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  • What Type of Cruiser are You?

    What type of cruiser are you?

    Whether you’re a first-time cruiser or a veteran to the high seas, this is the perfect quiz for you. When you take a look around your cruise ship you will notice there are many types of cruisers. Have you ever wondered what type of cruiser you are and where you fit in with the mix? Tell us a little bit about your cruise habits and we’ll tell you what type of cruiser you are.


  • Cruise on Crystal This Summer: The Return of an Iconic Brand

    Cruise on Crystal starting this summer.

    With a brand relaunch coming this summer, cruisers will once again be able to cruise on Crystal! Since January of last year, Crystal Cruises’ ships have been out of commission following hardships endured during the Covid-19 pandemic. But now, you will again be able to enjoy the personalized service, exquisite dining, spacious suites, and immersive entertainment of a Crystal cruise, all enhanced by new management and refurbished ships. With almost as much staff as there are passengers on each ship, there really is no better cruise experience when it comes to personalized service, and the seas have not been the same since these standout ships have been benched.


  • Best Cruise Bars to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    Check out the best cruise bars for beers on a cruise

    Saint Patrick’s Day is here and if you are celebrating on a cruise this year, you’ll definitely be on the lookout for the best cruise bars to hit up. Every fleet has some great options, but with all the possible places to get beer on a cruise, it can be tough to decide which one to park at for the occasion. From Norwegian to Carnival, we’ve got a list of the best spots to wet your whistle, sate your appetite, and dance the night away on a Saint Patty’s Day cruise.


  • Viking River Cruise Destinations: The 6 Best Rivers to Cruise

    A Viking River Cruise provides you will multiple options for rivers to cruise.
    Viking Longship Kvasir along the Rhine River near the town of Kaub with Pfalsgafenstein Castle on the riverbank and Gutenfels Castle above on the hillside.

    A Viking river cruise is one of the best ways to get acquainted with many different cultures around the world, because Viking puts an emphasis on the destinations that they sail to. From the onboard cuisine that is tailored to reflect the traditional dishes of the area, to the complimentary shore excursions at every port, you will truly feel like you have gotten to know the cultures and communities when you cruise with Viking. And with the largest cruise fleet in the world, they have so many rivers to cruise that even the most prolific travelers will have a hard time seeing them all!


  • Pet Friendly Cruise: What to Expect When You Cruise With a Dog

    Pet friendly cruises are offered by Cunard so you can cruise with a dog

    Not many cruise lines offer a pet friendly cruise option; only one, in fact. That cruise line is Cunard, the British cruise line that has been operating since 1840 out of Southampton, England. But what does it mean to be a pet friendly cruise? Are there dogs and cats just running around the deck? Are there limitations to the animals you are allowed to bring? Are the ships equipped to care for your fur baby? We’ve got all the answers to your burning questions about taking a cruise with your beloved pet.


  • Viking Cruises: A Guide to the World’s Leading Luxury and River Cruise Line

    Viking cruises offers a variety of cruises for guests to choose from.
    Viking Star Infinity Pool

    Viking Cruises has been making waves recently with its massive fleet of small-ship cruises ever expanding and exploring more and more destinations. But what sets Viking apart from other cruise lines? While they may not have all the bells and whistles of the mega-hotels at sea of other cruise lines, they instead focus on elegant ship design and on the many destinations that they visit. If you’ve never been on one of these distinguished ships, read on to find out what to expect when you sail with Viking Cruises.


  • 9 Colorful Cruise Destinations from Across the Globe

    Check out the most colorful cruise destinations and colorful cruise ports.

    One of the best aspects of cruising is getting the opportunity to see the many colorful cruise destinations that cruise lines can take you to. Whether it’s a natural wonder like the Aurora Borealis, or the vibrant colors on display in a town like New Orleans, there are many destinations that will offer you an absolute feast of visual stimulus for your eyes to indulge in. From Puerto Rico to Norway, here’s our list of 9 of the most colorful cruise ports from across the globe.


  • Cruise Formal Night: What You Need to Know

    Cruise formal night happens on most cruises. There is typically a formal night dress code.

    As you are preparing for a cruise, it is important to know that most major cruise lines feature a cruise formal night at least once during their voyages. During these nights, a formal night dress code will be in effect and you can expect most passengers on board to be dressed up in their most elegant formal wear. To make sure you’re prepared to enjoy the occasion in style, we’ve got the answers to your burning questions about what a cruise formal night really is.


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    If you love going on cruises on a regular basis, it’s important to get the best cruise deals that you can, because spending less on each cruise ultimately means going on more cruises! Luckily for you, you’ve already found, home of some of the best discounts on cruises that you will find everywhere. With stackable offers, an easy-to-use website, and the best agents in the biz, there are more than enough reasons to book your next cruise on


  • Cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay and Experience These Top 4 Activities

    Royal Caribbean's private island can be visited when you cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay

    Heart-pounding adventure. Exciting itineraries. The most innovative ships at sea. You’ll get all this (and more) when you embark on a Royal Caribbean cruise. But there’s one destination Royal Caribbean ships frequent that’s in a league of its own. Cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay and experience all Royal Caribbean’s private island has to offer.

    Nestled in the heart of the Bahamas approximately 55 miles north of Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay is Royal Caribbean’s private island with no shortage of thrills or chills. The island has long been a staple on Royal Caribbean’s Caribbean itineraries, but it was Perfect Day at CocoCay’s extensive 2019 renovation that really sent the island to a whole new level.

    Considering a cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay and wondering how to get the most out of your day? Here are 4 of our favorite things to do on the island.