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  • Cruise Pizza You’ve Got to Try: 5 Best Cruise Ship Pizzerias

    Cruise pizza is a must try on some top cruise lines like Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival.
    Alfredo’s Pizza on Princess Cruises

    It’s easy to overlook a basic dining option like pizza when you’re on a cruise vacation, with all the extravagant options available on a cruise, but there really is nothing like a good slice of cruise pizza. Maybe it’s the quality of the craftsmanship cruise staff put into them. Maybe it’s the simple joy of greasy finger food complimented by a cool ocean breeze. Whatever it is that makes it feel so special, you definitely don’t want to sleep on the experience of cruise ship pizza!


  • Restaurants on Celebrity: 5 Dining Experiences You’ve Got to Check Out

    Celebrity Cruises dining experience at Raw on 5 is in the top restaurants on Celebrity
    Raw on 5 on board Celebrity Beyond

    While there are plenty of restaurants on Celebrity that are included in the cost of the cruise, many of the specialty restaurants are too good to pass up, even with the extra charge. From the finest steak you’ve ever sank your teeth into, to the freshest sushi you can imagine, all served to you while you are surrounded by beautifully designed architecture and decor, here are 5 of the best Celebrity Cruises restaurants that you just have to experience for yourself!


  • Sea Days on a Cruise: What to Do at Sea

    Sea days are sometimes the highlight of your cruise. We have all the tips on what to do at sea.

    Sea days on a cruise might seem like they would be a wasted day of your vacation. But in truth, these are the days when you get to explore and indulge in everything that your ship has to offer. Modern cruise ships are jam packed with so many activities and amenities, you will be spoiled for choice when trying to decide what to do at sea for the day. Maybe you want to relax and take a day to pamper yourself. Maybe you want to take the whole family to a late night show in the theater or sign up for a live game show. There are no wrong answers here, so don’t get overwhelmed by all the options!


  • Alaska Cruise Port of Skagway: Best Things to During Your Visit

    Skagway is a favorite Alaska cruise port.
    Skagway city overlook with Majestic Princess in port.

    The Alaska cruise port of Skagway, a small port town tucked in the mountains and entrenched in wilderness and natural beauty, is a common stop for cruises that go to Alaska. It is not easy to access through other means, so a cruise to Skagway is the perfect way to experience all the wonder and history for yourself. While it may not seem an obvious choice for a cruise port, nature lovers and history buffs alike adore Skagway for its vintage charm and adventurous excursion. Here are a few of the best things to do in Skagway while you are in town.


  • Do I Need a Passport to Cruise? recommends that you have a passport to cruise

    One of the most popular questions we get here at is, “do I need a passport to cruise?” The simple answer is no, but that does not apply to all cruises. For cruises where a passport is not required, you will need other forms of documentation such as your birth certificate AND a drivers license. Read on to learn more about the requirements of needing a passport to cruise.


  • Which 2023 New Cruise Ship Should I Sail On?

    Celebrity Ascent is a 2023 new cruise ship
    Celebrity Ascent

    2023 is shaping up to be quite the exciting year in the cruise industry. New cruise ships are planned to be released by most of the major cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and more. If you’re one who’s typically interested in checking out the newest ships in the water than you have a long list to tackle. Not sure where to start? Tell us a little bit about yourself and we’ll tell you which 2023 new cruise ship you should sail on first!


  • Royal Caribbean Ship Classes: What Makes Each Class Stand Out

    Largest cruise ships in the world are Royal Caribbean ships
    Harmony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, and Allure of the Seas

    Royal Caribbean ships come in many different sizes and with many different attractions and amenities, from the oversized monstrosities of the Oasis Class to the modestly sized classic ships of the Vision Class. When booking a cruise, it is good to have an idea of what exactly you are signing up for. Is it a floating theme park with 6,000 guests? Or is it a quieter, more traditional ship? Each class has something that sets them apart from the rest of the fleet, whether it’s record-breaking size, unique attractions, or just a distinctive feel. Read on to see which class of ship best suits your next vacation.


  • Disney Anniversary: Celebrating 25 Years at Sea

    Disney Anniversary party "Silver Anniversary at Sea" celebrated on Disney Cruise ship during summer 2023.

    An important Disney anniversary is approaching, as this coming summer will mark 25 years since the first Disney Cruise ship, the Disney Magic, set sail for its maiden voyage to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. Since that fateful day, Disney has reinvented the cruise experience with immersive entertainment and enchanting experiences on a fleet of 5 unique ships that whisk passengers away to magical destinations all over the world. To celebrate this monumental event, Disney has announced their “Silver Anniversary at Sea,” an event that will run all summer long and is sure to be an event to remember for cruise enthusiasts and Disney fans alike.


  • 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.