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The Low-Down on Cruise Ship Gratuities

Tips should be discretionary. So why do most cruise lines levy a daily surcharge for gratuities?


7 Things We Love About Cruise Ship Vacations

Why we look forward to packing our bags before every cruise.


Is Now the Time to Book a Carnival Cruise?

Carnival is suffering from bad PR at the moment. Bargain-hunters are finding big savings for upcoming cruises.


Australia and New Zealand: A Quick Guide for Cruisers

Traveling Down Under is a bucket list item. Discover the top ports and cruise lines for Australia and New Zealand.

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All-You-Can-Drink Packages Gaining Popularity

Several major cruise lines now offer optional all-you-can-drink packages. Party on?

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Mexican Riviera: A Quick Guide for Cruisers

A vacation destination of staggering beauty and diversity

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The door inches open to more relaxed BYOB rules

As Royal Caribbean announces more liberal policies for bringing wine onboard, how do major cruise lines compare?


Six Need-to-Know Tips Before Booking Your First Cruise

It's the skinny on the main dining room, a guarantee cabin, onboard credits and more.

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The roster of new ships suddenly gets longer

Companies are readying plans for new vessels. With the economy gaining traction, are more new builds on the way?

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Cruise Ship Renovations: The Complete Schedule

A handy guide to every cruise ship's scheduled renovation, broken down by line and class.


Cruise Ship Brands: Which is the right one for you?

There are distinguishing characteristics that define each of the major cruise lines. Here's how to tell them apart.

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Southern Caribbean: A Quick Guide for Cruisers

A quick-guide for the sites and activities of the Southern Caribbean region and its seaports.