Do I need a passport to cruise?

By Thomas Faddegon

In light of heightened border security and thorough Transportation Security Administration (TSA) searches, it seems like a given that you need a passport to go on a cruise. Surprisingly enough, the cruise industry has a loophole that lets American passengers soak in the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean and other destinations without a passport on “closed-loop” sailings out of U.S. ports.

7 Rookie Mistakes First-Time Cruisers Make

By Heidi Sarna

If you’re new to cruising, don’t fall prey to these potential pitfalls. Here are the top nine mistakes cruise newbies make and how to avoid them for smooth sailing, from the minute you walk up the gangway for the first time to the moment you disembark:

The 5 Best Restaurants on Carnival Ships

By Sherri Eisenberg

Just how far has Carnival come from the days of bland buffets and wan salad bars? Well, if you book a cruise on one of the line’s newer ships, you’re bound to be pleasantly surprised. Not only are there more options than ever before, but many are a big upgrade from years past. Check out our favorites and see if you agree:


7 Popular Tourist Traps — and Where to Go Instead

By Bob Payne

Ever wonder why tourist traps are so popular? Sometimes, it’s as simple as name recognition, created by effective marketing, and a lack of knowledge about other choices.

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.

Get Smarter at Sea: Top Ships for Onboard Learning

By Heidi Sarna

Sure, cruises are all about taking it easy, ditching the diet and being pampered. But a cushy setting doesn't have to equal a mindless one. A cruise offers the perfect learning environment too.

5 Insider's Tips for Finding the Best Cruise Deals

By Heidi Sarna

Getting the best cruise deal boils down to luck—being at the right place at the right time—and strategy. Find the cruise of your dreams at a price you can brag about with these insider's tips.

How to See Southeast Asia By Boat

By Heidi Sarna

So you've decided you want to see the Far East by ship. Smart move: a cruise is an excellent way to get an overview of the region. From the stunning temples to the golden Buddhas, craft markets, rice fields and palm lined beaches, Southeast Asia is truly a feast for the senses.