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Comprehensive cruise vacation packing list that details everything a traveler might need on a cruise. Includes items for women, men, and those all-important cruise essentials.
Tips for planning a 2014 Alaska, including details of large and mid-sized cruise ships cruising to Alaska
How to decide where on the ship to choose a cabin--upper or lower decks, aft, forward or mid-ship. Page 3.
Carnival Cruise Lines currently operates 23 cruise ships built between 1990 and 2012. The ships primarily sail to the Caribbean from several ports in the southern United States and New York, but Carnival also cruises to the Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, and New England/Atlantic Canada.
Some of the best seasickness remedies include medication, herbs, or acupressure. Which is the best treatment for you? Page 2.
Information on how to avoid seasickness, the biggest fear of cruise travelers.
Tips on how to get a cabin upgrade on a cruise ship
Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands near Amsterdam feature spectacular spring bulb flowers and are considered the world's largest flower gardens. The Keukenhof tulips are especially magnificent.
Catching a Norwalk virus or a norovirus on your cruise ship can ruin a cruise vacation. This article has information on the Norwalk virus (or norovirus)--what it is and how to lessen your chances of getting it.
Carnival Dream cruise ship profile and pictorial tour, including links to over 100 photos of the cabins, dining venues, bars and lounges, interior common areas, and exterior common areas
Details of Carnival Dream cruise ship cabins, interiors, exteriors, and dining options
Do you like to ride trains? Many cruise shore excursions include seeing a part of your destination from a train. Here's some information on some of the best and most diverse.
When planning a cruise, you need to first decide who is going on the cruise and then get together to determine what interests are shared and what interests are different. The good thing about cruising is that the group can do some activities together and others independently.
Pictures of blooming tulip fields in Noord Holland and Friesland in the Netherlands.
Tips for planning a small ship cruise to Alaska in 2014, including luxury and adventure ships with less than 500 passengers
Which Caribbean cruise destination suits you best - an eastern Caribbean cruise or a western Caribbean cruise?
What time of year is best for planning a cruise to Europe? This article provides useful information for planning a European cruise vacation. Page 2.
What types of clothing should you take on a cruise? Is dressing up really necessary?
Tulip and other spring flowers picture from Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. Page 2.
Picture of a naturalist explaining how although sting rays are not aggressive, a sting ray barb can be dangerous if you step on it when the stingray is buried in the sand. Page 8.
Tips on when and how to find the best cruises deals
Pictures of the Carnival Dream cruise ship cabins and suites. The Carnival cruise ship has 1823 cabins, which include interior cabins, oceanview cabins, balcony cabins, family cabins, suites, spa cabins, and penthouse suites.
Information on cruise lines sailing to the Baltic States, British Isles, and northern Europe in the summer of 2014. Their ships are diverse, with something for everyone.
Amsterdam in the Netherlands is a wonderful city that is full of canals and is a popular port of call for ships sailing to northren Europe or for river ships sailing the Rhine River or on spring tulip time cruises.
Things to do and see at Mahogany Bay on the island of Roatan in Honduras from the Carnival Liberty. Page 5.
Things to do with a day in Freeport in the Bahamas. Page 3.
Information on tipping and service charge policies of cruise lines and cruise ships. Page 2.
Rome is accessible to cruise lovers from the port of Civitavecchia. The Eternal City is also often a point of embarkation for cruise ships. Points of interest such as the Forum, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, and all of the marvelous fountains and piazzas make this city a traveler's paradise.
Six-page comprehensive pictorial tour of the Carnival Liberty cruise ship including information on the cabins, dining, indoor common areas, outdoor deck areas, and onboard activities and entertainment.
Nassau is one of the most popular ports of call in the Bahamas for cruise ships sailing from Florida. Here are some things to do and see with a day in Nassau.
Finding a good travel agent can sometimes be the difference between a good cruise and a great cruise. They can help you save money, give you excellent advice on the type of cruise best suited to your personality, and make your vacation a memorable one. A cruise travel agent can help you work through all the numerous questions you might have about cruising. How do you find a good travel agent?
Oasis of the Seas dining venues -- information on the 24 dining options on the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International and links to pictures of some of the Oasis dining venues
Things to do around the pool and outdoors on the Carnival Fantasy cruise ship. Page 7.
Photo of momma elephant and baby elephant at Addo Elephant National Park. Page 9.
Oasis of the Seas picture of a superior ocean view cabin with a balcony (category D1). Page 6.
Tips and requirements for finding a job in the cruise industry. Page 2.
