Family Cruising 101: Book everything early

Family Cruising: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Cruise Vacations with Kids

By Candyce H. Stapen

Here's the only guide to planning megaship vacations with your kids that you'll ever need.
The Navigator of the Seas Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas: A Photo Tour

By Frommer's Staff

A look at the revamped cruise ship's water slides, escape room, dining options, and more

Richard Branson Touts His New Cruise, But What Is it Like, Asks Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/13/2019, 8:00 AM

You can count on Sir Richard Branson to market his new ocean-going cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, in an utterly unique fashion—and that’s what he has now done.     Springing the funds for a costly, full-page New York Times ad, he has used that extravagant space to appeal to residents of South Dakota, of all places—because, he claims, South Dakota is the only state in America that has not yet...

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Our Travel Podcasts: Travel Bans and Flight Plans

By Ben Appel

Posted on 06/11/2019, 12:00 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Last week, the Trump Administration surprised Americans—and the travel industry—by banning all educational and cultural tours, known as "people-to-people" trips, as well as a...

In Wake of Cuba Ban, Norwegian Cruise Line Slashing Prices to Bahamas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2019, 12:00 AM

On the day that the Trump Administration abruptly banned all sailings to Cuba last week, some 800,000 travelers were left holding cruise reservations to the island nation for the coming months, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group.  The cruise lines quickly issued cancellation and change policies, followed as rapidly by pretty remarkable deals to fill...

Here Are the Major Cruise Lines' Policies on Cuba Cancellations

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 06/05/2019, 6:00 PM

Tens of thousands of people are holding tickets for cruises to Cuba that, in a snap of a finger, the Trump Administration has said they now can't use. Here are the cruise companies' current policies—verbatim—on what to do if you have booked a Cuba-bound cruise with them. Norwegian Cruise Line   As you know, yesterday the United States government announced new and immediate travel restric...

Do Travelers Lose Their Moral Compasses on the Road? A Surprising Study

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/29/2019, 7:00 AM

My friend Deborah "borrowed" her favorite wool blanket from a hotel when she went on a business trip. Shannon, another pal, put her able-bodied daughter in an airport wheelchair to jump to the front of a Southwest Airlines boarding line so they could snag seats together. And Dave, a charming guy I know from college, owns a cane for the sole purpose of limping into airports so he can plausibly c...

Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

Royal Caribbean's CocoCay: What to Expect, How to Prepare

By Jason Cochran

Royal Caribbean's $250 million upgrade to its private island in the Bahamas is impressive. But it requires some planning.
Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy Ride: A Tour of the Go-Kart-Topped Cruise Ship

By Zac Thompson

Originally used for Asian itineraries, the Norwegian Joy has been reassigned to North America's West Coast, following a $50 million makeover. Here's what's onboard.  

Get Elite Status Perks without Elite Status

Don’t Have Elite Status? Fake It and Get Free Upgrades with These Tips

By Ramsey Qubein

Don't travel enough to have awards status? There are still some strategies you can use to make your next trip more comfortable.

Travel Podcasts: Cruising, California, Cuba, and Kentucky

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2019, 10:30 AM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  Hosts Pauline Frommer and Jason Cochran cover a lot of ground this week—but they start out on the water, chatting with cruising expert and Frommer's guidebook author Fran Gold...

Arthur Frommer: River Cruises Are Rushing to Attract Younger Passengers

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/07/2019, 12:00 AM

When I went on my first river cruise (a sailing of Europe’s Rhine), I was almost the youngest person aboard. And if you’ve seen a recent photograph of me, you will know what the average age of those passengers was.   In the past, river cruises were almost entirely booked by elderly people, many in their seventies and eighties.    That’s now changing. Led by AmaWaterways, the pioneer in...

Floating Hotel Debuts in Edinburgh, Near the Queen's Old Yacht

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/11/2019, 10:00 AM

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been a yachtless monarch since the 1997 decommissioning of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, which was eventually sent to the Port of Leith in Edinburgh to serve as a tourist attraction.  Today, visitors to that Scottish city with the frequently mispronounced name can see the decks, surprisingly modest bedrooms, galley, and state dining room of a ship used by the roy...

