Cruise Tips

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...
It's good to let loose every now and then, but you need to be considerate of other passengers.

Setting off on a cruise gives you the chance to meet and get to know a menagerie of quirky and colorful individuals. It's an experience you simply can't get by taking a plane, train or car ride. Not all of these personalities are positive, however....
Take these tips on board if you need to some alone time on your cruise.

On the one hand, cruises are all about adventure. They're about imprinting new, incredible sights onto your memory and experiencing fresh new flavors you never imagined existed. On the other hand, there's only so much adventure and excitement our bodies and minds can handle. We...