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Good news for cruisers: Ships’ on-board Internet service is improving and prices are falling »

Many cruise lines offer Internet cafés where charges accumulate by the minute. These Wi-Fi hubs are available on major lines, including Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, that offer a variety of other packages as well.

New to Cruising? CLIA Travel Agents Reveal Best Tips for First-Time Cruisers »

With questions ranging from what to pack to choosing from the many onshore excursions, CLIA asked cruise travel professionals for the top insider tips for both first-time and seasoned cruise travelers to make the most of a first cruise vacation.

Meet the Man Who Has Taken 950 Cruises and Spent Over 6,000 Days At Sea »

Ever dream about living on a cruise ship? Mario Salcedo, also known as “Super Mario”, has taken 950 cruises over the past 20 years and spends all but two weeks a year at sea.

14 Behind-the-Scenes secrets of cruise ship workers »

From an outsider’s perspective, working on a cruise ship might seem like a dream job. What could be more glamorous than getting paid to travel the world by sea, without having to pay for housing or food? But as with many “dream” jobs, there are a few significant downsides to consider before you fill out an application. We spoke to a few cruise ship employees about what it’s like to live and work on a floating hotel.

How to Get Cabin Upgrades on a Cruise Ship »

When you book your room you are guaranteed at least a room at the level you booked or higher. But as these upgraded rooms are sold your chances of getting in on the upgrade go down. If you buy a TBA room don’t expect to have an automatic upgrade, but again, if you are going on a cruise during the slow season it will help your chances.

How Megaships Are Driving A Wave Of Meetings At Sea »

“There are still misconceptions. There are still a lot of people who haven’t cruised or cruised for decades, and it’s the only one they remember. Education on how the ships have changed is a big point.” Freed agrees, “The old perception is you are sticking me in the main theatre.”

Three Moves to Watch in Luxury Cruises »

Infused with a bigger bankroll following its $550 million purchase by Genting Hong Kong last year, Crystal Cruises whipped up widespread agent interest with its February announcement about possibly resurrecting America’s classic liner, the SS United States, launched in 1952. Crystal signed an exclusive purchase option agreement with the SS United States Conservancy to possibly bring the ship into compliance with the latest standards and return the vessel to service as an 800-passenger luxury liner. The once proud ship still holds the coveted Blue Riband as the fastest passenger liner in regular service to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

7 Cruise Cabin Hacks that Will Change the Way You Cruise Forever »

Your cruise ship cabin is your home away from home when you’re at sea. But unlike your own bedroom, you can’t tweak the space given to you by the cruise line.

How To Enjoy Your International Flight »

By Chris Owen What to expect on that flight from the United States to someplace across the pond for your first European cruise vacation. That’s really the focus of this post; to address the concerns of those who have not flown internationally, choosing the safe and convenient Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska or other close-by areas of […]

And cruising’s ‘Luxury Leader’ for 2016 is… »

If you’re like most cruisers, you spend time talking cruising with others who love taking to the rivers and the oceans. Here’s something you might be able to stump them with, as a “Did you know?”