Royal Caribbean's megaship Quantum of the Seas was so named because its designers wanted it to represent "a quantum leap forward."

Cool Stuff Aboard the Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's megaship Quantum of the Seas was so named because its designers wanted it to represent "a quantum leap forward." These weird and wonderful features are their way of breaking from the traditional cruise ship mold.
An exterior shot of the Disney Cruise Ship, Magic

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Magic

Disney's original cruise ship, Disney Magic, is packed with attractions for all ages. Take a photo tour with us.
Disney Fantasy at Castaway Cay

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Fantasy

Disney's cruise ship Disney Fantasy, offers theme-park style attractions, fine dining, and entertainment for parents. Take a photo tour with us.
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The Disney Dream at Sea

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Dream

The Disney Dream boasts theme-park style thrills, premier nightlife for adults, and Disney inspired family activities. Take a photo tour with us.
<p class="p1">Size: 83,000 gross tons</p>
<p class="p1">Number of Cabins: 877</p>
<p class="p1">Number of Cabins with Verandas: 362</p>
<p class="p1">Number of Passengers: 2713</p>
<p class="p1">Number of Crew: 950</p>
<p class="p1">Passenger/Crew Ratio: 2.86</p>
<p class="p1">Year Built: 1999</p>

Disney Cruise Line: Disney Wonder

Cruising on the Disney Wonder is a great escape for the whole family. Take a photo tour with us.
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.
Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship the Escape

Meet Norwegian Cruise Line's Newest Ship, Escape

On November 9, the cruise industry's first "Godfather" the rapper Pitbull slammed a bottle of champagne against the ship's hull. It was an appropriately flashy send off for NCL's latest, and arguably, splashiest ship. This photo tour will show you some of the highlights of the new cruiser.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas: A Photo Tour

An inside look at Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Anthem of the Seas.
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.
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: