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  • Carnival Restaurants That Every Cruiser Should Try at Least Once

    Image Carnival cruise dining option Cucina del Capitano. It is one of the many Carnival restaurants.
    Family dining at Cucina del Capitano

    Carnival restaurants are well known among cruising enthusiasts for their diversity and high quality. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to grab and go, or you want a nice night out at a fine dining establishment, you really can’t go wrong with any of the Carnival cruise dining options. The problem is that with so many restaurants on each ship, and so few days to try them all, it can be difficult to prioritize which restaurants you want to visit on any given cruise. To give you an idea of where to start, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite establishments that we would qualify as “must try” for any Carnival cruiser. 


  • Glaciers and Icebergs: Cruising to Spectacular Frozen Marvels

    Image of glaciers and icebergs in Glacier Bay National Park
    Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska

    When it comes to glaciers and icebergs, there’s a world beyond the captivating tale of the Titanic. These frozen giants hold a mesmerizing allure, and embarking on a cruise to witness them is an adventure like no other. Get ready to set sail on a fun-filled, upbeat journey to some of the most incredible destinations where you can encounter icebergs and glaciers. Come with us as we unveil the thrilling cruise spots around the globe, where these icy wonders take center stage and bring magic to your voyage!


  • Shore Excursions: Unique Cruise Activities From All Over the World

    Image of one of the cruise excursions in Alaska, dog sledding. This is one of the most popular Alaskan shore excursions.
    One of the most unique shore excursions you can take on a cruise is dog sledding in Alaska!

    Shore excursions are some of the most appealing reasons to take cruises to exotic places all over the world. While there are plenty of things to do while on a cruise, it’s what you get to do once you arrive at a destination that makes your trip truly unique. From seeing the natural beauty of untouched wilderness, to immersing yourself in the culture of a different nation, the options for cruisers are never ending. To help you plan out your next wild cruise adventure, we’ve got some of our favorite cruise excursions from the most popular destinations in the world.


  • Cruise to Honolulu: Why You Should Stay an Extra Day or Two

    Diamond Head crater is one of the top things to do in Honolulu. Cruise to Honolulu and experience this amazing hike.
    View of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach area from the top of Diamond Head crater.

    Whether you are taking a direct cruise to Honolulu, or starting there and cruising around the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, it is well worth planning to spend a couple of extra days there to take in the city and its culture. This is one of the most iconic tourist cities in the world, and there are so many things to do in Honolulu that it would be a shame to only spend a few hours before or after your cruise here. From learning about the history and the culture of Hawaii, to indulging in the diverse and delicious cuisine, here are 5 reasons why you should spend an extra couple of days in Honolulu.


  • Cruise Wedding: How to Plan Your Perfect Wedding at Sea

    Image of a wedding at sea. The bride and groom are celebrating their cruise wedding.

    Ahoy, lovebirds! Are you ready for a wedding at sea that will make waves of excitement? Picture this: a cruise wedding ceremony surrounded by the vast ocean, breathtaking destinations, and non-stop fun. A wedding is a momentous occasion that calls for a unique and memorable celebration. For couples seeking an extraordinary experience, having a cruise wedding offers the perfect blend of romance, adventure, and luxury. Get ready for a quick and quirky guide on how to plan the most epic wedding at sea.


  • Utopia of the Seas Sets Sail in 2024 on its Maiden Voyage

    Image of new Royal Caribbean ship, Utopia of the Seas

    A new Royal Caribbean ship called Utopia of the Seas is set to embark on its maiden voyage in 2024, and we are already excited about this newest addition to the Royal Caribbean fleet! Royal Caribbean is well known for their spectacular entertainment and record-breaking attractions, and this new ship is sure to live up to their standard. Whether you are looking to party until the sun comes up, or more interested in spending your vacation sunbathing by the pool, Utopia of the Seas has got you covered. Here are a few of the reasons we are looking forward to the launch of the latest Royal Caribbean ship.


  • Driving to a Cruise: 4 Reasons to Skip the Airport

    Image of family in the back of a car on the beach. Driving to a cruise is the best way to save money when getting to cruise ports.

    Driving to a cruise instead of booking a flight is a great option for a vacation for a number of reasons. Many of us just instinctively think to book flights when heading to cruise ports, because it simply takes less planning and seems like the obvious choice. But when you really break it down, it may make more sense to jump in the car to get to your cruise. This can save you money, make it easier on the day of travel, and even make it easier to pack for your vacation. To show you what we are talking about, here are four reasons why you should consider driving to your next cruise vacation.


  • Cruise Spas: The Best of the Best in Luxury Relaxation

    Image of a spa on a cruise. Cruise spas are a great way to relax on your vacation.

    Cruise spas might seem a little redundant to those who have never experienced them. A cruise vacation is already an escape, so escaping further into a spa experience may seem like a hat on a hat. But cruises tend to be filled with attractions and events from start to finish, and if you don’t take the time to relax and rejuvenate during your trip, you will end up being too exhausted to enjoy the final days of your voyage. This is the essential service that a spa on a cruise provides. So nurse your hangover with a bloody Mary, drop the kids off at the kids club, and join us as we luxuriate in our list of our favorite cruise spas.


  • Cruise to Montego Bay: 6 Best Attractions to Do During a Cruise

    Image of Doctor's Cove which you can visit on a cruise to Montego Bay. This is top of the list for things to do in Montego Bay.
    Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Thousands of people cruise to Montego Bay every year, and its popularity as a cruise destination is showing no signs of diminishing. With pristine beaches, lush rainforest, vibrant marine life, and a permanent place in pop culture, it’s pretty easy to see why it is such a hot spot for cruisers. If you are planning your first voyage to this gorgeous Caribbean island, it can be a little daunting to plan out your itinerary, with all the options available to you. To help you out, we’ve got a list of our favorite things to do in Montego Bay during a cruise.


  • Cruise Shopping Destinations: 4 Favorites for Cruising Shopaholics

    Image of couple doing some vacation shopping. They are at Effy, a well known cruise shopping destination.

    Anyone can embark on an uninhibited shopping spree in their home country, but there is something extra special about going on a cruise shopping spree during a vacation. In addition to the basic desire to get souvenirs to commemorate the occasion of your vacation, there is a desire to take advantage of exotic shopping centers that can rival anything you would find in a major US city. We all know about the mental healing powers of so-called “retail therapy,” but vacation shopping therapy is on a whole new level, and worth the price of a cruise all on its own. We have here, for your consumeristic consideration, four of the best places to go for a cruise shopping spree.