000 stateroom discount, reduced deposits, one free tour per child
The Best Cruise Ship Lobster
by Paul Motter
Blount Small Ship Cruises - sailing from Rhode Island for 50 years
Singles Cruises - There's One for You
by Paul Motter
No matter your interests, there is surely a solo cruise for you
Nickel & Diming, Or Plain Math?

They claim they want more included in the price, yet they seek out the $599 seven-day cruise
Introducing Emerald Waterways
by Paul Motter
Exceptional value European river cruise sailings on the Industry's Newest Ships
Would I Cruise on Carnival Now?
by Paul Motter
We ask experienced cruisers if they would sail on Carnival now
One Meal in Paris?
by Janice Wald Henderson
The best pre-cruise feast on the Seine: La Cuisine at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Seven Items to Check Before You Cruise
By Kuki,
Friday, 16 Aug 2013

Seven vital pre-cruise items to check before your cruise
A Cruise for Everyone
by Paul Motter
Travel, Relaxation or even road warrior working vacations - a cruise for everyone
Cruise Ships Get Bigger
by Paul Motter
Coming ships make the average larger and higher capacity than ever before
Sun Princess Makeover
by Paul Motter
$30 Million update for Sushi Restaurant, International Café and more
Barging in Burgundy
By Janice Wald Henderson, Culinary Editor
Wining and Dining through Southern France with French Country Waterways
Who's The Cruise Nanny?

Every cruise has someone who likes the decision making and cruise details.
Oceania to Upgrade Older Ships
by Paul Motter
An original approach to upgrading a class of ships: nearly simultaneous
Best Stateroom Location for Cruises