Profile and tour of the MSC Divina cruise ship, including a look at the dining venues, accommodations, interior common areas and outdoor decks.
Comprehensive tour of the Carnival Breeze cruise ship, including information on the dining, cabins, spa, entertainment, kid's areas, and onboard activities. Article has links to over 100 pictures of the newest Carnival Cruises' ship.
Oasis of the Seas picture of a balcony cabin. The Oasis of the Seas has balcony cabins overlooking the ocean, the Boardwalk, and Central Park. Page 3.
Pictures of the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship cabins, including interior, ocean view, family, balcony, and superior balcony
How to plan a European cruise vacation including the pros and cons and when and where to cruise
Profile of the Holland America Line lifestyle, passengers, ships, cabins, cuisine, and activities.
Frequently asked questions and topics about St. Petersburg, Russia. Things you should know before you cruise to St. Petersburg.
Oasis of the Seas picture of the view from a Boardwalk balcony cabin. Boardwalk view balcony cabins in the stern of the ship feature views of the Boardwalk, the AquaTheater, and the ocean. Page 4.
Cruise ship photo of the Carnival Dream Waves Pool. Page 2.
Information and pictures of the Disney Dream cruise ship cabins, dining, lounges, outdoor deck areas, AquaDuck water coaster, interior areas, kid's areas, teens and tweens areas, and adults-only areas
List of the top things to do and see in Ketchikan, Alaska
Repositioning cruises occur each spring and fall when the cruise lines move their ships to Alaska or Europe in the spring and to the Caribbean, South America, Asia, or Australia in the fall. These cruises often represent good cruise deals or bargains and an opportunity for more sea days.
Information, pictures, and tour of the Oasis of the Seas, the world's largest cruise ship from Royal Caribbean International
Photo of a Celebrity Solstice AquaClass Cabin with Veranda. Page 9.
Information on the most popular family cruise lines. Cruising with kids can be great fun for the whole family and these lines offer special facilities for children and youth counselors.
Oasis of the Seas cruise ship picture of an ocean view cabin without a balcony. Page 8.
Oasis of the Seas picture of an interior cabin. Page 9.
Florence (Firenze) Italy is a magnificent city and a wonderful place to spend either a day from your cruise ship or even an entire vacation. Cruise ships port at Livorno, and bus passengers into Florence. Here are some things to see and do in Florence, Italy.
Pictorial tour of Copenhagen, showing things to do and see when your cruise ship is in port.
Hurricanes are a summer and fall threat for Caribbean cruises and vacation travelers. If you plan to visit the Caribbean during this summer or fall but are leery of hurricane season, you might consider a cruise. Here are some tips for improving your chances of avoiding a hurricane.
Description of the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship, including an overview of the ship
Oasis of the Seas picture of a balcony cabin overlooking the ocean. These cabins are identical to the balcony cabins overlooking the Boardwalk and Central Park--except for the views! Page 7.
Description of the free things included in the basic fare for a cruise vacation
Why are pets not allowed on cruise ships? Pets are not allowed on cruise ships for health concerns and because cruise ships usually visit countries with strict quarantine laws for pets entering the country.
Thirty-six photos of the Celebrity Solstice cabins and suites
Cruise photo of a Carnival Dream Balcony Cabin on the Carnival Cruise Lines' cruise ship. Page 11.
Facts and figures of the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship - size, cost, and comparison to other items. Page 5.
Maps of European countries that feature European river cruises, including cruises on the Danube River, Rhine River, Main River, Elbe River, Moselle River, Rhone River, Saone River, Seine River, Douro River, and rivers and canals of the Netherlands
Cruise maps of countries around the world with cruise ship ports of call.
Although 19 million people will cruise this year, many other travelers avoid cruises because of one of the 10 myths listed here.
Oasis of the Seas picture of a family interior cabin. Page 10.
Cruise picture of an interior cabin on the Carnival Dream cruise ship of Carnival Cruises. Page 5.
Travelers frequently asked questions for planning and booking a cruise to the Greek Isles
Information on the Norwegian Epic cabins, dining, bars, entertainment and common areas. 200 photos and images of the Norwegian Cruise Line ship.
Overview of Douro River Cruises in Portugal and Spain, including those of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Viking River Cruises, and AmaWaterways
Cruise photo of a Carnival Dream Cove Balcony cabin
Celebrity Solstice profile and tour, including links to over 100 photos of the Celebrity Cruises' ship
Cruise ship picture of the bathroom in a Carnival Dream Interior Cabin. Page 7.
