Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of August 24, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week, including deals to South America plus early booking discounts from Viking River Cruises.

Behind the Scenes: The Creation of a Cruise Ship

By Heidi Sarna

There's no denying ships today are more homogenous than their ocean-liner ancestors, as cruise lines build ships in pairs, triplets, octoplets even, for obvious economic benefit.

Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of August 10, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week, including hot Norwegian Cruise Line deals plus a 'Kids Sail Free' special from MSC.

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A Feast of Fall Foliage Cruises to New England and Canada

By Heidi Sarna

This fall a boatload of ships are heading north to the waters of New England and eastern Canada, just in time for the leaves to turn.

Anchor's a Weigh on These Great Cruise Ship Gyms

By Heidi Sarna

It wasn't always this way, that cruise ships gyms were so over-the-top. Go back a decade or two and you were lucky if you had access to a couple of rusty treadmills and a rowing machine. Today, it's a different story.

Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of July 27, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week, including free air and free shore excursions for American passengers on 20 cruises from Peter Deilmann Cruises.

Stocking the Ship is no Small Feat

By Heidi Sarna

It's no secret cruises are famous for keeping passengers fat and happy. Though there are more healthy options on board than ever, from sushi to salads and fruit smoothies, no matter how you slice it there's a whole lot of eating going on.

Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of July 13, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week.

Far East, South Pacific and Down Under: More and More Cruise Lines Are Signing Up For These Exotic Cruises

By Heidi Sarna

It's an understatement to say the word exotic is sprinkled liberally in travel speak. Sure, one man's exotic is another man's run of the mill, but let's get real. Few can argue that the Far East and South Pacific are truly something else.

Ahoy, Savings! A Boatload of Cruise Deals in our Latest Roundup

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week.

Make Waves With Our Cruise Deals Roundup

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week.

Breaking the Bottle and Blessing the Ship: The Most Memorable Cruise Ship Godmothers

By Heidi Sarna

For as long as ships have been built, they've been ceremoniously blessed in one way or another. Wine, water and whiskey have been used to christen them, though go back far enough and animals and even humans were sacrificed in the name of appeasing the gods and protecting a new ship and her crew

Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of May 25, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Heidi Sarna reports on a last-minute Costa Cruises deal, low rates for Carnival Cruises plus we've got the cheapest deals currently available from major online discounters.

Steering Your Dreams Straight to the Bridge

By Heidi Sarna

For most people, being served pina coladas by the pool is as good as it gets. They don't aspire to be more than a passenger on a pleasure cruise. A few others, though, are more ambitious. They need to drive the ship.

Full Steam Ahead: This Week's Best Cruise Deals

By Heidi Sarna

Heidi Sarna reports on a last minute Windjammer deal, low rates for China plus we print the cheapest deals currently available from major online discounters.

Overboard Bathrooms: The Best at Sea

By Heidi Sarna

We can't live without 'em of course, and the cruise lines of the world seem to realize just how important bathrooms are, sinking time and money into designing user friendly, attractive loos.

Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of April 27, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week.

Frommer's Ship Review: More Than Meets the Eye on the Noordam

By Heidi Sarna

It's a refreshing alternative to ships that try too hard to 'wow' passengers with wacky gimmicks. You won't find a surfing machine or a bowling alley on this ship, but instead spacious public areas and cabins in pleasing, easy-on-the eyes color schemes.

Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of April 13, 2006

By Heidi Sarna

Heidi Sarna reports on buy-one-get-one-half-off deals from Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, discounts on Peter Deilmann Cruises for Europe and South American, plus we print the cheapest deals currently available from major online discounters.

Reel in the Deals on Cruises: Discount Rates Available on Outings Through Next Winter

By Heidi Sarna

Be it a classic Caribbean itinerary, a long float down the Amazon, an active adventure to Alaska or even a European coastal jaunt, we've rounded up the best prices for whatever floats your boat.

A Bermuda Cruise is a Breeze from the East Coast

By Heidi Sarna

A great cruise, without flying anywhere first, is my idea of travel nirvana. If you live near New York, Boston, Philadelphia or Baltimore, British-flavored Bermuda fits the bill.

Size Matters: We Take Measure of Boats Small, Medium, Large and Then Some

By Heidi Sarna

The majority of cruise ships out there are huge, bustling affairs that sail 7-night (or shorter) cruises to warm weather destinations. Plenty of people love the buzz of big. But if the idea of being at sea appeals to you, but not on an airplane-hangar sized ship with 3,000 others, don't give up hope. There are small and medium-sized ships out there as well.

All Hands on Deck: Deals to Let you Cruise for Far Less

By Heidi Sarna

Oceania offers discounts on Mediterranean itineraries; Carnival pitches special upgrades, twofers and free airfare; test evolutionary theory yourself with sails to the Galapagos -- plus our usual round-up of the best deals from big-box agencies.

See the Sea for Good and Cheap: Some Rates Fall to $53 a Day

By Heidi Sarna

You'll find the absolute best, rock-bottom prices and itineraries in this regular roll-call of cruise deals.

Old Dogs Learn New Tricks: Themes Refresh the Typical Cruise Shtick

By Heidi Sarna

If you need a little incentive to get jazzed up about the idea of cruise vacation, then a themed itinerary may be that extra push you need.