Cruise Essentials

New to cruising? Get basic facts and information about sailing the friendly seas.

10 Things To Avoid In Your Cruise Ship Cabin star
Cruise ship staterooms are comfortable places to relax on your vacation, but there are some things to avoid doing while there. A few may seem rather obvious, while others have been learned over time. If you’re planning a vacation at sea, here are ten things not to do in your cruise ship stateroom.

10 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick On Vacation star
No one wants to get sick on vacation, but colds, viruses, and food-borne illnesses may be contracted while traveling. Here are ten great tips for staying healthy on your next trip. Following these suggestions can help reduce your chances of getting sick on your upcoming vacation.

9 Mistakes First-Time Cruisers Often Make star
For first-time cruisers, planning a fun-filled cruise vacation can be overwhelming. It’s key to be prepared and avoid mistakes that can impact or ruin your cruise experience. Here are nine major mistakes first-time cruisers make and some great tips on how to avoid them.

Avoid Flight Problems With These 7 Tips star
Flight cancellations and delays are a major source of travel stress. Today’s flights tend to be very full, so it can be hard to be re-routed if problems occur. If you’re booking flights for an upcoming trip, here are seven tips that will help you avoid travel difficulties and arrive on time.

Cabins and Decks star
A basic breakdown of the cabin types available and the deck arrangement on most major cruise ships.

Clothing star
Proper clothing is a key part of a successful cruise. Learn what to expect!

Cruise Lines star
Information on current cruise lines.

Customs and Duty-Free star
Traveling through international waters brings a whole new set of shopping responsibilities. Get the lowdown on how to be safe and within the law.

Escape The Cold On A Last Minute Tropical Cruise star
As the December holidays wrap up and the New Year begins, thoughts often turn to taking a post-holiday tropical vacation to relax and escape the cold winter weather. There’s great news for those dreaming of taking a last-minute escape to the tropics. Cruises offer a great value vacation option.

Find An Affordable Cruise For Your Next Vacation star
If you're looking for a cheap last-minute vacation, a fun-filled cruise might be the answer. These sailings are often a great value when compared to the skyrocketing prices of hotels and resorts. Check out these top tips for finding the best cheap cruise deals and some sample bargains as well.

Glossary star
A list of useful cruise terms.

Health star
Health issues at sea can be tricky to navigate. Learn what to expect and how to keep problems away.

How To Avoid Getting Sick On Vacation star
Vacations are some of the year’s most anticipated events. Of course, no one wants to get sick during their vacation time. Colds, the flu, novovirus, and other illnesses can be easily contracted while traveling. Following these great tips can significantly reduce your chances of getting sick.

Pollution and Hazards star
General information about onboard hazards and how cruise lines are helping minimize their environmental impact.

Take A Cheap Short Cruise Vacation This Summer star
If you’re looking for a cheap summer vacation, a short three- to five-night cruise may be the answer. Short cruises visit exciting destinations, and they are a great value when compared with land-based vacations. These cruises depart many U.S. ports, which can also eliminate expensive airfares.

Weather star
From hurricanes and tsunamis to rogue waves and magnetic interference, learn how weather and nature can affect your cruise voyage.

What To Know About Hurricane Season Cruises star
Hurricane season is here, and storms have been making the news. While there are a number of benefits for taking cruises during hurricane season, it is important to be aware of the potential effects on your vacation as well. Here's what you need to know about hurricane season cruises.

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