Cruise ship spas are all the rage these days. A ship's spa is now as vital as its buffet line, craps table and showgirls. Cruise line execs and designers are well aware that spas are an expected amenity that needs to impress.
Well-worn routes are fine for new cruisers who haven't seen the same handful of Caribbean ports before or for those who could care less where the ship's going. But for veterans who have been there, done that; we've got other options.
It turns out that the new 2,620-passenger Queen Mary 2, which just made her grand debut in NYC a few weeks ago, is a great ship for families with children.
Cruise expert Heidi Sarna examines the new ocean liner from stem to stern.
If you happen to be a civilized teen looking to cruise solo with a friend or two, you're basically out of luck. Here are the age policies of the major lines.
We report on Holland's recommended onboard tipping policies, NCL's ship renaming and new itineraries, pre-booking spa appointments online and celebrity lectures rosters.
It's a different story these days with luxury cruises going for half the typical fare from five years ago.
To keep the peace as more families cruise with teens, cruise lines are designing bigger and better teen hangout areas to accommodate them.
You can find yourself squeezing onto sweaty buses and shuffling with the masses to some over-crowded attraction; Europe's top spots are jammed with tourists in the summer. Is there a better way? Sure is -- if you're willing to pay the price.
Though a cruise can be among the most convenient vacations for families with kids under two, before you take the plunge, be sure to choose a baby-friendly ship.