By Pete Petersen
Your stateroom location has a big impact on your overall cruise experience
Oceania to Upgrade Older Ships
by Paul Motter
A truly original approach to upgrading an entire class of ships: almost simultaneously
Best Stateroom Location for Cruise
by Paul Motter
The location of your stateroom can have a big impact on your overall cruise experience
Food & Wine Theme Cruises
by Judy Cuervo
Eleven intoxicatingly delicious food and wine theme cruises for 2013 and 2014
Cruise Lines Publish Crime Statistics
by Paul Motter
The top cruise lines publish aggregated "crime" allegation reports on their web sites
Free Airfare to Europe
by Paul Motter
Grand Circle is a gem, especially for solo cruisers. Free air offer ends 8-19.
Fear of Flying - United
by Kuki
I have never been so enthusiastic about getting off of an airplane!
Holland America - Explore 4 Offer
by Paul Motter
Book before October 15th to qualify for any or all four special cruise perks
First Time Cruisers - Get On Board
by Paul Motter
"Cruise confidence" is down 12% - but who is at fault here, the cruise lines or the media?
Cruise Safety Hearing Surprises
by Paul Motter
Today's Senate Committee Cruise Safety Hearings had Two Big Surprises
Unpack in Paris Pre-cruise
by Janice Wald Henderson
Two Top Pre-Cruise Hotels in Beautiful Paris
Matsui and Poe: New Cruise Bill
by Paul Motter
The Cruise Passenger Protection Act to strengthen crime reporting and video surveillance requirements
Carnival Sunshine Makeover
by Paul Motter
Carnival is showing off the new $155-million makeover of Carnival Sunshine, nee Carnival Destiny.
Rock Music Theme Cruises 2013, 2014
by Judy Cuervo
A Dozen Music Cruises That Will Rock Your Socks Off!
Carnival Announces Carnival Vista
by Paul Motter
carnival Vista will be in the size and style of Carnival Breeze, coming in at 135,000-tons and 4000 passenger berths
Norwegian: Second Breakaway Plus Ordered
by Paul Motter
Norwegian Cruise Line orders the second of its largest ships ever planned - Breakaway-Plus
Brad Pitt & Angela Jolie Cruise Ship Wedding?
by Paul Motter
Rumors say the couple will wed on the Hebridean Princess cruise ship of Scotland
Streaming at Silversea
by Janice Wald Henderson
Silversea Cruises Introduces Live TV News and Free Movies on Demand
David Foster Wallace - Famous Cruise Essay
by Paul Motter
The definitive cruise essay is long, spellbinding, hilarious and sad
Regent Orders New Ship
by Paul Motter
New Ship coming summer 2016 will be the most luxurious cruise ship yet.
Cruising Is An Appetizer
by Kuki
One of the most common complaints is lack of time in port.
Oceania Cruises' First World Cruise
by Paul Motter
This will be the longest world cruise in the history of modern cruising - 180 days
Taking Sanctuary in Myanmar
by Janice Wald Henderson New River Cruise Boat Goes Deep into Burma
Anyone Read The Cruise Contract
by Kuki
Your acceptance of the contract is implied by your booking.
Theme Cruises: A Primer
by Judy Cuervo
A glimpse into the world of theme cruising, a concept that has exploded
How to Book Shore Excursions
by Pete Peterson
What are the key aspects to booking independent tours?
Carnival Ships to New Homeports
by Paul Motter
Carnival Sunshine to Port Canaveral, Carnival Dream to New Orleans; April 2014
by Kuki
The group likely most guilty of this misstep are experienced cruisers.
Micky Leaves Carnival CEO
by Carnival Corp
Micky Arison will continue as Chairman of the Board
Carnival Triumph Returns
by Ray Snoozeman McDonald
A report from a full cruise aboard the newly renovated Carnival Triumph
Polishing the Crystal Serenity
by Janice Wald Henderson
A Sneak Peak at Crystal Serenity Makeover Project Coming this Autumn
The Grand Del Mar Hotel
by Janice Wald Henderson
For a pre-cruise stay in beautiful San Diego this hotel is the best in the West
Hurricane Season Realities
by Kuki
Lowest prices of the year are often available during hurricane season.
Royal Princess Surprises
by Paul Motter
A few things deserve a mention in the interest of both sides of the story
The Best Royal Princess Secrets
by Paul Motter
Some of the low-key features that make Royal Princess an outstanding ship
Witnessing a Royal Inaugural
by Paul Motter
Editor Paul Motter is on site in Southampton for the "Naming" of Royal Princess
Royal Princess First Impressions
by Paul Motter
The ultimate Princess ship, more lovely in design and detail than expected
New Seine River Options
by Paul Motter
Viking Cruises wants to sail the Seine from Paris to Le Havre
Norwegian Breakaway Truly Excels
by Paul Motter
The ship embodies the best in "Free-Style" cruising yet.
Cruise Brand Loyalists
by Kuki
Brand loyalty is what each cruise line hopes to build with their reward programs.
Cruise Insurance Considerations
by Paul Motter
Feel confident during your boat drill by getting cruise insurance!
Oceania's Cuisine - Best at Sea?
by Janice Wald Henderson
Marina is the first ship purpose-built for epicureans.
Royal Caribbean Orders Third Quantum-Class Ship
by Paul Motter
Third Quantum-class ship ordered to be delivered in 2016
by Janice Wald Henderson
Living it Up Pre-Cruise at The Langham in London
Kate to "Name" Royal Princes June 13
by Paul Motter
Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, will be the Godmother in the official naming ceremony, June 13, 2013.
Hurricane Season 2013
by Paul Motter
The NOAA is predicting an unusually severe hurricane season this year. Surprised?
Fire on Grandeur of the Seas
by Paul Motter
Passengers will be flown to Baltimore tomorrow, with full refund for cruise
Great American Steamship to Sail Columbia River
by Paul Motter
Great American SteamBoat Company has rescued Empress of the North
We Love Viking Star
by Paul Motter
Viking River's first sea-going vessels will redefine the concept of cruising.
Nickel & Diming on Cruise Ships
by Paul Motter
A history of cruise line strategies for getting more money from you onboard
Viking Ocean to Change Cruising
by Paul Motter
The largest river cruise line just revealed its impressive plans for its first sea-voyage cruise ships.
Norwegian Getaway Entertainment Lineup
by Paul Motter
Norwegian's next ship (2014) will have Legally Blonde, Illusionarium, Stand-up Comedy and Grammy Experience
Carnival Triumph to Get FunShip Upgrades
by Paul Motter
Triumph will receive Guy's Burgers, RedFrog Rumbar, EA Sports Bar, Alchemy Bar and Blue Tequila
Norwegian Breakaway Christened in New York
by Paul Motter
"New York's ship" officially christened in her new home port today, May 8, 2013.
2013 Alaska Cruises
by Paul Motter
Last minute seven-night cruises for just $279 per person
Boston Summer Cruise Season
by Paul Motter
Boston now hosts a number of cruise ships on regular schedules for the summer season.
Navigator to Galveston After Upgrade
by Paul Motter
The ship will bring us "virtual balconies" before they are introduced on Quantum of the Seas.
Disney Magic New Features

