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.

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.
advertisement
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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?
The Gokstad ship in The Vikingskiphuset in Norway.

7 Time-Capsule Ships You Shouldn't Miss Visiting

By Holly Hughes

Exploring, raiding, carrying precious cargo, fighting pitched battles at sea—throughout the ages, these oceangoing vessels have shaped human history.
Historic Caribbean hurricane season track map

When is Hurricane Season? A Worldwide Guide

By Jason Cochran

When is hurricane season in the Caribbean, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean? Save your beach vacation with our month-by-month guide to the typhoons and cyclones of the world.
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.
The Disney Dream at Sea

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Dream

The Disney Dream boasts theme-park style thrills, premier nightlife for adults, and Disney inspired family activities. Take a photo tour with us.
Cruisers tanning at the stern of a boat.

What We Wish They'd Told Us About Cruises Before We Went

By Pauline Frommer

Cruising is not a dummy-proof vacation. If you choose the wrong ship, or don't plan properly for a number of items, and you could find yourself literally at sea on your vacation.
An AmaWaterways ship passes Passau, Germany

The World's Best River Cruises—Which One Should You Choose?

By Fran Golden and Michelle Baran

Our picks for the best river cruise ships and itineraries in 12 categories
Regent Seven Seas Explorer.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer: Is this 'The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Ever Built'?

By Jason Cochran

Regent Seven Seas, which built the Explorer in 2016, made some bold claims about it being "the most luxurious" ever. Is it? Have a look and decide for yourself.
Harmony of the Seas

The World's Biggest Cruise Ship: Harmony of the Seas

By Jason Cochran

Royal Caribbean's ship Harmony of the Seas began sailing in May of 2016—take a photo tour of the largest cruise ship on Earth (for now).
Viking Sea under sail

The Viking Sea: A Photo Tour

By Jason Cochran

A photo tour of Viking Cruises' second oceangoing ship, the intimate Viking Sea.
Exploring Norway with Hurtigruten

Exploring Norway's Fjords and Northern Lights with Hurtigruten

By Melissa Klurman

Hurtigruten's ship journey up the western Nordic coast started as a ferry route in the 1800s and has been called the most scenic cruise in the world. So what’s it like traveling a ferry route up the coast of Norway?