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18 Cruise Hacks

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 09.23.2015 | Travel
Dr. Irene S. Levine

Always pack a shawl or pashmina. Most restaurants and theaters on ships are air-conditioned and those venues can get chilly in the evenings. Shawls take up minimal space or weight in your suitcase and add a touch of elegance and color to evening outfits.

Gdansk, Poland: History in One Painting

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Gdansk, Poland is a city that many know as the place where shipyard worker Lech Walesa led the strikes and established the Solidarity Union that led to the end of Soviet control of the region.

Winter Cruising the Blues Away

Suzanne Fluhr | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Suzanne Fluhr

Now that Labor Day is in the record books, it's time to plan for winter survival if you live above about 39 degrees latitude in the northern hemisphere like I do as a denizen of Philadelphia. Every year, my Seasonal Affective Disorder seems worse. By February, I am wallowing in despair. I have learned that I need to preemptively plan a trip to somewhere warm. One option is a cruise.

10+ Ways to Celebrate YOUR Story

Susan Vernicek | Posted 09.04.2015 | Small Business
Susan Vernicek

Reflect back to the last 10 years of your life and write down all that has happened during each of those years; review what you have written and come up with a theme for those experiences. Okay, you don't HAVE to come up with themes, but I think it's a fun experiment.

The Official Boozing Policies for the High Seas

Map Happy | Posted 08.12.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

It's time we revisited cruise line alcohol policies so you don't get caught redhanded -- and God forbid, accidentally get the booze DESTROYED.

5 Things That Drive Cruisers Completely Insane | Posted 08.07.2015 | Travel

It's important for everyone else (including the parents of well-behaved kids) to complain and make it clear that it's better to risk upsetting a couple of bad parents than an entire ship.

What the Media Gets Completely Wrong About Cruising | Posted 07.02.2016 | Travel

There are plenty of myths about cruising floating around the internet: they're full of old people, there's nothing to do, and so on. Most of them are fairly harmless and easily disproven, but if you're a true lover of cruising, nothing irks you more than the media shining its sensationalist spotlight on your favorite vacation.

As You Grieve, Their Motto Is 'Your Loss'

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.27.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Marlene Eckert was looking forward to a spring river cruise in southern France, which included planned ports of call in scenic Lyon, Beaujolais, Arles and Avignon, along with an extension to Nice. But in January, her husband suffered a massive heart attack and died.

How to Be a Better Cruiser | Posted 05.30.2015 | Travel

Whether you're embarking on your first cruise vacation or have been at sea before, there are steps you can take to be a better cruiser. We gleaned these tips from talking with hotel directors, crew members, and passengers.

6 Cruises to Book Right Now

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

These are the cruise ships Condé Nast Traveler readers say they'd sail again (and again), in their own words. Plus, the cruise itineraries you should book right now.

Evolution of Darwin From Thrill-Seeking to Thought-Provoking

Christine Negroni | Posted 04.26.2015 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Its no secret; Australia is a country infested with things that will kill you. Or as humorist and Australiaphile Bill Bryson put it, "If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles."

5 Fabulous Disney Cruises for Families

MiniTime | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel

Disney Cruise Line offers kid-friendly, Broadway-style shows in the evenings, family-friendly programming, adults-only spots, and world-class kids' clubs for kids of all ages. Which itineraries are the best? They are all family-friendly, with plenty of options depending on where you want to leave from and where you want to visit.

Disney Cruise Line To Debut Special 'Star Wars' Days At Sea

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.12.2015 | Travel

Forget a galaxy far, far away -- Disney will soon be bringing “Star Wars” to a cruise ship near you. Disney announced this week that it will b...

European Destinations You Probably Didn't Know You Could Cruise To | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel

The Baltic region is a wonderland that blends the Old World and the strikingly modern. Here, our recommendations for the top 10 shore excursions in the area.

The 5 Craziest Cruise Ship Water Slides | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel

Cruise ship water slides have come a long way. Read on for the craziest innovations yet. - Photo by Carnival Cruise Lines If you’re the type of cru...

This Could Be the Future of Cruising | Posted 03.14.2015 | Travel

While we're excited by the innovations on new ships like Quantum of the Seas, it's hard not to wonder how dramatically different cruise ships will look 50 years from now.

Holiday Cruises-Put Passenger Safety First

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
Spencer Aronfeld

Most cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney and Celebrity deck the halls of their ships literally with holiday decorations and Christmas trees in their lobbies, restaurants and have massive gingerbread houses.

The Unusual Family Vacation Memory That Still Makes Me Laugh

Kevin B. Morrow | Posted 01.15.2015 | Fifty
Kevin B. Morrow

In 1976 we took a family vacation by car and one of the stops was Washington D.C.. After a full day of sightseeing in both Washington and Virginia, we checked in to our hotel and my mother -- always being prepared -- got out the AAA Guide Book for the city to find a place for dinner.

My Travel Adventures

Kathleen Maloney | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Kathleen Maloney

Traveling has given me so much and enriched my life in so many ways. It's the people I remember most.

A Cruise for Non-Cruisers: Five Pleasant Surprises in Norway

Kimberley Lovato | Posted 12.15.2014 | Travel
Kimberley Lovato

Last year I was walking with a friend along the water in my hometown of San Francisco and I stopped mid-conversation, gobsmacked to see a towering beh...

Are Cruise Lines Doing Enough to Protect You?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 11.26.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

What are cruise lines trying to avoid? A proposed law called the Cruise Passenger Protection Act. Among other things, the bill would compel cruise lines to offer customers a clear, upfront summary of the restrictive terms and conditions in cruise contracts.

Why the Happiest Place on Earth is Actually Copenhagen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel

Regularly topping official global happiness surveys, this compact historic city of 1.2 million offers such an irresistible mix of cozy storybook charm and 21st-century cool, you too may want to move here ... immediately.

7 Tips for Planning a Budget-Friendly Family Cruise

U.S. News Travel | Posted 06.16.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

Chances are, if you're not planning a summer trip that involves sinking your toes in the sand or sitting around a crackling campfire, you're contemplating taking a cruise.

Can a Cruise Line Pocket Your Airfare Refund?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.31.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

If you thought that reading the terms and conditions on your next travel purchase is enough to keep you out of trouble, meet Thomas Hanko.

9 Tricks to Saving $100 on Your Next Cruise

U.S. News Travel | Posted 05.26.2014 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

While slashing extra costs is important, some experiences on board and ashore are worth the splurge. But choosing when and where to pay extra -- without going overboard -- is no simple task.