A 3-story slide, a new atrium, the Marvel experience, Oceaneer's Lab and upgraded staterooms
Norwegian Breakaway Debuts

We get our very first looks at the brand new Norwegian Breakaway with its first cruise from Southampton, England
Norwegian Breakaway Sails from U.K.
Norwegian Breakaway is under way on its first cruise with passengers.
Cruise Tahiti with Renowned Hawaii Chef
by Janice Wald Hendersonby Janice Wald Henderson
Hawaii's brightest culinary star Alan Wong to cruise on Paul Gauguin
Disney Magic New Features
by Disney Cruise Line A 3-story slide, a new atrium, the Marvel experience, Oceaneer's Lab and upgraded staterooms
Silversea Features Top Winemakers
By Janice Wald Henderson
Here is a rare chance to rub shoulders with the "Superstar Winemakers" of Napa Valley at sea
Norwegian Four-day Sale Starts Today

Shipboard Credit up to $250, kids sail for 50% off, airfare credits up to $1000. Jump on board this sale!

A special selection of informative articles for Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Breakaway
Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line Discover Norwegian Breakaway, the largest, most luxurious ship to ever call the Big Apple home.
Family Cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line
Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line A family cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line will give your kids the best childhood memories possible.
Hawai'i Cruising by Norwegian
Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America: The "Only Way" to see the entire state of Hawai'i in just seven days

"Hearty Boys" Cruise France on A-ROSA
By Janice Wald Henderson
Food Network's Party Line "Hearty Boys" host a South of France A-ROSA river cruise this August
Carnival to Revamp Entire Fleet

Carnival will revamp its 101-ship fleet with backup generators and improved engine systems to keep guests safe
Royal Caribbean: 1st Quantum Details

The first details of the new Royal Caribbean ship, Quantum of the Seas, were revealed in New York City this morning.
Avalon Waterways on a Roar

Avalon Waterways will have eight "Panoramic River Boats" sailing in Europe by the end of 2014
Princess: More Caribbean Less Europe

Princess to reduce European cruise ships by two, and add summer Caribbean cruises
Oasis Takes Europe By Storm

One of world's two largest cruise ships, Oasis of the Seas, will visit to Britain and Europe in the autumn of 2014
Kate to "Name" Royal Princess

Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, will be the Godmother in the official naming ceremony, June 13, 2013.
Travel Agents or Self-Service

Should you book your own cruise or use a qualified travel agent? It depends on the quality of your advice.
Making Carnival Sunshine

Carnival is calling the Carnival Sunshine makeover the most complex cruise ship refurbishment ever undertaken
Norwegian Getaway GRAMMY Experience
by Janice Wald Henderson
Norwegian Getaway is partnering with the GRAMMY Awards to create is own unique onboard experience.
Royal Princess - Shipyard Preview

Last week I joined a select group of cruise journalists to see the new Royal Princess in the Fincantieri Shipyard near Venice Italy. The ship has been under construction for two years and will set sail in June, 2013.
Five Nights in White Satin
by Judy Cuervo A cruise featuring the Moody Blues, Zombies, Asia, Ambrosia, Little River Band, Stephen Bishop, Joe Williams (Toto) and Greg Lake
Norwegian Breakaway Completes Sea Trials
by Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian announces that the line's newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway, successfully completed her sea trials
Oasis Going to Europe 2014
by Royal Caribbean The cruisers of Europe had bettter book early if they want a taste of the world's largest cruise ship.
Rolling On the Viking River
Viking River, with 10 new River Boats in service in 2012, hopes to have Mississippi cruising by 2015
Cruiser's Culinary Cheat Sheet
by Janice Wald Henderson
Have you ever been stumped by a word on a cruise ship menu? Here is your cruiser's culinary cheat sheet.   Go>
Extensive Refurbishment for Carnival
Carnival Triumph and Carnival Sunshine will Both Receive Major Mechanical Upgrades
Viking River Sets Inaugural Record
What is the greatest number of cruise vessels ever christened in a single day? 10?
Top Seven Cruise Tips

An invaluable list of suggestions on how to make your cruise the best it can possibly be
Cruise Ship Bill of Rights?

