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9 Top Cruise Ports for Getting in the Mood

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 10/11/2016, 3:45 PM

Cruises by nature can be super romantic, and while every cruise port isn't hot, there are plenty that sizzle....

How to Pick the Best Cruise Itinerary

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 08/07/2015, 5:00 PM

Thinking about taking a cruise, but not sure which one is right for you? Check out our handy evaluation of the most common routes — and their strengths and weaknesses:...

Which cruise should I take: Caribbean or Bahamas?

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 05/01/2015, 5:00 PM

Both the Caribbean and the Bahamas have stretches of sand that appeal to beach bums of all ages. Party animals can swig drinks from beach bars at sundown, while couch potatoes happily roast on the sand and sporty types windsurf. The big difference is location: The Bahamas are a lot closer to Florida and offer more weekend cruise options. And they’re cheaper. Why? It takes less fuel to get to the Bahamas, and the cruise lines usually position their older ships on the weekend runs. Read on for our full comparison:...

Which cruise should I take: Disney or Norwegian?

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 04/24/2015, 3:00 PM

Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line are both great choices for families, with flexible dining options, shows, and activities for all ages, plus movie and TV characters doing meet and greets around the ships. One major difference is price: Disney will almost always cost more. Read on to vote for your favorite line and see our selections:...

Which cruise should I take: Western or Eastern Caribbean?

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 03/27/2015, 3:00 PM

Looking at cruise brochures, it can be hard to differentiate between the various Caribbean itineraries. But once you know what you’re looking at, distinct differences emerge. Here, we compare the most popular two routes — Eastern and Western — to see how they stack up:...

Which cruise should I take: Carnival or Norwegian?

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 03/20/2015, 4:00 PM

These two cruise lines have a lot in common: huge ships that attract families with kids, as well as couples and singles. Their appeal boils down to plenty of choices and features like water slides, climbing walls, and ropes courses. On both fleets, the vibe is casual, and the price is low. Similarities aside, Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Line have their differences too. Read on to vote for your favorite, and see our selections:...

9 Tips for Cruising With Small Children

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 11/10/2014, 12:00 PM

Cruises are great family vacations because kids are catered to as well as adults. Most ships offer supervised activities, and the biggest vessels have several spacious playrooms geared to different age groups, each with their own age-appropriate toys, electronic gaming, and furniture — there are even bathrooms with miniature toilets and sinks. If you’re the parent of a young child and are eager to cruise because you’ll have lots of time to do your own thing, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with these pointers first: 

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7 Rookie Mistakes First-Time Cruisers Make

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 09/19/2014, 2:00 PM

If you’re new to cruising, don’t fall prey to these potential pitfalls. Here are the top nine mistakes cruise newbies make and how to avoid them for smooth sailing, from the minute you walk up the gangway for the first time to the moment you disembark:

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How to Choose a Caribbean Itinerary

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 05/30/2014, 4:00 PM

Cruise itineraries in the Caribbean are divided by eastern, southern, and western options. For cruisers who haven't sailed these warm waters, the designations  which are a construct of the cruise industry rather than actual regions  can be confusing. Here's what you need to know to determine which route is best for you:...

Cruise Ship Safety: What to Expect in a Muster Drill

By Heidi Sarna

Posted on 01/24/2012, 12:00 AM

The tragedy aboard Costa Concordia has focused the spotlight on the industry's safety and evacuation procedures for cruise passengers. Two experts offer their insider's take on muster drills and how to be prepared for onboard emergencies....

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