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  • Cruise Kids Clubs: What You Need to Know

    Cruises for kids are fun for all with the cruise kids club.
    Fairytale Hall at the Oceaneer Club on the Disney Wish

    Most major cruise lines provide care for younger passengers with cruise kids clubs, where your tiny tikes can play with other kids and enjoy guided activities while you get to take a break from parenting for a day. While many of these clubs are quite similar, there are some important differences between the different cruise lines that are worth considering when planning cruises for kids. From the more immersive environments of Camp Discovery on Princess Cruises, to the less restrictive “all-ages” approach on Disney’s ships, we’ll go over the different kids clubs on some of the biggest cruise lines and what makes them each unique.


  • Volcanoes on a Cruise: Top Destinations For Volcanic Views

    The Pitons are a perfect place to see volcanoes on a cruise
    The Pitons in St. Lucia

    Volcanoes are one of nature’s most amazing phenomena. But it’s not just eruptions and flowing lava that make them so exciting. They leave their traces in lava tube caves, crater lakes, and even entire islands. Here are just some of the places you can see volcanoes on a cruise and their awe-inspiring landscapes. (more…)

  • Cruises for Nature Lovers: 5 Destinations to Celebrate Earth Day

    The best cruises for nature lovers and destinations for nature lovers can be found at

    Earth Day is almost here, and it’s a good time to think about cruises for nature lovers. Appreciation of the natural world around us is something that we often forget to have, but it is much easier to connect with nature when you visit some of the magnificent natural wonders on this list. From the magnificent underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef, to the diverse ecosystem that inspired the Theory of Evolution, there are many destinations for nature lovers here to check off of your bucket list. And what better way to spend this Earth Day than by planning your next vacation to one of these breathtaking destinations? 


  • Dining on Norwegian: 6 NCL Restaurants We Know You’ll Love

    Dining on Norwegian? Check out these top NCL restaurants

    Dining on Norwegian is perhaps one of the greatest unsung perks to taking a voyage on an NCL cruise ship. With each ship having dozens of restaurants to choose from, it doesn’t matter if you’re grabbing a quick bite between activities or going for the full fine dining experience for dinner, every day on an NCL ship is a veritable culinary adventure. With so many restaurants to choose from, it can be a bit daunting to know which ones to try first. To help you out, we’ve got 6 NCL restaurants that we know you will love.


  • Alaska Cruise Ports: 5 Popular Cruise Destinations

    There are many Alaska cruise ports to visit when you cruise to Alaska

    From stunning views of untamed wilderness to the quiet charm of mountain living, Alaska cruise ports have a lot to offer to tourists who voyage to them. It may not seem like the most obvious destination for a cruise, but with the summer months fast approaching, the season is upon us for travelers from around the world to cruise on up to the 49th state and get in touch with their wild side. So put your swimsuits away and prepare to trade in your mai tais for a cool homebrewed draft; we’re headed to the Last Frontier with 5 popular cruise destinations that you won’t want to miss!


  • Cruise on MSC Meraviglia for a Voyage You’ll Never Forget

    Cruise on MSC Meraviglia ship
    MSC Meraviglia

    If you’ve never taken a cruise on MSC Meraviglia, you are missing out on a very unique cruising experience. From the immersive entertainment provided at their revolutionary Carousel Lounge, to the family-friendly Polar Aqua Park on the deck of the ship, this amazing ship is packed from port to starboard with unforgettable attractions that you’ve got to see for yourself. If you are still on the fence about taking a voyage on this extravagant ship, we’ve got 5 of our favorite features of the MSC Meraviglia to help you decide.


  • What’s Included in a Cruise: Getting the Best Value

    What's included in a cruise really brings up the value on a cruise.

    If you’ve never taken a vacation on a major cruise line before, you may see the hefty price tag on some cruises and wonder what is included in a cruise without any additional charges. After all, with everything you spend money on during a vacation, it can be very easy to go overboard. What you may not know, however, is that cruises tend to actually be a very good value for vacations. Much of what you will need to enjoy your trip is already included, making it much easier to kick back and relax without having to worry about what your bank account is going to look like when you get home!


  • Bermuda Cruise To-do List: Everything You Don’t Want to Miss!

    Cruise to Bermuda to see magnificent pink sand. Horseshoe Bay is a must visit spot for your next Bermuda cruise.
    Horseshoe Bay Cove in Bermuda

    Bermuda is world famous for its pristine beaches, picturesque landscapes, and sunny skies, and there is no better way to experience it than on a cruise. But with so much to do on a cruise to Bermuda, it can be a little daunting to plan your trip. After all, this is your chance to take in everything the island has to offer and you don’t want to miss anything while you are there. To get you started, here are our picks for the best things to do when you take a Bermuda cruise.


  • Unique Cruise Destinations: 3 Off-the-Beaten-Path Locations You Should Cruise To

    Up close encounters with sea lions only happen in some of the world’s most unique cruise destinations such as the Galapagos

    With so many unique cruise destinations to sail to around the world it may be tough to choose which one is best for you. And in the age of Instagram, who doesn’t want to show off their experiences with a once-in-a-lifetime selfie taken in the most off-the-beaten-path location imaginable? If you are invested in living your best life (and maybe showing off a little on your socials), these 3 unique cruise destinations should definitely be at the top of your list!


  • Viking Ocean Cruise: What’s Included in the Price of Your Ticket

    Take a Viking ocean cruise to visit some of the most beautiful destinations. When you cruise Viking it will be an experience unlike any other.
    Viking Star in Santorini, Greece

    Taking a Viking ocean cruise has been increasing in popularity, thanks in large part to their focus on destinations and commitment to passenger experiences. If you’ve never taken a trip on one of these culturally enriching cruise ships, you are missing out on one of the most unique cruise experiences out there. When you do book your first Viking cruise (which you can do right at to get extra savings), you may be wondering what is included in the price of admission. Fear not, future Viking stans — We’ve got the low down on everything you get when you cruise Viking.