You've spent months comparing itineraries, cabin types and shore excursions, and now, you're ready for the international cruise of a lifetime. But if you're cruising abroad, you could lose precious vacation time to travel sleepiness.
To help you avoid common blunders, like flying to your departure port on the same day your cruise embarks or neglecting to reserve shore excursions, we've come up with nine ways to ensure a gratifying vacation from start to finish.
Feeling chilly on a Caribbean cruise? Trust me, it can happen. Once you get out into the open sea blustery nights are common even in Caribbean waters, and they'll put the kibosh on a romantic evening stroll on deck faster than a case of Norovirus.
If you thought tipping was out of control in the United States, try heading out to sea. That's where Jane Greene discovered the tipping economy isn't just alive and well, it apparently sustains the crew of major cruise ships.
Getting seasick on a cruise can easily ruin your vacation. Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a seasoned one, it's important to know what you can do to ensure that rough seas don't banish you to your cabin. Here's what to pack (and do) before you set sail.