Cruise photo of a Carnival Dream Oceanview Cabin. Page 9.
Oasis of the Seas picture of a Standard Bathroom. These baths include a shower stall with curved door, one sink, a toilet, and good storage area. Standard baths are found in all cabins except suites, which also have a tub or tub/shower combination. Page 5.
Picture of the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship Sports Zone from Royal Caribbean International. Page 4.
Information and pictures of the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship cabins and suites
Barcelona things to do and see on your Mediterranean cruise to Barcelona such as La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, Barri Gotic (old town), Casa Batllo, and Montserrat.
Pictures of spring flowers of all kinds - red, yellow, blue, and white flowers including cherry blossoms and azaleas
Useful information for planning a European cruise vacation--which destination is best for you? Page 3.
Facts, figures, history and exploring Nassau and the other islands in the Bahamas. Page 2.
Cruise photo of a Carnival Dream Family Cabin bathroom. The family cabins have 2 baths. This bath has a shower, toilet, and sink. The second bath in a Carnival Dream family cabin has a tub and sink. Page 3.
Information on Mekong River cruise tour options, including those with AmaWaterways, Avalon Waerways, Pandaw Cruises, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, and Viking River Cruises
Fort Lauderdale or Port Everglades, Florida is a popular embarkation point for many cruise ships sailing to the Caribbean. The port is very near the Fort Lauderdale airport.
Cruise ship picture of the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas Pool Deck. Page 24.
Basic information about Carnival Cruise Lines' kids' program called Camp Carnival
Cruise photo of a Carnival Dream Penthouse Suite. Page 21.
Pictures of Murano, Italy, which is the home of the famous Murano glass and glassblowing shops
A day in Argostoli on the Greek island of Cephalonia (also spelled Kefalonia and Kephalonia). Page 5.
Gambling in the casino is a popular activity on board cruise ships. Here's a little history on riverboat gambling and why gaming on cruise ships is fun for beginners.
Photo of the outdoor swimming pool on the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship. Page 4.
Photo of a Celebrity Solstice Concierge Class cabin. Page 14.
Maps of 23 countries with Mediterranean cruise ports of call
Carnival Dream dining venues pictures and information
Overview of the Allure of the Seas dining options
Picture of the dolphin training lagoon at Dolphinaris on the island of Cozumel off the coast of Mexico in the Caribbean Sea. Page 11.
Norwegian Gem tour and overview of the accommodations, dining, public areas, bars and lounges, and kid's areas. Article includes links to 94 photos of the Norwegian Gem.
See how tulips are grown and harvested with a visit to a Dutch tulip farm near Amsterdam
Photo of a Celebrity Solstice Deluxe Ocean View Cabin with Veranda. Page 4.
Things to see and do with a day in Tunis and La Goulette, Tunisia from the MSC Splendida cruise ship. Page 4.
Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship tour and review, with information on the interiors, exteriors, dining, cabins, and bars
Tour of the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise ship Youth Zone. Page 8.
Photos and information on some of the 29 different Norwegian Breakaway dining options
Bruges, Belgium is a well-preserved medieval city that is perfect for a walking tour. Full of interesting architecture and fascinating cobblestone streets, criss-crossed by peaceful canals, Bruges is a tourist's dream, and on the UNESCO World Heritage list
Monte Carlo may be very small, but sightseeing in Monte Carlo, Monaco is fun and educational. Cruisers will find plenty to see and do with a day in Monte Carlo. Page 2.
Cruise ship picture of a Carnival Dream Suite. Page 16.
How to find cruise ships with repositioning cruises scheduled for the fall months of September through December. Page 2.
Artist's rendering of the Oasis of the Seas' Central Park neighborhood. Page 46.
Cruise ship picture of the bathroom in a Carnival Dream Suite. Page 19.
Three basic Alaska cruise itineraries make up the majority of Alaska cruises--Inside Passage, Gulf of Alaska, or Bering Sea.
Celebrity Infinity cruise ship cabins and accommodations. Page 2.
Cruise photo of the bathroom on the Carnival Dream cruise ship of Carnival Cruise Lines. Page 13.
Detailed travel log of a Celebrity Infinity cruise to Normandy, France and the British Isles. Cruise was roundtrip from Harwich, with stopovers in Le Havre, Guernsey, Cobh, Dublin, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, and Invergordon
Photo of a Celebrity Solstice Family Veranda Cabin. Page 10.
Cruise photo of a Carnival Dream balcony on a Standard Carnival Dream Balcony Cabin. Page 15.