Sen. Chas. Schumer asks for cruise "Bill of Rights." The facts, your rights and advice if your ship cruise goes bad.
Grand Princess Arrives in San Francisco
by Princess Cruises Grand Princess, the first ship to be based in San Francisco year round, arrived at Pier 35 on March 16
Andie McDowell Uniworld Godmother
by Uniworld Uniworld's Queen Isabel to be Christened in Porto, Portugal, by Andie MacDowell the same time & place as Sharon Stone names AmaVida
Norwegian Breakaway Conveyance

The trip down the Ems Rivers from the Meyer Werft shipyard is a rite of passage for every Papenburg ship
20 New Royal Princess Highlights

Princess reveals 20 new details of the forthcoming Royal Princess you probably didn't know.
AmaWaterways: Sharon Stone As Godmother
by AmaWaterways Technically-advanced, Eco-Friendly AmaVida River Cruise Ship will be Christened in Porto, Portugal on March 22, 2013
Asia - The New Cruise Capitol?

With a densely populated coast and plenty of exotic destinations Asia could be the next booming cruise market
I'll Take Manhattan
by Janice Wald Henderson
New York has become a year-round port - especially with Norwegian Breakaway soon to debut as "New York's Ship."
Tokyo - A Shore Thing
by Janice Wald Henderson
Essential tips on a pre-cruise visit to Tokyo for those about to embark on a cruise of Asia
Celebrity: Sobe Food Festival
by Ruth Molina Celebrity shows off it it culinary prowess and variety at the 2013 South Florida Food Festival in Miami Beach
Carrie Fisher Has a Rough Cruise

Carrie's canine companion pooping on stage upon Eurodam is enough to send the actress to the hospital
Norwegian Breakaway Appears

The largest ship ever built in Germany is now afloat and ready for her final interior finishing touches before sea-trials.
Kristin Chenoweth to Christen Quantum

Kristen Chenoweth named godmother to Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas during Oscars presentation
Crystal Cruises Culinary Coups
by Janice Wald Henderson
In today's luxury cruise market a ship must whip up culinary razzle-dazzle to keep fans.
Queen Elizabeth coming to Long Beach

Get onboard the Queen Mary, at no cost, for free fireworks and a salute from the Queen Elizabeth.
Nobu to Sail on Crystal
By Janice Wald Henderson
Nobody does it better than master chef Nobu - to sail on special Crystal cruises
Oceania - a Wave of New Cuisine
By Janice Wald Henderson Grand Dining Room menu will introduce 85 New Dishes
Seabourn Sells Three Ships

Seabourn will build a fourth larger ship and sell its three smaller, original ships to Windstar Cruises
Book a Carnival Cruise Now?

I have been getting a number of media inquiries as to whether the recent incident will affect cruise prices.
Carnival Triumph - What Really Happened?

An in-depth interview with an experienced cruiser who lived through the Triumph disaster
Holland America Pacific Coast Cruise
by Port of San Diego A one-time cruise from San Diego to Vancouver presents a rare opportunity to see America's west coast
Triumph Has Landed

The long ordeal for passengers on the crippled Carnival Triumph is finally over
Carnival Triumph Update

The Triumph has drifted some 90 miles to the north and now will be towed to Mobile, Alabama.
Seabourn Cruises to Antarctica

Seabourn will offer luxury cruises to the southern Polar Region beginning this November, 2013
Carnival Triumph Adrift - Update

An engine room fire this morning has left the cruise ship without propulsion power off the coast of Yucatan
Cruise Gossip - Thursday Feb 7

