2014 Bon Voyage Awards

By Frommer's Staff

Bon Voyage magazine announces the winners of its first annual cruise awards. This year, it convened a panel of crack cruise writers — travelers who eat, sleep, and breathe ships — to see what impressed them most of all.

5 Tips for Booking a Cruise at the Right Time

By Sunshine Flint

When is the best time to buy your cruise? There are a number of factors to consider — from time of year you want to travel to the region you’re sailing — before pulling out your credit card.

Everything You Need to Know About American Queen Steamboat Co.

By Sherri Eisenberg

This small-ship line has two paddle wheelers plying U.S. rivers. Are either right for your next vacation? Read on to find out.


How to Make Your Tiny Cabin Feel Like a Castle

By Jenna Mahoney

While cruise ships are lauded for their activities, entertainment, and food options aplenty, they aren’t exactly known for spacious accommodations. Just because you’ve booked the smallest stateroom doesn’t mean you have to feel confined. These seven tips will help you maximize your space.

How to Choose a Caribbean Itinerary

By Heidi Sarna

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:

5 Cruise Cabin Locations You Really Don’t Want

By Sherri Eisenberg

I’m a light sleeper a very light sleeper. If you’re like me, choosing a hotel room’s location is extremely important … and cruise ship cabin real estate is even more vital. After all, you don’t often spend a week at one hotel, but you do on a ship. Here are a few cabin location proximities to avoid:

4 Things You Need to Know About Getting a Bargain on Your Next Cruise

By Sherri Eisenberg

Booking a cruise is complicated — prices change based on cabin availability, and determining whether you’re getting the best deal is tough. Here, our best advice for booking the ship you want at the best price.

Cruise Ship Safety: What to Expect in a Muster Drill

By Heidi Sarna

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.

How to Get the Best Spa Experience at Sea

By Heidi Sarna

Want to relax? Here are nine ways to help you score a spa deal while on a cruise.

Drinks at Sea: Should You Buy a Beverage Package on a Cruise?

By Heidi Sarna

Use this guide to help calculate if a drinks package -- or à la carte pricing for bottled water, sodas, and alcohol -- makes more financial sense for your cruise.

5 Ways to Score Summer Cruise Deals

By Heidi Sarna

Airfares to Europe are soaring, yet summer cruise fares there have dropped by as much as 30%. Cruise specialists weigh in on how to find summer cruise deals in Europe and beyond.

A Guide to Cruise Gratuities: Has Cruise Tipping Gone Overboard?

By Heidi Sarna

The pressure to tip cruise staff is more prevalent than ever. From porters and bartenders to fitness instructors and massage therapists, who should you tip, and how?

How to Lose Weight on a Cruise: 9 Smart Ways

By Heidi Sarna

For cruisers who face tempting buffets and endless desserts, these nine tips reveal healthy dining options and fun ways to stay active while on a cruise.

Cruise Deals for the Week of December 23, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

Who's discounting what to where from all the major lines for routes in the Caribbean, Europe, the Pacific, and other itineraries.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Dec. 9, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

Book a Regent Seven Seas cruise before prices increase in 2011, plus more affordable cruise deals in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Asia.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Nov. 11, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

Nab a deal on Royal Caribbean's newest megaship Allure of the Seas or Costa Cruises' Mediterranean itineraries, plus find more discounts from cruise specialists.

What to Buy in Ports Around the World

By Heidi Sarna

Here's what to look for when shopping in Bali, Florence, French Polynesia, Cozumel, St. Thomas, and other destinations around the world.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Oct. 28, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

Buy one 7-night Caribbean cruise, get the second week free from MSC Cruises; sale prices on Costa Cruises in the Middle East; and more discounts from top cruise specialists.

How to Plan a Successful Group Cruise

By Heidi Sarna

Can five adults and four kids survive a Mexican Riviera cruise without getting on each other's nerves? Whether you're traveling by land or by sea, use these tips to plan a successful group trip.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Oct. 14, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

Book now for discounts on South Pacific and Greek Isles sailings, plus nab a spot on Royal Caribbean's newest megaship Allure of the Seas.

9 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Choose a Cruise

By Heidi Sarna

Matching your tastes and personality to the right cruise ship isn't so hard if you ask yourself these simple questions.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Sept. 23, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

A last-minute European Waterways barge cruise in time for viewing fall foliage, an onboard credit on Royal Caribbean's new megaship Allure of the Seas, and more cruise discounts.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Sept. 9, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

South Pacific sailings from Regent Seven Seas with half-off select single supplements, a transatlantic spring cruise for less than $1,000 from Costa Cruises, and more money-saving deals from top specialists.

Cruise Deals for the Week of Aug. 26, 2010

By Heidi Sarna

Nickelodeon-themed cruises aboard two Norwegian ships, a Cunard sale, and more cruise discounts from top agencies.