By Erica Silverstein – Cruise Critic Senior Editor If you’re looking for a getaway where everything is taken care of, which vacation type — a cruise or an all-inclusive resort — is truly the better deal? The answer isn’t black and white, but we’ll break down what you get with each, so you can determine which is best for your next vacation. … Read more
Comprehensive coverage no matter where you go To find the best travel insurance, we looked at 22 of the nation’s top providers. Our mission: find providers that offer primary medical coverage, generous limits, few exclusions, and top-notch customer service. But the cost will depend on you, your trip, and who’s coming with — which is why it’s important … Read more
To be fair, cruise lines that do charge the automatic gratuity give you advance notice at the start of the cruise that the tip will be added to your onboard bill at the conclusion of the trip. And, you have several options.
Aft cabins typically have some of the largest balconies on a cruise ship as there are usually just a few rooms lined up along the back of a ship giving each one more space for a bigger balcony. In particular, aft cabins located on the corners of the ship often have wraparound balconies, creating enough space for chairs, loungers and sometimes a small dining table.
One of the most awarded luxury ships in the world has a sophisticated new look, offering travelers freshly imagined choices during their global vacations. Crystal Symphony has emerged from dry dock, returning to the seas with newly designed spaces, features and amenities that luxury travelers crave. The ship’s new Open Seating dining concept ushers in new restaurants on board, while more of … Read more
Travel Pulse – by Jason Leppert PHOTO: Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. (photo by Jason Leppert) Oceania Cruises has made its Concierge Level Stateroom category more enticing with one of the best onboard privileges ever. The upscale line now offers free laundry, and the goodies don’t stop there. It has also added room service from its Grand Dining Room lunch and dinner menus to the perks … Read more
by Kayla Becker Choosing a cabin is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your cruise. It’s your home away from home and — even if you plan to spend more time exploring the ship than in your room — the wrong location can impact how well you sleep which is, after all, the whole purpose of a … Read more
Chances are you have tons of electronics to charge, but your room might not have enough outlets to support all of them. Pick up a power strip at the dollar store so you’ll definitely have all the juice you need to keep your e-reader fully charged at all times.
Cruise ship buffets — you either love the smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat fare and the uber-casual setting, or you hate the crowds, queues and food that’s sat out a bit too long.
After not even three years in operation for Renaissance, followed by a period of being laid up, Oceania Cruises became its new operator in 2003. (In fact, Frank Del Rio who was once co-CEO at Renaissance, cofounded Oceania.)