Understanding Norovirus: Why It’s a Cruiser’s Nightmare


Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach, or intestines (or both) to get inflamed. This leads to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting for up to 48 hours. It’s not pretty, trust me – […]

How Much Cruise Spending Money Do I Need

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It’s vacation time! You’ve paid for your cruise and booked your flight. But, while you’re ready to go right now, your bank account still has some work to do. You need to figure out just how much spending money to budget for your time on the ship. Before we get to the key points, make SURE […]

How to Monitor Cruise Price Drops


I’ve been a fan of the ShipMate App for several years now. Creator Mike Jirout and his brother Jan developed this app for their family to keep track of each other (and feed their cruising addiction). The idea turned into the current day ShipMate App, a cruising app that has exceeded a million downloads – that’s huge! What is ShipMate App? ShipMate […]

5 WiFi Hotspots in Grand Turk


  The first thing a 21st-century cruiser does when they get off their ship is go searching for a wi-fi hotspot. If you’re arriving into Grand Turk you can consider yourself lucky because there are a few wi-fi options within walking distance to the pier. Here are five wi-fi Hotspots in Grand Turk. 1. Margaritaville As you step […]

7 First Time Cruise Tips

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I recently disembarked on my very first cruise and it was awesome! While I was sailing I picked up a few tips – some that I already knew, and some I probably wouldn’t have thought of. Here are a few first-time cruise tips I learned. 1. Pre-pay Gratuities Gratuities are very important to all of the crew members […]

Royal Caribbean’s First Ever “Godfamily” Name New Ship


When it came time for the naming ceremony of Royal Caribbean’s new cruise ship, they made it a family affair: For the first time, the cruise line went not with a Godmother or Godfather for Symphony of the Seas, but rather a Godfamily! Welcome To Miami, Symphony! Actors Alexa an Carlos PenaVega, along with their […]

Norwegian’s Newest Cruise Ship Moves To Miami

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Having finished her inaugural season of Alaska sailings (and spent a month doing trips out of Los Angeles), Norwegian Bliss will now spend the next few months offering voyages out of Miami. Where Norwegian Bliss Will Sail To To say that the ship’s first season sailing from Seattle to Alaska was successful would be a […]