John Travolta has a dispute with a cruise ship employee, but manages to settle the case
Royal Caribbean Names Project Sunshine Ships
The new ships coming in 2014 and 2015 will be named Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas
Redefining Celebrity Cruises 2013
Celebrity is out to remake its image as the "Modern Luxury" cruise line for cuisine, entertainment and service
Take Your Sweetie to Tahiti
A special cruise line incentive for a romantic cruise to give as a gift for Valentine's Day
Princess Five-Day Super Sale
Get up to $1100 per person in savings on West Coast Sailings - today (Jan 31st) through Feb. 4th
Windstar Returning to Tahiti
The beautiful sailships of Windstar return to the place that made them famous, French Polynesia
Norwegian Breakaway Preview
With Norwegian Breakaway on the 100-day countdown we concentrate all of the news of this exciting new ship in one place.
Carnival Advert Goes Viral in U.K.
Bottoms Up! A new television advert showing in Britain has become popular with the stuff upper lip crowd.
Best Cruise Cabin Location
by Pete Peterson What difference does the location of your stateroom make - on a moving ship more than you realize
Royal Caribbean - Free Drinks to Europe
The cruise line is offering complimentary premium beverage packages with transatlantic cruises in April, 2013
Don't Lose Your Cruise
Seven different reasons cruise lines might refuse your boarding with no compensation - and how to avoid it
Royal Princess: Special Preview Sailings
Two special preview sailings of two-nights from Southampton, U.K. will go on sale January 29
Class Act Cooks on Silversea
By Janice Wald Henderson Learn to Cook in free classes from Relais and Châteaux on Swank Cruise Line
Hollywood Hits the High Seas
by Janice Wald Henderson Going glam on Crystal Cruises with special Hollywood theme cruises
New Celebrity Dining Packages
The modern luxury line's specialty dining packages offer convenience and savings of up to 31% over individual bookings.
Azamara Journey Gets New Look
The second Azamara ship just emerged from an extensize dry-dock with new look, inside and out.
Norwegian Breakaway Gets a Cake Boss
Buddy Valastro, Star of TLC's Cake Boss. will Open Carlo's Bake Shop on New York's Ship
Norwegian Breakaway - Revealing Pictures!
New York's ship has great entertainment, fireworks on every cruise, new dining spots, a Waterfront and the Rockettes
Oceania Cruises Celebrates 10 Years
The scrappy and independent upstart, Oceania Cruises, is actually growing up!
What 2013 Wave Season Reveals
The 2013 Wave Season reveals an interesting new strategy in cruise pricing and ship aesthetics.
Wave Season 2013 Begins!
Wave Season 2013 starts today and I had to work hard to get all of the deals today. So, let's get started.
2013 Transatlantic Cruise Bargains
It's not too late to get a great deal on a transatlantic crossing to Europe this spring
Cruise Ship Building 2013
Where the next generation of ships are being built and how the economy has affected the industry
Royal Caribbean Orders New Oasis
by Royal Caribbean A third Oasis class ship is now confirmed, but this one will be built in France
Christmas Markets - Final Edition
My final Christmas Markets cruise report from Salzburg - city of Mozart and Sound of Music - in December.
Cruise-style Holidays at Home
by Janice Wald Henderson Whether you have cruise-envy, or you want to share cruise life with your guests, have a cruise-style Christmas at home.
Royal Princess Roundup
All of the news and details on the new Royal Princess conveniently compiled in one place for our readers.
Viking River Longboats
The latest design in riverboats from Viking River, the "Longboats" are spacious, high-tech and fully complemented.
What to Do if Your Passport Expires
You didn't check until the last minute - and your passport expired. How to get a new one fast and other options.
Europe in Autumn, Winter and Spring
How to pack for all off-season European cruises by region; Mediterranean to Baltic; autumn, winter and spring
Royal Caribbean: New Beverage and Dining Programs
New inclusive beverage and dining packages make Royal Caribbean cruising more comprehensive and less complicated
Top Five Gifts for Cruise Gourmets
by Janice Wald Henderson A selection of food-related gifts for your gourmet-cruise cuisine enthusiast
Christmas Markets Cruise - continued
A pre-Christmas winter cruise to Europe to see the traditional Christmas Markets of Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg and more
