Cruise Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Tipping While Traveling by Rich Thomaselli Photo: Shutterstock.com It’s always one of the more interesting conundrums of traveling, either domestically or abroad – whom do you tip, when, and how much? Here are some guidelines...

Best Cabin Placement on Any Cruise Ship By Dori Saltzman Cruise Critic Senior Editor
How to Choose the Best Cabin on a Cruise Ship

by Linda Garrison of cruises.about.com Planning a cruise vacation involves many decisions. One of the most difficult is how to choose the best cabin type and location for your budget and lifestyle interests. When looking at cruise ship layouts and decks either online or in brochures, those planning a...
17 Epic Cruise Fails

by cruisecritic.com Think forgetting to pack underwear for a cruise is just a rookie mistake? It's easy to point the finger at new cruisers, but you'd be surprised. Even the most experienced cruisers and scrupulous planners endure face-palm moments. And chances are, you can recall one of your own. That's...
8 Steps to Stress-Free Travel

by cruisecritic.com The old adage that "getting there is half the fun" no longer applies to traveling to and from cruise ports. Indeed, with air travel becoming more expensive, more of a hassle and more stressful, there's no way for most us that the journey is anywhere near...
10 Things Not to Do on a Cruise Shore Excursion

by cruisecritic.com The day has arrived for that cruise excursion you've been eagerly anticipating. You can finally check zip-lining through the rainforest or sailing a luxury sailboat to a private beach off your bucket list. Before you grab your fanny pack, slip on sunglasses and head over to your...
Keep these things in mind while packing your toiletry kit.

Practicing good hygiene is always a good idea, but bringing every toiletry you own on a trip is impractical. While you should feel confident the cruise you're on will have at least the basics aboard, it's always nice to have toiletries you normally use. Keep...
Get the most out of your time ashore during port calls.

Going on a cruise gets passengers closer to the sea, sure, but there's also plenty to do on shore during port calls. It can be tricky to find the time to do everything you want to do while on land, especially with the brief...
Cold weather cruises are becoming more popular because of the breathtaking  views they provide.

Although many people only associate cruises with warm climates, it's becoming more and more common to take cold-weather cruises. You might be asking yourself: Why would anyone ever choose the cold over a cruise in the sun? Many choose to take cruises to colder regions...
The ports you visit will be a lot of fun, but will also have some potential risks.

We've given you plenty of tips for how to stay safe while on a cruise ship. But you're not just going to stay cooped up onboard the entire time - eventually, you'll make it out to a port, where there could be just as...