The Smart Cruise Blog

  • Cruise to Hawaii: A Guide to the Islands’ Must-See Attractions

    Tunnels Beach is a place to visit on your cruise to Hawaii
    Tunnels Beach, Kauai

    When you cruise to Hawaii, you certainly are not traveling all that distance just to hang out on the ship while you are in port. You go to Hawaii to experience all the culture and natural beauty that the islands have to offer. But with so much that qualifies as unmissable on these lush and majestic islands, you’ll want to know where to go and what to look for when you arrive. To get you started, check out our guide to some of the most important must-see attractions on each of the major islands you are likely to visit on any Hawaii cruise.


  • New Cruise Ship Alert — Norwegian Prima Sets Sail

    New cruise ship Norwegian Prima at sea

    Norwegian Cruise Line recently added a stunning new cruise ship to their already expansive fleet. The Norwegian Prima is the first of six planned ships in a new class of ship by NCL, the Prima-class. Never willing to settle for less, Norwegian continues to outdo themselves with each new ship. But what makes this new vessel one of the best cruise ships to set sail? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite features that have us excited about the Norwegian Prima.


  • Black Friday Cruise Deals You Can’t Miss This Cyber Week

    Cyber Monday and Black Friday cruise deals you can't miss. We have the best Cyber Week cruise deals.

    Black Friday, Cyber Monday and honestly, all of Cyber Week are the most exciting time of the year with amazing cruise deals on every cruise line! Every single cruise line has special low prices and exclusive savings for your next cruise vacation. And, when you book with, you get even more Black Friday cruise deals. Earn 50% more of our bonus offer with up to $3,000 cash back, up to $2,250 to spend on board or as a Visa Prepaid Card when you book your next sailing! The best part is you can combine it with all cruise line offers AND your cruise line loyalty program perks! Read on to see what Black Friday cruise deals each cruise line is offering as well as some additional exclusive offers!


  • Great Stirrup Cay: Norwegian’s Private Island Getaway

    NCL's Great Stirrup Cay is a cruise private island

    Just over a hundred miles off the coast of Florida, there is a private island in the Bahamas called Great Stirrup Cay. This tiny, inconspicuous island is owned and operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, and is a common stop on their voyages to the Caribbean and Bahamas. White-sand beaches, impeccable service, and beautiful skies are just a part of why this island is worth booking a cruise for. Afraid you are missing out on something? Read on to find out just how much you are!


  • What Cruise Restaurant Should I Dine At?

    What cruise restaurant should I dine at?

    While we love a good dinner in the main dining room, its sometimes nice to switch it up and try one of the specialty cruise restaurants on board. From French to Mexican to Italian and even more it can be hard to choose which restaurant might be right for you. Some are known for the unforgettable experiences that come with it while others are known for the amazing culinary offerings. Undecided on which one to try first? Take our quiz to find out which specialty dining restaurant you should dine at on your next cruise!


  • Cruise for Cheap with 7 Budget Friendly Tips

    Cruise for cheap to destinations like Grand Turk
    Grand Turk is a great island to cruise to because of all the free activities close to port.

    The best way to ensure that your cruise vacation is as perfect as it possibly can be is to utilize every tip and trick you can to cruise for cheap. After all, you want to leave your troubles at the shore when you set sail. It doesn’t do you any good to be worried about how much you are spending when you should be kicking back and giving all your attention to fun in the sun. To make sure you get the most bang for your buck, we’ve got a few of our best tips for how to cruise on a budget.


  • Family Cruise Lines Everyone Can Enjoy

    Disney Cruise Line is one of the best cruise lines for a family cruise

    Easily the best part of taking a family cruise vacation is knowing that all the activities and amenities available to your little ones will keep them occupied and entertained, while you kick off your shoes and enjoying your favorite cocktail. While many cruises advertise themselves as being kid-friendly, it can be difficult to parse out which one will best fit your particular needs. To help you get an idea of which cruise line is the best for you and your little ones, check out these lines and all that they have to offer.


  • Carnival Cruise Line: 5 Reasons to Cruise with Carnival

    Carnival Cruise Line is one of the top cruise lines to sail.

    Whether you are a longtime cruise enthusiast, or someone looking to book your first-ever voyage, you have most certainly heard about Carnival cruises. Extravagant attractions and dazzling fluorescent lights combine for a veritable feast for the senses, thoroughly justifying the name “Carnival.” But with so many cruise lines out there, is Carnival right for you? Let’s take a look at why cruising with Carnival may be the best option for you.


  • Celebrity Beyond Christened by Godmother, Simone Biles

    Simone Biles at the christening of Celebrity Beyond

    Cruise enthusiasts have a new exciting reason to set their sights on the open sea – and beyond! At the christening ceremony of the newest vessel in Celebrity’s fleet, the Celebrity Beyond, Simone Biles introduced the world to a new level of luxury and class. The third ship in the revolutionary Edge Series connects guests to the sea like never before, with open-air terraced seating and cantilevered float pools overlooking the endless ocean.


  • What Cruise Port Should I Travel to Next Quiz

    What destination should I travel to next

    A cruise is the perfect way to see the world because it allows you to see multiple locations in just one trip. From the pristine beaches of the Caribbean to the beautiful glaciers of Alaska, the abundant number of cruise ports have so much to offer. It may be hard to decide which location is the best option for your next vacation. Take our quiz now to see where you should travel to on your next cruise!