Sip your eggnog or white hot chocolate on your private verandah, attend a magical winter ball with the kids, and squeeze some fun in the sun on a beautiful Caribbean island.
Photo: Constantinescu Adela / Shutterstock Cruising is not a one-size-fits-all experience, but it’s a near-guarantee that there’s a cruise vacation out there that’s practically tailored to you. Whether you want to float down French canals or sail the Caribbean with 5,000 other passengers, the right experience is out there. As for the onboard experience, there’s plenty of entertainment, and there’s no need to worry about seasickness, because there are plenty of ways to avoid it. Photo: Laszlo Halasi / Shutterstock Wherever you want to go in the world, there’s a cruise waiting for you there.
You Book a Same-Day Flight Don’t leave your flight to the last minute. There’s a decent chance you’ll lose your whole vacation if your flight is delayed or your checked luggage doesn’t make it to your arrival airport at the same time you do. Try to arrive a day before your cruise is scheduled to depart. I’ve seen many people miss their cruise because of it.” You Overpack—Or Underpack Don’t bring too much.
Brand loyalty among cruisers is a funny thing. Each enjoyable cruise you take on one cruise line entrenches you more firmly in your comfort zone. Once you settle in, it feels like you could sail to the ends of the earth fearlessly with your chosen cruise line. Yahoo Travel went in search of the best cruise perks available on the major lines, digging deep into the muddled fine print to find what each loyalty program is best at.
The words Semester at Sea may conjure up images of hundreds of college students aboard a nautical campus, sailing around the world with ship parties and port adventures. For parents who value lifelong learning, Semester at Sea is becoming an ideal way to educate kids through travel.
Some cruise ships are asking passengers not to shake crew members’ hands at formal events. During a cruise, shaking hands with the captain is a small honor — the shipboard equivalent of shaking hands with the President of the United States. Funny thing is, there may come a day when it’s easier to get a handshake from a U.S. President than a cruise ship captain.
There are ships I love, ships I like, and ships I dread sailing on. Here are the seven worst things you can do on a cruise ship. Do any of these with the full understanding that many of your better-mannered, too-polite-to-say-so fellow passengers will despise you as a result.
Becoming a luxury travel advisor — hard work, but you’ll see the world. Successful luxury travel advisors do just that. As part of my job reporting on travel trends, I’ve attended events around the world like Virtuoso Travel Week and ILTM (International Luxury Travel Mart) and interviewed hundreds of advisors on how they became successful — and how being a travel advisor today is different from being a travel agent of the past.
Cruise aggregators like VacationsToGo.com may help you save even more. Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas is headed for the Western Caribbean out of Galveston, Texas. Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), and Royal Caribbean sail seven-nighters from here — and the competition this spring is heating up.
The only thing harder than falling off a cruise ship is surviving the fall. It happened in January when a 22-year-old passenger on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas went overboard off the coast of Mexico. After passengers and crew on a passing ship, the Disney Cruise Lines Magic, heard his cries for help, a lifeboat was deployed and the man was miraculously saved. According to CruiseJunkie.com, which tracks incidents at sea, there were 22 man-overboard (“MOB,” in cruise line parlance) incidents last year.
Cruise ships are the ultimate vacation indulgence. Yahoo Travel asked Dr. John Bradberry, a former ship doctor and medical director for a major cruise line, to tell us the biggest health mistakes he’s seen cruise passengers make. Some are obvious (do we really need to tell you not to get blackout drunk on a cruise ship?).
From Shrek to SpongeBob, lines are forging partnerships with entertainment groups to offer themed cruises featuring TV and film characters — which is a big draw for travelers with children. It’s no surprise that this is an area Disney excels at, but even knowing that, the line still manages to impress. Mickey and Minnie greet cruisers before they even leave the terminal, and then welcome them aboard the ship as well.
The Brilliance of the Seas was escorted back to Tampa by the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday after being stuck at sea for over a day due to an dense fog that enveloped the boat.
Cruise-line swimming pools are getting more luxurious and exciting by the day. Whether you see swimming pools as a place to cool off, sun yourself, or enjoy a fruity cocktail, these are some of the most insane swimming pools at sea. Disney has taken poolside entertainment on the Disney Dream to another level.
A cruise is heaven — until norovirus hits (twice!). WCAU-TV in Philadelphia reports that Sea Isle City resident Barbara Ferguson was among 630 passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas who contracted a strain of norovirus in February 2014. The cruise line offered her a discounted trip as compensation, and she set sail on their Grandeur of the Seas vessel late last month.
The blizzard of 2015 is proving to be deja vu for Rob Perez, who is stranded in Las Vegas for the second year in a row. “Flight has been rebooked, motel stay extended,” he wrote on Twitter. Bernard Gershon’s United Airlines flight from Miami to New York was canceled, and the airline offered to rebook him on Wednesday — but he didn’t want to fight the crowds, so he opted for a flight on Friday.
Regent Seven Seas will charge $5,000 a night, per person, for a luxury suite the size of a house — with 3,875 square feet of space (360 square meters) — onboard its new Regent Seven Seas Explorer ship, coming in 2016.
Looks like someone needs to remind Norwegian Cruise Line that a lot of people take Caribbean cruises to get away from the snow. NCL just announced its humongous new ship, Norwegian Escape, will include its first ever Snow Room. This arctic oasis, located in the ship’s high-tech Mandara Spa, will be kept at a freezing 21 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit.