Photo Slideshow: 9 Top Cruise Ports for Getting in the Mood

By Heidi Sarna

Cruises by nature can be super romantic, and while every cruise port isn't hot, there are plenty that sizzle.

How to Go Green on Your Next Cruising Vacation

By Heidi Sarna

You don't have to leave your good habits in your home port: There's a lot passengers can do to reduce waste and energy use. So go ahead, heed these basic tips. It's easy to be green.

Shore Bets: 6 Chesapeake Summer Destinations

By Mary K. Tilghman

The moment the summer sun comes out, boats ship out to waterside Maryland towns. A boat's not necessary, though -- almost all of them are less than 90 minutes from the Bay Bridge by car.

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The Able Traveler: Accessible Beaches for Everyone

By Candy Harrington

If you are a little unsteady on your feet, beaches can be downright dangerous. But that doesn't mean you have to give up sand and the surf altogether: there's a wide range of accessible beach options out there if you know how find them.

Video Report: The Best of the French Riviera for Less

By Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer visits CNN this week to discuss why you don't have to be P. Diddy or George Clooney to enjoy the best of the French Riviera.

Video: Why Cruising is the Best Bargain Now

By Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer talks with CNN about the current state of the economy, its surprising effect on the cruise industry and how you, the traveler, can take advantage now.

Fifty-Five Tips for Planning an Affordable Trip to Hawaii

By Jeanne Cooper

Paradise doesn't have to be overpriced (it's not really paradise then, is it?). We show you how to pinch pennies and deduct dollars where it counts.

Why Krabi, Thailand Really Rocks

By Heidi Sarna

The golden yet gritty sands of Thailand's beaches can't compete with the powdery white strips elsewhere, but he background scenery sure can: The craggy limestone towers and photogenic grottos that frame the beaches of Krabi are simply out of this world.

Cruise Primer for French Polynesia

By Heidi Sarna

It takes time to get to French Polynesia, but there are few places on earth as idyllic. The teal-green lagoons and palm-tree fringed islands are out of this world and the truest definition of beauty, romance, and fantasy.

10 Tips to Help You Plan Your Cruise Down Under

By Heidi Sarna

Cruises between Australia and New Zealand are all the rage. Well, it's all relative: In these parts there's rarely more than one cruise ship in port at a time -- thank god -- but still, business is booming.

Top 10 Ports for Beach Lovers

By Heidi Sarna

If you prefer a tasting menu over a main course, cruise ships are a great way to sample the world's best bands of powdery sand without being tied down by one.

Sun of a Beach: These Strips of Caribbean Sand are Sizzling Hot

By Heidi Sarna

Here's a guide to a bunch of the best beaches, plus the best cruise itineraries to get you where you need to go. Once in port, you can generally hop in a taxi to hit the beach, or in many cases sign up for the ships' beach excursions.

The Best Experiences You Can Have for Free (or Almost Free) in Florida

By Lesley Abravanel

No need to empty your wallet. Here are the top 21 ways to enjoy the Sunshine State without shelling out the big bucks. The most expensive item is only $10.

A Day in the Life of a Cruise Line Private Island

By Heidi Sarna

Oceans, Rivers and Seas: See 'em All from the Deck of a Ship Inexpensively

By Heidi Sarna

Over the Moon at Half Moon Cay

By Heidi Sarna

Holland America recently made several enhancements to its private island in the Bahamas, and I checked them out on a trip there last week.

The Caribbean Remains Hot, Hot, Hot for Cruisers: Ports Expand to Keep Pace

By Heidi Sarna

To keep pace with the growing size and number of ships being launched, many Caribbean islands are expanding their piers, terminals, shopping outlets and attractions.

Have a Ball in Havre de Grace!

By Mary K. Tilghman

Frommer's shows you how to take a leisurely day in Maryland and enjoy Havre de Grace, a crossroad of the past and present.

Grabbin' a Cheap Cabin: Cruises Start from Under $60 a Day

By Heidi Sarna

Set Sail for Sales on Cruises

By Heidi Sarna

Croatia is Hot Stuff on Med Cruises This Summer

By Heidi Sarna

It's safe to say that the Dalmatian Coast is now firmly back on the tourist map. It's hopping, drawing Europeans who appreciate its beauty, beaches, history, culture and affordability. Find out who cruises there.

A Yarrrd Sale of Savings: Cruises Start from Under $60 a Day

By Heidi Sarna

Decisions: Where, When & How To Take the Family to the National Parks

By Don & Barbara Laine

Don't go to the national parks because you think you are supposed to see certain places before you grow up. Be concerned, instead, to make the most of a time when you may be closer to your children, and come to know them better, than at any other time in your lives.

Family Fun and Learning in the Eastern Seaboard's Parks

By Don & Barbara Laine

All the parks have ranger programs for children and adults, and some will even take the kids off your hands for an hour or 2; but for an in-depth learning vacation, consider joining a field institute or summer camp.

Savings at Sea: Discounts on Cruises Throughout the Year

By Heidi Sarna