Bundling Cruise Services Into Price
Cruise lines bundling tours, drinks, Wi-Fi and pre-cruise hotels are seeing serious success.
Christmas Markets Packing
What to take on a European Christmas Markets River Cruise on the Rhine or Danube Rivers
Celebrity Reflection Completes the Fleet
Celebrity Reflection's delivery tops off the Solstice-class, and now allows Celebrity time for new goals.
Luxe Lunch Aboard Crystal
By Janice Wald Henderson Taking a tour for a taste of the "luxe" Crystal Symphony while she is in port in Los Angeles.
Seeing our Celebrity Reflection
Fifth and last of the Solstice-class, Celebrity Reflection, is the most unique sister of all.
Sabrett Hot Dogs on Norwegian Breakaway
by Janice Wald Henderson A frank taste of the Big Apple at sea on New York's Ship
Carnival in Hot Water with Drag Queens
A special "Drag Stars at Sea" cruise goes downhill before it gets started due to mis-steps by management.
Are You Ready for Royal Princess?
Royal Princess takes the cruise line to a new level in terms of design and scale.
Last Minute Bargains Are Back
"How low can you go?" is the cruise price question for December, the slowest selling month every year.
Kuki Blog Update! How Cruise Packing Has Changed
Relaxing dress codes, weight restrictions and fees by the airlines and self disembarkation have significantly reduced the amount of cruise luggage. Go> 11-20-12
2013 Music Cruises: Jazz, Blues and Rock
Most music cruises sail in the early months of the new year; January to March, so it's time to look and book.
New York Cruising Recovers from Sandy
It has taken a Herculean effort to keep New York running as a cruise port - post-Sandy
Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal Gets Busy
In one day two different cruise lines announce new cruises out of Houston's Bayport Cruise Terminal
New Cruise Safety Measures
Even more new safety measures and policies for cruise ships have just been adopted by CLIA
Norwegian to Upgrade Pride of America
The largest American-flagged cruise ships in service will get new suites, staterooms, public rooms and amenities
Book Your Hawaii Cruise Now
With the prices going up January 1st, it is time to book your Pride of America Hawaii cruise now
Royal Caribbean - New Wine Policy
Royal Caribbean now allows boarding guests to bring two bottles of wine or champagne aboard
More Carnival Sunshine Revealed
Carnival just opened up a new web-based reveal for Project Sunshine, the refurbished Carnival Destiny.
Crystal Offers Solo Cruiser Discounts
Single supplements as low as 10% make certain Crystal 2013 sailings very attractive to solo cruisers
Three CruiseMates Election Day Predictions
This is a very close race but we have our own Election Day certainties about the future of cruising.
Three Vital Cruise Purchase Tips
Hurricane Sandy shows us how cruise, insurance and airfare purchase decisions can have consequences.
Celebrity "Pop-Up" Restaurant in San Francisco
By Janice Wald Henderson Check your calendar for a chance to sample Celebrity Cruise-style cuisine in San Francisco Nov. 14 and 15.
Holland America 3-Star Michelin Chef Restaurant
by Janice Wald Henderson The new "Pop Up" Restaurant on the MS Rotterdam is inspired by Three-Star Michelin Chef Jonnie Boer.
Silversea Brings Back Best-fare Guarantees
The new "Silver Privilege" program offers guests a guaranteed, simple to understand, low-fare price structure with best price guarantees if the fare goes even lower.
Silversea Launches Silver Galapagos
by Janice Wald Henderson Silversea's second five-star expedition-focused cruise ship combines luxury with green tourism
New Ships for 2015
Three Cruise Lines Just Announced New Ships Coming in 2015 Time-frame
48 Hours in Beijing
by Janice Wald Henderson An Inside Guide to Exploring this Exotic City with just 48 hours before or after your cruise.
Cruise Week Sales on NOW
Cruise Week is an annual CLIA-sponsored event where all member cruise lines offer cruise booking incentives.
Best Caribbean Cruises for Winter 2013
A comparison of the best of the best cruise ships from the top three cruise lines
Norwegian Orders Brand New Ship
This new class of Breakaway-plus ship is a hefty 163,000-tons for just 4200 passenger berths
Cruise Lines Fight Agent Discounts
But the buyer will benefit with more clarity in cruise pricing
Bringing Baby on Your Cruise
What do various cruise lines offer to the parents of babies and toddlers six to 36-months?
Five Essential Tips for First-time Cruisers
