Among Americans Fearful of Violence in Europe, There Appears to Be a Movement to Book Cruise Vacations in Areas Closer to Home

By Arthur Frommer

For cruisers with security concerns, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean might be the safest bets.

Relaxing in a hammock on the beach in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Aug. 9, 2012

Save on transatlantic cruise itineraries, get post-cruise hotel stays, and enjoy prepaid gratuities on cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Hawaii, New England, and more.
The Royal Princess

Royal Princess Photo Slideshow

Princess Cruises' Royal Princess was christened in 2013 by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. Here's a close look at this state-of-the-art cruise ship.
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The protected beach of Hanauma Bay offers unparalleledsnorkeling and scuba diving with spectacular marine life and coral.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Aug. 23, 2012

Get a pre-cruise hotel stay, complimentary prepaid gratuities, and other perks on cruises in Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, and more.
Carnival Magic's La Cucina del Capitano.

Cruise Cuisine: Specialty Restaurants Worth the Splurge

Specialty restaurants on cruise ships are tempting alternatives to bland buffets. Don't miss these 10 great-value dining experiences on Royal Caribbean, Princess, Disney, and other cruise lines.
The toy-sized adventure that charmed audiences in the Disney/Pixar blockbuster film "Toy Story" comes to life in the all-new stage spectacular "Toy Story - The Musical" aboard the Disney Wonder.

Cruise Shows: 7 Best Entertainment Acts at Sea

By Heidi Sarna

From acrobats to ice-skaters, you'll find more than traditional musicals and revues aboard these cruises from Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Disney, and Carnival.
Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway Photo Slideshow

By Jason Cochran

Come aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Getaway, sister ship to the Breakaway

Party Cruises: 10 Weekend Getaways at Sea

Make happy hour last all weekend by booking one of these 2- or 3-night party cruises from Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, and other U.S. ports.

Disney Does Alaska: A Toddler's Take on Cruising

Disney's first-ever cruise to Alaska is tested out by a cruise writer's toddler. Will Disney Wonder pass the kid test? Find out what works and what doesn't.

Best Cruises for Beer Lovers

Each of these cruise lines is raising the bar with craft brews, beers on tap, and local choices that reflect the destinations on your cruise itinerary.
Cyclists in front of the Acropolis, Athens

World's 10 Best Historic Cruise Ports

Check out these 10 cities in Europe, Asia, and North America that are close enough to the cruise docks to warrant a day trip.

Oceania's Marina: A Cruise Ship Fit for Foodies

Among all the diversions and swanky amenities, Oceania Cruises' "Marina" has the only hands-on teaching kitchen at sea.

Disney Dream: A Magical Kingdom at Sea

A cruise lover's guide to Disney mania aboard Disney Cruise Line's Disney Dream.
A zipline lets passengers fly nine stories about the Boardwalk neighborhood, starboard to port.

Best Cruise Ships for Kids

With so many cruises to choose from, how do you know which ship is best for your family? These 23 family-friendly cruise ships pack in ice-skating rinks, water parks, and more.
Southeast Alaska from the stern of Cruise West's <em>Spirit of Endeavour</em>

10 Great Alaskan Small-Ship Cruises

Here are 10 of the best lines that sail in Alaska, the Canadian Inside Passage, and other parts of coastal British Columbia.
The schooner Timberwind.

Tall Ship Adventures Bring Small-Scale Pleasures

See what it's like to cruise aboard a tall ship in Maine, Canada, Alaska, and the Caribbean.
Southeast Alaska from the stern of Cruise West's <em>Spirit of Endeavour</em>

Cruisetours of the World: Seeing the Planet by Ship

Here is a primer to both the most popular and most distinctive cruisetours in some of the world's most popular sailing regions.
Summer cruise to Geirangerfjord on Jewel of the Seas.

Iconic Cruise Itineraries: 10 Wondrous Journeys

Ten fantastic regions that have a combination of natural beauty and cultural richness that make them perfect destinations for sea travel.

10 Megaships That Live Up to Their Hype

The Oasis of the Seas isn't the only floating giant. Get a glimpse of Celebrity Solstice, Queen Mary 2, and 7 other megaships that deliver.
People relaxing at a park along the river, Basel

10 Best River Cruises

What's the difference between cruising on the Rhine and Rhone? Check out these 10 best river and barge cruises to find out.
Marina at Vouliagmeni, a picturesque peninsula, situated on the eastern edge of Athens

10 Best Mediterranean Cruise Ports

From Athens to Villefranche-sur-Mer: The top 10 Mediterranean ports for casual cruisers and cultural explorers alike.
Antarctica.

Cruise to Antarctica: 11 Views of the Continent

Antarctica -- hear the word, and you picture a world of ice, snow, and the plucky penguins that thrive in its extreme conditions.
First of all, the good news: Norovirus is very rarely deadly. It's more like a rotten hangover marked by a few days of nausea and, in some people, vomiting.  The biggest risk, mostly to the eldery and infants, is dehydration. Norovirus can break out wherever people gather and mingle—schools, dorms, nursing homes—and ships with spotless cleanliness ratings can still fall victim to an outbreak.<br><br>It's also extremely common—only the cold is more prevalent. The <em>Explorer of the Seas</em> (above) set a record for the number of cases, but keep in mind that it's one of the larger ships afloat—when it was launched in 2000, it was in <em>the</em> largest class of cruise ship afloat—so there are more people cooped up and more to make queasy.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise Ship

By Jason Cochran

What can you do to avoid the norovirus? How can you tell if a ship is dirty? And should you cancel your trip if your ship had an outbreak?
Royal Caribbean's megaship Quantum of the Seas was so named because its designers wanted it to represent "a quantum leap forward."

Cool Stuff Aboard the Quantum of the Seas

By Jason Cochran

Royal Caribbean's megaship Quantum of the Seas was so named because its designers wanted it to represent "a quantum leap forward." These weird and wonderful features are their way of breaking from the traditional cruise ship mold.
An exterior shot of the Disney Cruise Ship, Magic

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Magic

Disney's original cruise ship, Disney Magic, is packed with attractions for all ages. Take a photo tour with us.