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?
A young boy swims in the kiddie pool in Playa del Carmen.

The Best Family Adventures on the Riviera Maya

Few places on the plaanet are as family-friendly as Cancun and the Caribbean Coast of Mexico. But the region offers far more than just sun and sand: there are real adventures that the entire family can participate in. Here are our picks for some of the best of them.
Stranaha House Fort Lauderdale

What to Do in Fort Lauderdale (That Isn't the Beach)

When you're passing through South Florida for the cruise port or on a vacation, there's a lot more to do in Fort Lauderdale besides the beach.
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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).
The sparkling aqua waters off the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Mexico's Next Big Thing: The Riviera Nayarit

Visitors are just learning about this 192-mile long stretch of golden sands, critter-filled mangrove swamps (great for birders), hippie chic surfing towns and swank, brand-new resorts. Get there before the crowds arrive en masse!
A sailboat on the beach at Providenciales.

The 16 Best Beaches in the Caribbean Islands

Sun, sand and crystalline waters—that's why one goes to the Caribbean, right? But which islands offer the best of those three elements? Our experts have picked the top 16 destinations for beach lovers.
Lazy river at Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World

Which Orlando Hotel Has the Best Pool?

Orlando has more than 118,000 hotel rooms—but not all resort pools are equal. Check out some of the best swimming areas that the vacationland serving Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando has to offer.
Passengers whoop it up onboard Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas

What to Do, What to Buy in the Top Caribbean Cruise Ports

Thinking of taking a tropical cruise? The Caribbean islands each provide slightly different versions of sun and fun, and each port offers its own variety of tours, beaches, and shopping. Here's our guide to the most important ports.
Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Frommer's Names the Perfect Caribbean Resorts

Few places can do great luxury resorts as well as the Caribbean. Frommer's' researchers have been to them all. We think these are some of the best resorts—the most gorgeous, the most romantic, and most memorable hotels in the world—perfect for honeymoons, romance, or indulgent getaways.
Barbados is an eclectic Caribbean vacation

Experiencing Eclectic Barbados Without All the Tourists

Despite claiming the most luxury properties per square mile in the Caribbean, Barbados still presents an unfiltered, tourist-free, and unapologetically original beach vacation.
Frommer's' Best Places to Go in 2016

The Frommer's' Best Places to Go List for 2016

Frommer's' editors select the best destinations for travelers in 2016.
Ono Seafood ahi poke, Honolulu, Hawaii

Eat Like a Local: The Best Cheap Food in Honolulu, Oahu

Waikiki is full of crummy tourist food and chain restaurants, but if you know where to go, you can eat like the locals do—fresh ahi tuna, decadent one-of-a-kind pastries, and heaping portions of the famous Hawaiian "plate lunch" are all within easy reach of the beach.
Children play in the water in Puerto Rico.

12 Memorable Adventures in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is far more than sun and sand. With a dazzling culture, foodie-worthy cuisine and scintillating nature sites (both on land and in the sea) it may well be one of the most exciting destinations in the Caribbean.
Disney's Aulani resort aerial view

Disney's Aulani in Hawaii: See What It's Like in Photos

One of the biggest surprises at Disney's Hawaiian beach resort near Honolulu on Oahu is that there's hardly a Mickey in sight.
A group of passengers debark from a cruise ship in Mexico.

The Biggest Summer Travel Mistakes....And How To Fix Them

It's the vacation many of us look forward to all year. But there are ways to mess summer vacation up, and they're quite common. Here are the most typical mistakes and some ways to avoid them.
Children gathering around for storytime at Great Wolf Lodge Family Resort

The Top Resorts for Families with Preschoolers

Family-friendly comforts and plenty of ways to play with your toddler: These resorts are the rare hotels that are truly ideal for young children.
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.

3 Alternatives to Miami Beach’s Party Hotels

By Juliana Shallcross

Taking in all that’s new in Miami Beach can be exhausting. If you don’t want to deal with the hyped-up party scene or the impersonal service of a too-big resort, here are three laid-back hotels to try.

Not Snorkeling, Not Scuba, But Snuba

By Pauline Frommer

Pauline Frommer Talks to an Expert About What's Making this New Water Sport So Popular

In the Caribbean Hotel Rates Plummet in the Three Weeks Immediately after New Year's Day

By Arthur Frommer

That's true of both the pricier islands and the ones with budget accommodations. Some ideas for a last-minute trip.

The Able Traveler: Accessible Beaches for Everyone

By Candy Harrington

If you are a little unsteady on your feet, beaches can be downright dangerous. But that doesn't mean you have to give up sand and the surf altogether: there's a wide range of accessible beach options out there if you know how find them.

Fifty-Five Tips for Planning an Affordable Trip to Hawaii

By Jeanne Cooper

Paradise doesn't have to be overpriced (it's not really paradise then, is it?). We show you how to pinch pennies and deduct dollars where it counts.