How to find the best cruise ship for your personal style and save money.
Island Windjammers - Barefoot Cruising
by Jim Graham When the original Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went belly-up it left a strongly loyal following. One new company claims to recreate the original magic.   Go>
Time to Raise the Bar on Cruise Ships?
The time for the conversation on whether it should be made impossible to go overboard has arrived
15 Unexpectedly Essential Items for Your Cruise
Our own experienced CruiseMates devise a list of essential items to bring on every cruise   Go>
The New P & O Ship Looks Familiar
A close facsimile to the Royal Princess arriving in 2013
The Rise of E-Cruising
As predicted 13 years ago, every single cruise booking made today now has an Internet component
Social Media Cruise Contests
Here are two different social media platform cruise contests you can enter right now.
Royal Caribbean: A Third Oasis?
A Finnish newspaper is saying that Royal Caribbean is close to ordering a third vessel in the "Oasis" class.
Azamara Going All Inclusive in 2013
The "upscale" cruise line now includes on-shore adventures, beverages and gratuities in the cruise fare.
"Oceania Club" Loyalty Program Expanded
Oceania adds a new level for beginners and adds new perks to the upper levels of the Oceania Club
Royal Princess Reveals Top Secrets
New features on the top decks of Royal Princess will bring innovation to Princess Cruise Line
Cruise Conceptions - Myths, Lies or the Truth?
by Tim Rubacky Many of the things non-cruisers believe about cruising are not exactly accurate
Five Surprises Found on Cruises
Is a cruise is like an "all-inclusive vacation" with the added benefit of luxury travel, or the other way around?
Five Advantages of Cruise Vacations
Here are several advantages Cruises offer over typical vacations that you probably never heard before.
Princess: Best Alaska Shore Tours
Princess announces its top picks for the best regional tours - 2012 Alaska cruise season
Berlitz Guide for 2013 Arrives
Doug Ward's Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships is considered the cruise industry bible
Norwegian Breakaway Preview
All of the Norwegian Breakaway news in one place conveniently compiled for our readers.
Celebrity Reflection Conveyance
The fifth and final sister ship in the Celebrity Solstice class is the largest and most exciting vessel in the family.
Middle Eastern Ports of Call
With Anti-American sentiment growing, the question is whether local authorities can keep us safe
Secret Confessions of Cruise Ship Crew Members
What is it really like to live and work on a cruise ship? We look at the reality of "ship life."
Political Cruises for 2012
Have your own political ideas heard by the most popular political pundits on television.
September 11 and Cruising
How the cruise lines and ships responded to the 9/11 tragedy as it was happening.
Carnival Cruise Line's 9-11 Response
Corey Schmidt, cruise director for Carnival Cruise Line, tells us about 9-11 on his cruise ship sailing out of New York.
Pacific Princess 2013 World Cruise
Pacific Princess 2013 is the best world cruise itinerary I have ever seen, especially for under $20,000
SCUBA Cruising Guide
by Mike Keleher How to use regular cruise ships for exciting and exotic dive vacations - a special reader-submitted article for certified SCUBA enthusiasts.
Silversea to Host Michelin-Star Chefs
By Janice Wald Henderson CruiseMates Culinary Editor Silversea's guest chefs have serious cooking credentials on an international scale.
Barbie Goes Cruising!
Royal Caribbean just announced a major collaboration with Mattel to offer the "All New Barbie Premium Experience" aboard its ships.
Norwegian to Upgrade Pride of America
The largest American-flagged cruise ship in service will get new suites, staterooms, public rooms and amenities
SS United States Blue Riband Celebration
The Blue Riband for fastest Atlantic crossing will be on display for the first time in 60 years in a special commemoration ceremony in Newport News
Norwegian Breakaway: Peter Max Hull Revealed
Norwegian Cruise Line reveals the Peter Max hull artwork for Norwegian Breakaway set to debut in April of 2013
Carnival Stops Deck Chair Hogs Fleetwide
Carnival takes a new a system to recover deck chairs from people who save them surreptitiously fleetwide
Princess: No Failure to Rescue Fisherman
Princess says new photographic evidence shows the line was not guilty of failing to aid a vessel in danger.
Holland America Staterooms Ready at 11:30
This important premium boarding option is included in the cruise fare for everyone at one cruise line
Better Short Cruise Options
Better short cruise options include newer and better ships in the coming cruise season.
The Truth About Single Cruising
You can find romance on the high seas as long as your looking in all the right places.
Five Best Foreign Airlines For Food
By Janice Wald Henderson CruiseMates Culinary Editor Foreign carriers have long bested American airlines for quality cuisine and beverage service.
Holland America Fine Dining
Certain special dining events offered on every Holland America cruise are "not to be missed" attractions.
Celebrity Scoop: Top Chef Stars Aboard Constellation
By Janice Wald Henderson Bravo's beloved stars, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, will on the April 11-15, 2013 roundtrip Miami cruise onboard Celebrity Constellation.
Alaska Cruise Update 2012
My cruise to Alaska on Holland America yields nice surprises in wildlife sightings.
Crystal Taps Celeb Chefs Down Under, 2013
By Janice Wald Henderson, CruiseMates Culinary EditorThe luxury cruise line will take Aussie culinary stars on its Down Under cruises
Celebrity Reflection Emerges
The new Celebrity Reflection is floated out in Papenburg, Germany at the Meyer Werft Shipyard.
Make the Most of Your Alaska Cruise
See the best of everything this great state has to offer on your Alaska cruise.
Carnival to Offer Early Boarding for $49.95
A new program for early boarding, instant stateroom access and luggage upon arrival
Last Minute Celebrity Cruise Deals
Every Tuesday Celebrity updates its slate of best cruise deals for that week - go bargain hunting!
Hurricane Ernesto First of 2012
The first major Caribbean storm of 2012 shows how easily cruise ships can change itineraries to avoid rough seas.
The Real Guide to Cruises Under $200
The cheapest cruises come on brand-name cruise lines - not small lines you've never heard about. Don't get ripped off
New Legends Coming to Norwegian Epic
Michael Jackson, Donna Summer and Jimmy Buffet tributes arrive this November for the Caribbean cruise season
Carnival's System to Stop Chair Hogs
Carnival just started a system to recover deck chairs from people who save them surreptitiously
Seeing our Celebrity Reflection
Fifth and last of the Solstice-class, Celebrity Reflection, is the most unique sister of all.
Carnival Sunshine Redefines Destiny
The Carnival Destiny makeover into Carnival Sunshine incorporates elements of "FunShip 2.0."
Norwegian Buys Sixthman Productions
NCL acquired the most prolific music theme cruise production company last February - but didn't tell anyone!
Istanbul: Pre-cruise Destination Guide
By Janice Wald Henderson This historic crossroads of the world is a must-see destination for Eastern Mediterranean cruises
An Extreme Cruise Experience
This nuclear-powered "cruise ship" can literally take you to the top of the world
Important Travel Lesson - Passports
Your cruise can be denied for the simplest of reasons, like forgetting which pocket you placed your passport.
Seven Ways to Save On a Cruise
Take advantage of these helpful suggestions in order to get a great deal on your next cruise.
What is the Luxury Cruise Appeal?
Why do some people happily pay higher cruise fares for inclusive options they may never use?
Welcome Viking Ocean Cruises
The new luxury cruise line now has financing in place to build two or three new ships
Butch Begovitch - A Rising Star at Carnival
by Kuki This Carnival cruise director brings the entertainment of Fun Ship 2.0 to life.
New Cruise Ships for 2013
On overview of the next generation of cruise ships; Norwegian Breakaway, Royal Princess and Royal Caribbean's Project Sunshine.
Behind the Qsine
by Jason Leppert A behind the scenes look at the creation and operation of Celebrity Cruises' Qsine specialty restaurant.
Best Cruise Ships
by Janice Wald Henderson Big Apple's Geoffrey Zakarian will take on Norwegian Breakaway in a new venue for the line.
Another Celeb Chef Goes to Sea
The best ships for solo cruising, romance, travel, relaxation, entertainment, food, pampering, bargains and families.
Interview with Bob Dickinson
by Kuki Blitt Kuki spied the elusive former Carnival president sailing on the Breeze and managed to get an interview
Rock of Ages on Norwegian Breakaway
The hit Broadway show Rock of Ages has a new home on the high seas - Norwegian Breakaway coming April, 2013.

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