Photo tour of the cabins and suites on the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises
The top ports to visit in the eastern Caribbean include all of the activities you expect in a Caribbean cruise--great beaches, fascinating history, sparkling blue waters, marvelous ocean views, and excellent shopping
Overview of the photo tour of the Louis Cristal cabins and suites
Oasis of the Seas picture of a family balcony cabin. Page 16.
Pictures from a tour of the interiors and cabins of the Carnival Liberty cruise ship
Celebrity Reflection cruise ship tour and profile that includes information on the new features of the fifth Solstice-class Celebrity ship, along with information on the cabins and suites, dining options, interior common areas, and outdoor deck areas
How to find cruise ships with repositioning cruises scheduled for the spring months of March through May or early June. Page 3.
Pictures of the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship suites, including the Royal Loft Suite, Royal Family Suite, Owner's Suite, Grand Suite, Crown Loft Suite, AquaTheater Suite, and Junior Suite
Touring the Normandy Beaches and D-Day sites are an interesting shore excursion tour for cruise ships porting at Le Havre or elsewhere on the northern coast of France. The Normandy Beaches and D-Day are words that evoke strong memories for those either old enough to remember World War II or for those who love history. Seeing this area of France really makes the war come alive, and I learned things I never read about in school.
Eurodam tour and profile, which includes cruise ship information and links to over 100 photos of the Holland America Eurodam staterooms, dining venues, common areas, and exteriors
Information and tips on how to apply for a United States passport book
Cruise ship picture of the Carnival Dream Cloud 9 Spa Thalassotherapy Pool. Page 2.
Tour of the Celebrity Silhouette, including information on the new restaurants and other venues and links to dozens of pictures of the cruise ship
If you don't want to go hiking in the interior of Puerto Rico at the El Yunque National Park, here are more things to do in San Juan. Page 2.
Travel journal of a Viking Spirit European river cruise on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers from Budapest to Amsterdam. Journal covers Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, cruising the Danube, Melk, Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg.
Details of the dining and cuisine options on the Carnival Magic cruise ship, including RedFrog Pub, Cucina del Capitano, Prime Steakhouse, Lido Marketplace, main dining rooms, Chef's Table, and the many places on the ship for a snack. Page 2.
The SS Norway is one of the last great ocean liners. She was severely damaged in a May 2003 fire, and her future is uncertain, but it looks like she will be scrapped. The Norway was still anchored off the beach at Alang in India in November 2006. Her history is remarkable, and she has many cruise fans around the world.
Picture of the Allura catamaran, one of many ways to get from Grand Cayman Island to Stingray City. Page 9.
Cruise ship photo of a Carnival Dream Suite vanity. Page 18.
Profile of the Norwegian Breakaway, including information on the cabins, dining, lounges, entertainment, spa and fitness, aqua park and sports complex, 678 Ocean Place, The Waterfront, and The Haven. Profile includes links to over 100 photos of the ship.
Description of the MSC Cruises' lifestyle, passenger profiles, cabins and accommodations, cuisine, common areas, and spa and fitness facilities.
Tour and profile of the Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas cruise ship
Cruise ship profile and photo tour of the Louis Cristal, a mid-sized, budget-priced cruise ship that sails the eastern Mediterranean for Louis Cruises
Photo gallery and information on the dozen dining venues on the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship
Photos of the various cabin categories on the Norwegian Epic, including the spa, balcony, studio, and handicapped accessible Norwegian Epic cabins
Cruise ship photo of a Carnival Dream Penthouse Suite Vanity. Page 24.
The American Queen is a re-creation of a 19th century steamboat, with Victorian decor and beautiful exteriors. The riverboat sails North American rivers including the Upper and Lower Mississippi River, Ohio River, and Tennessee River.
Pictures of the Carnival Dream interiors, which are the inside public areas on the Carnival Cruise Lines' ship
Pictures of cruise ships of all shapes and sizes from around the world
Pictures of the Allure of the Seas cruise ship cabin and suite stateroom accommodations. The large ship has 10 types of suites and 14 categories of cabins.
Picture of an Oasis of the Seas Promenade Stateroom, which is an inside stateroom with a window that overlooks the Royal Promenade. The Promenade cabins have 194 square feet. Page 22.
Eze is a village on the French Riviera, and a fascinating place to take a shore excursion from Nice, Cannes, or Monte Carlo.
Picture of the merge of the Solimoes River and the Rio Negro River, which join near Manaus, Brazil to form the Amazon River. Page 16.