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All you need to know about planning your first or next cruise. Useful tips for first-time cruisers, government and official information, travel insurance, cruising weather, and health concerns.
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  3. Government & Official Info (14)
  4. Cruising Weather (13)

New Cruise Ships in 2013
Do you like new ships? If so, use this information on the new ships in 2013 to help plan your next cruise.

Frequently Asked Questions - About Cruises
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about cruises that can be used for planning your first or next cruise vacation.

Planning Your First Cruise - Ten Questions to Answer
Planning your first cruise can be a daunting challenge, but if you have made all the required pre-cruise decisions, the rest of the trip will be easy.

How to Find the Best Cruise Deals
Tips on when and how to find the best cruises deals

Summer Cruise Ideas
Where are the best places in the world to cruise in the summer months of May through September?

How to Get an Upgrade on a Cruise Ship Cabin
Choosing a cabin on a cruise ship can be a complicated task. Some ships have 20 or more categories, all with different prices and locations on the ship. When discussing cabin options, one frequent question travelers often ask of their travel agent or cruise representative is, "how do I get a free upgrade on a cabin?"

How to Choose the Best Cabin on a Cruise Ship
Choosing a cabin on your cruise ship is one of the most important decisions you make when planning your cruise vacation. This article provides details on the different types of cabin categories and a discussion of how to choose the right location on a ship to meet your needs.

Cruise Vacation Packing List
Comprehensive packing list that includes travel essentials and suggestions for both men and women to pack for a cruise vacation.

Best Sail Away Ports in the World
The cruise destination is one of the most important planning decisions you must make. These ports of call are some of the most spectacular in the world.

Free Things to Do on a Cruise Vacation
Cruises aren't free, but the basic fare includes room, food, and enough onboard activities to provide travelers of all ages with a memorable vacation. If cruise guests can resist the many optional onboard and ashore opportunities to spend money, a cruise is almost all-inclusive. Here's a list of 14 free things to do on a cruise.

Things I Love About Cruising
List of the ten things that I love about cruise travel.

Choosing a Caribbean Cruise
Selecting the 7-day Caribbean cruise itinerary that suits your interests can be a challenge. Many ships sail to the eastern Caribbean and many others to the western Caribbean. Which is best for you?

Planning a European Cruise Vacation
Useful information for planning a European cruise vacation--the pros and cons and when and where to cruise

Baltic and Northern Europe Cruises 2013
Information on cruise lines sailing to the Baltic States and northern Europe in the summer of 2013. Their ships are diverse, with something for everyone.

Most Popular Cruise Lines for Families Cruising with Kids
List of the most popular cruise lines for families with children. Cruising with kids can be great fun for the whole family and these lines offer special facilities for children and youth counselors.

Best Luxury Cruise Lines for Honeymoon and Romantic Cruises
Cruising is great for couples, and a cruise vacation is perfect for honeymooners or romantics of all ages. The four luxury cruise lines listed below have everything you need for a relaxed, romantic cruise vacation -- lots of space per passenger, exceptional service, luxurrious queen-sized beds, tables for two, flexible dining options, and room...

How to Get a Passport
Starting in 2003, cruise passengers will need official proof of citizenship. A driver's license will no longer suffice! Here's how to get a passport, which is the best travel documentation of citizenship.

New Cruise Ships 2011
Information on the new cruise ships launched in 2011, including the Disney Dream, Oceania Cruises' Marina, Uniworld S.S. Antoinette and Douro Spirit, AIDAsol, Compagnie du Ponant's L'Austral, Carnival Magic, Avalon Panorama, AMAWaterways Amaverde and Amalotus, Viking Prestige, Seabourn Quest, Costa Favolosa, and Celebrity Silhouette

New Cruise Ships for 2010
In 2010, cruise lovers were treated to a dozen new ocean-going ships and three new river ships. This article provides information and photos of the new vessels.

New Cruise Ships 2009 - New Ships Launched During 2009
In 2009, the cruise lines will launch 18 new ships -- 11 ocean-going cruise ships and 7 riverboats. The eleven new cruise ships range in size from the significantly refurbished Clelia II with 100 passengers to the brand new Oasis of the Seas, the largest ship ever built, with 5400 passengers!

New Cruise Ships in 2008
The year 2008 will be another good one for those of us who love to experience new cruise ships. Sixteen new ships -- eight large cruise ships, seven small and river ships, and one significantly refurbished expedition ship -- will be launched in 2008. Several major cruise lines, including Carnival, Celebrity, HAL, Princess, Silversea, P&O, and...

New Cruise Ships in 2007
Description of the new cruise ships in 2007, including cruise line, size, launch date, and itineraries of the new cruise ships

Are Pets Allowed on Cruise Ships? Why You Can't Take Your Pet on a Cruise
Discussion of why pets are not allowed on cruise ships

Cruising with Mom for Mother's Day or Any Day!
Planning a cruise with your mom is a perfect Mother's Day gift.

Better Your Chances for a Safe Cruise Vacation
Things to do to better your chances for having a safe cruise vacation. Tips on avoiding burglars and pickpockets when on a cruise vacation.

Public Health, Immigration, and Customs Inspection Process
When you return home, you will be required to pass through various types of passport control (immigration), and inspection processes.

Understanding the Customs Process
All persons entering the U.S. are inspected by the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The "duty free" allowance was increased to $800 per person in November 2002. Here's what you need to know about going through customs and how to determine what you may have to pay in duty taxes.

Ten Tips on Overseas Shopping to "Know Before You Go"
The regulations on what and how much you can bring into the United States from overseas are very complex. The U.S. Customs Service has Ten Tips to "Know Before You Go" with useful links to Web pages of information.

Dress for Success on Your Next Cruise
Cruise dress codes have changed with the times. More and more cruise ships are not requiring formal attire at dinner, and some have "country-club" casual for every meal. How can you determine what clothes to take on your next cruise?

Two Great Spring Cruise Ideas
Two great spring cruise ideas - repositioning cruises and a Dutch tulip river cruise in the Netherlands.

A Cruise Lover's Dream Vacation
Things a cruise lover might do and places she might see if she had all the money and all the time in the world

Fantastic Fall Cruises
Fall is a wonderful time to take a cruise vacation. The kids are back in school, the weather is cooler, and the prices are much less than during the summer or winter seasons.

Use TripIt.com to Organize and Share Your Travel Documents Online
TripIt.com is an online travel tool that allows you to organize and track all the specifics of your vacation in one place.

Cruise Calendar
CruiseCal.com tracks where your favorite ship is, and often provides links to either the ship's or the port's Web cam. Very useful tool to help determine exactly how many ships are going to be in a port of call on a particular day.

Cruise reviews and lots of information that will be useful for planning your cruise.

Excellent source of up-to-the information on cruise ships and cruise lines. Active message boards and articles useful in cruise planning.

One of the most complete databases of staterooms and cabins aboard cruise ships on the Internet. More than 2,300 stateroom categories, more than 106,000 cabin descriptions aboard cruise ships.

Cruise Critic
The Cruise Critic site has all sorts of useful information from news to cruise reviews and everything in between. Also has an active message board that will help with your cruise planning.

The Original Tipping Page
Traveling can be complicated and tiring. People who provide exceptional service making our trips easier deserve an extra gratuity as a reward for their help. This site provides lots of useful information for travelers on gratuities and tipping.

Travel Guard Insurance
Most cruise travelers should consider buying travel insurance to protect their investment in their cruise vacation. Plus, many medical insurance policies do not cover international travel.

Travel Insurance - InsureMyTrip.com
Travel insurance comparison site.

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