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:
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.
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.
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.
This small-ship line has two paddle wheelers plying U.S. rivers. Are either right for your next vacation? Read on to find out.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Want to relax? Here are nine ways to help you score a spa deal while on a cruise.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Who's discounting what to where from all the major lines for routes in the Caribbean, Europe, the Pacific, and other itineraries.
Book a Regent Seven Seas cruise before prices increase in 2011, plus more affordable cruise deals in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Asia.
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.
Here's what to look for when shopping in Bali, Florence, French Polynesia, Cozumel, St. Thomas, and other destinations around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Matching your tastes and personality to the right cruise ship isn't so hard if you ask yourself these simple questions.
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.