How to Overcome Your Fears and Enjoy a Cruise

For those that suffer from fears of the ocean, or seasickness, or are simply always jumping to the worst possible solution (we've all seen Titanic...), cruises can seem like a nightmare. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that the cruise-averse can conquer their fears and learn to appreciate the unique travel experience for what it can offer.  Read more [...]

Is Your Cruise Ship Clean? Here’s How to Know for Sure

The cleanliness of your cruise ship might not be something you’d typically concern yourself with when embarking on a vacation but perhaps in addition to checking out the ship’s amenities, you should also review the ship’s Vessel Sanitation Program inspection report. Most common violations won’t kill you but they might make you feel icky and increase the chances that common illnesses could spread more easily among passengers. Back to Basics The Carnival Fantasy failed a federal Centers Read more [...]
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Behind the Scenes: How Does a Cruise Ship Itinerary Get Put Together?

One of the best things about cruising is how easy it is to visit multiple ports of call without having to unpack your suitcase more than once. It seems so effortless. But is it really? There’s actually a lot that goes on behind the scenes when a cruise ship company plans an itinerary, and that planning starts many months, if not years, in advance. A Delicate Balancing Act A cruise line has to fine tune an itinerary so that all of its priorities are equally and satisfactorily met. That means Read more [...]

How to Manage a Packing Emergency on Your Cruise

Some people are born travelers. They know exactly what to pack, how to pack, and never worry at the end of their trip that everything won’t fit back into the suitcase. And then there are the rest of us. If you’re worried that you’ll have trouble getting everything home from your cruise--whether because of size or weight--here are a few tips to help you manage a last-minute packing emergency as you prepare to disembark from your cruise: 1. Be prepared. When initially packing your suitcase Read more [...]

The Exciting Future for the Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Cruise Line has been an excellent, family-friendly option for those wishing to experience a vacation on the high seas since the mid 90s. Since 2012, little has changed for the company’s signature fleet, with the same four ships being the only choice for those who want to wave hello to Mickey Mouse on their way to a themed, extravagant dinner (and, let’s be real, who doesn’t want that?). However, recent news has been flowing over from Disney about some major changes that are planned for their trademark cruise line. Read more [...]
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4 Reasons to Take a Chance with Your Cruise’s On-Board Health and Wellness Programs

Among the belly flop competitions, silent dance parties, and bingo games, many cruise ships also offer passengers the opportunity to attend various on-board health and wellness programs while at sea. It’s easy to blow off these events as “not for me” but there are a few great reasons to consider going to that brow bar event or fitness seminar. Read more [...]