Explorers at Heart Ought to Consider a Hurtigruten cruise, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/08/2019, 12:00 AM

Let’s say you’ve cruised the Caribbean on several forgettable occasions. You’ve also cruised the Mediterranean and made one memorable sailing in Asia.  You’re eager now for a completely different kind of seagoing experience. Hurtigruten is for you. On its ships, you won’t find casinos or water slides. You won’t be asked to abide by a dress code. Your fellow passengers will be unpretentious a...

Arthur Frommer: Carnival Cruises Adds a Whiff of Vulgarity to the Ocean

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/03/2019, 12:00 AM

In a triumphant press release, Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it will be adding an above-deck roller coaster to its new cruise ship, the Mardi Gras, largest ever built, when it makes its debut in about a year from now.  The roller coaster will hurl its riders, on occasion, to speeds of greater than 40 miles an hour as it swoops over the open sea or around the central funnel of the ship...

Paros, Greece

Places to Visit in Europe in Summer: Great Vacation Ideas

By Frommer's Staff

If you need a cheap European destination for June, July, August, or September, you have to get creative. From beaches to festivals, our continent-spanning roundup of Europe's warm-weather destinations will help you have the best summer vacation ever.  

Alaska glaciers you can reach without a cruise

Where to See Alaska Glaciers Without Taking a Cruise

By Kris Capps

Ice caves, glacier walks, and the best ways to watch calving: You don’t have to board a tour boat or a cruise ship to get close to Alaskan glaciers. You can reach these by road or rail.

Pauline Frommer: Come Travel with Me in Vietnam this February

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/11/2018, 12:00 AM

Every other year, I host a trip for listeners of the Frommer's radio shows and the readers of our guides. And these tours are, I must say, very special experiences. There's nothing like hitting the road with Frommer's fans. They're an intelligent, gregarious, open-hearted bunch, people who are deeply enamored with travel, and who have been broadened by their own wanderings. I'm also quite caref...

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019 by Pauline Frommer

The Trends That Will Shape Travel in 2019

By Pauline Frommer

What will travel hold in the coming year? We asked a wide variety of travel experts to share their thoughts.

Historic Delta Queen to Resume Cruising U.S. Rivers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2018, 4:00 PM

The Delta Queen riverboat will once again cruise American waterways.  A floating National Historic Landmark, the 1920s-era vessel has been docked in Chattanooga, Tennessee, since 2008 due to a law banning overnight cruises on wooden ships.  But a bipartisan measure exempting the Delta Queen from that prohibition was approved by Congress, clearing the way for multiday excursions aboard the histor...

The Celebrity Edge photo tour

The Celebrity Edge: A Tour of the New Pinnacle of Cruise Ship Design

By Jason Cochran

Have a look around the new (2018) Celebrity Edge, a modern breed of cruise ship.

Smoke on a Carnival Cruise and You Could Get Kicked Off the Ship

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/27/2018, 12:00 AM

Carnival Cruise Line is getting stricter with passengers who light up at sea.  The company has updated its tobacco and marijuana smoking policy to include the possibility of removal from the ship for guests caught smoking in staterooms, suites, or on cabin balconies.  Any other passengers staying in the offender's room will have to leave, too, and nobody will get refunds for unused cruise fare. ...

Summer River Cruises in Europe May Now Present Problems, Says Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/15/2018, 12:00 AM

Should you book a European river cruise that takes place in summer? Maybe not.   Next summer’s cruise passengers are expected to encounter problems because of an unusually hot season in Europe.   The result of that torrid weather has been low water levels in isolated parts of European rivers, requiring that cruise companies alter or even cancel itineraries. They cannot operate their ships wher...

Windstar Cruises: The Star Pride Introduction

Windstar's Star Pride: A Photo Tour

By Pauline Frommer

Take a photo tour of Windstar's Star Pride boat—with our candid opinions about it.
family-friendly multi-generational trip ideas

Best Multigenerational Trips: Family-Friendly Vacation Ideas

By Candyce H. Stapen

Multigenerational trips are a rising travel trend. These diverse ideas offer vacations that your extended family will remember for all the right reasons.