Viking Star is a cruise ship with cozy aspirations

The Viking Star: Things We Love That Every Cruise Ship Should Have

Viking River Cruises' first oceangoing ship is upscale, to be sure, and its luxury pricing endows it with pleasant innovations that makes a cruise more pleasant.
Exploring Norway with Hurtigruten

Exploring Norway's Fjords and Northern Lights with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten's ship journey up the western Nordic coast started as a ferry route in the 1800s and has been called the most scenic cruise in the world. So what’s it like traveling a ferry route up the coast of Norway?
Viking Sea under sail

The Viking Sea: A Photo Tour

A photo tour of Viking Cruises' second oceangoing ship, the intimate Viking Sea.
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Harmony of the Seas

The World's Biggest Cruise Ship: Harmony of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's ship Harmony of the Seas began sailing in May of 2016—take a photo tour of the largest cruise ship on Earth (for now).
Regent Seven Seas Explorer.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer: Is this 'The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Ever Built'?

Regent Seven Seas, which built the Explorer in 2016, made some bold claims about it being "the most luxurious" ever. Is it? Have a look and decide for yourself.
First of all, the good news: Norovirus is very rarely deadly. It's more like a rotten hangover marked by a few days of nausea and, in some people, vomiting.  The biggest risk, mostly to the eldery and infants, is dehydration. Norovirus can break out wherever people gather and mingle—schools, dorms, nursing homes—and ships with spotless cleanliness ratings can still fall victim to an outbreak.<br><br>It's also extremely common—only the cold is more prevalent. The <em>Explorer of the Seas</em> (above) set a record for the number of cases, but keep in mind that it's one of the larger ships afloat—when it was launched in 2000, it was in <em>the</em> largest class of cruise ship afloat—so there are more people cooped up and more to make queasy.

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise Ship

What can you do to avoid the norovirus? How can you tell if a ship is dirty? And should you cancel your trip if your ship had an outbreak?
Cruisers tanning at the stern of a boat.

What We Wish They'd Told Us About Cruises Before We Went

Cruising is not a dummy-proof vacation. If you choose the wrong ship, or don't plan properly for a number of items, and you could find yourself literally at sea on your vacation.
Historic Caribbean hurricane season track map

When is Hurricane Season? A Worldwide Guide

When is hurricane season in the Caribbean, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean? Save your beach vacation with our month-by-month guide to the typhoons and cyclones of the world.
An AmaWaterways ship passes Passau, Germany

The World's Best River Cruises—Which One Should You Choose?

Our picks for the best river cruise ships and itineraries in 12 categories

A Primer for European River Cruising

By Pauline Frommer

The rivers, the cruise lines, the types of people with whom you'll be sharing your vacation, and more.

How to Complain to Cruise America

By Margaret Daly

Was your RV Rental with Cruise America not up to par? Find out how to send it your complaint.

How to Complain to Royal Caribbean

By Margaret Daly

If you have a cruise experience unfit for a queen or king, here's how to complain to Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.

How to Complain to Carnival Cruises

By Margaret Daly

Almost nothing is worse than being trapped in a bad cruise experience. If this happens with Carnival, here's how you can report your negative feedback.

How to Pick the Best Cruise Itinerary

By Heidi Sarna

Thinking about taking a cruise, but not sure which one is right for you? Check out our handy evaluation of the most common routes — and their strengths and weaknesses:

How to Contact Your Cruise Line

By Laura Brothers

Some lines are going beyond toll-free numbers — to online chats, callbacks, and even service-driven Twitter feeds and Facebook pages — to give cruisers ways to get questions answered and help when they need it. Here is the best contact information to reach out to any of the major cruise lines:

How to Stay Gluten-Free on Your Cruise

By Thomas Faddegon

Whether you keep a gluten-free diet because you’re allergic to wheat or for the health benefits, you’ll find that just about every cruise line has stepped up its game in order to cater to you. The extent of the accommodations varies: Some lines offer a few simple gluten-free dishes, while MSC Cruises has partnered with the Italian Celiac Association to create an extensive gluten-free menu.

Which cruise lines have a coed spa?

By Laura Brothers

Whether it’s your honeymoon, an anniversary, or you’re just looking for a romantic afternoon for two, you don’t want to head to the spa together … and then separate into his and her areas. We tracked down the cruise ship spas with coed hot tubs, steam rooms, and other shared experiences:
 

Cruise Line Loyalty Programs

By Laura Brothers

You don’t have to have sailed on a dozen cruises to enroll in a cruise line loyalty program. All of the lines allow customers to become members either before or after their first sailing and start earning points right away. Sign up, and you’ll receive extras like complimentary Internet access and laundry services, just for booking multiple cruises with the same line. So what exactly do you get, and when? We researched all of the cruise lines’ loyalty programs:

Do you need a travel agent to book a cruise?

By Simon Duvall

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to whether you should use a travel agent or book your cruise directly with the cruise line. And even if you're sure you'd like the help of an agent, there are many different types to choose from. Let's look at the pros and cons of each option so you can make an informed decision.

Everything You Need to Know About Cruise Ship Casinos

By Laura Brothers

Whether you’re an avid poker player or just like to try your luck on the slot machines, cruise ship casinos offer a little something for everyone, without a flight to Las Vegas.

How Wheelchair-Accessible are Cruise Ships?

By Laura Brothers

Those with impaired mobility can still enjoy a cruise ship vacation. All of the cruise lines have accessible public areas, with large corridors, automatic doors, and special seating. They also offer accessible staterooms with wide doorways, ramped entrances, roll-in showers with a seat, grab bars in the bathroom, a hand-held shower head, and a lower sink and closet rods.

What is Included in Your Cruise Fare?

By Laura Brothers

So you’re ready to set sail, but do you know exactly what is included in your cruise fare? While most cruises are not all-inclusive, you expect certain things to be included: your cabin, dining in the Lido Deck buffet and main dining rooms, basic daily entertainment — such as stage shows and comedy acts — and access to the onboard fitness center.

The Invaluable Lessons You Learn on Your First Cruise

By Thomas Faddegon

There’s nothing like a fresh set of eyes to give you a new perspective on something you take for granted. Cruiseline.com receives thousands of reviews from first-time cruisers every year, so we gathered some of their best tips for others getting ready to take their first voyages.

5 Cruises to Avoid

By Simon Duvall and Thomas Faddegon

Any experienced cruiser is sure to have a nightmare story about a cruise they wish they had never taken. Obnoxious passengers, terrible weather, crowded ports, shipboard malfunctions, terrible cabin locations — we’ve heard them all. While many issues are impossible to predict, there are certain sailings where your odds of dealing with one of these problems are exponentially higher. We recommend using extreme caution when booking one of the following cruises, especially if it’s your first time at sea.
 

Which cruise should I take: Caribbean or Bahamas?

By Heidi Sarna

Both the Caribbean and the Bahamas have stretches of sand that appeal to beach bums of all ages. Party animals can swig drinks from beach bars at sundown, while couch potatoes happily roast on the sand and sporty types windsurf. The big difference is location: The Bahamas are a lot closer to Florida and offer more weekend cruise options. And they’re cheaper. Why? It takes less fuel to get to the Bahamas, and the cruise lines usually position their older ships on the weekend runs. Read on for our full comparison: