Flying to your cruise? Here are 13 tips for traveling with children

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Let’s face it – kids are not always great travelers. If your family isn’t lucky enough to live within driving distance to a cruise departure port, you’ll probably need to start your sailing vacation with a flight. That’s more travel time for your children to throw tantrums, make a mess, and stress you out. Don’t […]

Passport Card vs. Book: Which Should I Get?

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A passport card vs. book — which one should I get? You booked your cruise, you’ve purchased plane tickets, and now you’re scratching your head about whether you need a U.S. passport book or passport card (or neither?) for your future sailing. Bring the wrong I.D. and your vacation could be in jeopardy. You must […]

25 First Time Cruise Tips

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You’ve booked your first cruise, and you want to make sure you get everything right. But it’s hard to know what to expect when you’ve never sailed before. If you’re looking for excellent cruise tips for beginners, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll fill you in on 25 key first-time cruise tips, so you’ll […]

Pet Cruises on Queen Mary 2: Pet Policy and Bookings

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Cunard is the only major cruise line that allows passengers to bring a pet dog or cat on their cruise vacation — and only aboard one ship: Queen Mary 2. But you can’t just bring Fluffy onboard QM2 and plunk her down on a travel bed in your cabin. Cats and dogs on cruises must […]

Pet Cruises: Are There Any Cruise Lines That Allow Pets?

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Say you want to cruise to Hawaii with your dog, cruise Carnival with your cat, or take a service animal on a vacation at sea. Do any cruise lines allow pets or emotional support dogs and animals to travel with their humans? The answer is, your choices are very limited when it comes to cruising […]

5 Best Cruise Lines for Senior Citizens

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Which cruise line is best for seniors? That really depends on what kind of senior you are. Some retirees are ready for adventure, looking to conquer the world (or check off bucket-list destinations) with extensive travels and new experiences. Others want to use their non-working years to pursue their hobbies or expand their minds. Still […]

How to Pick the Best Pre-Cruise Hotel for Your Family

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Families have different requirements than couples when it comes to choosing a pre-cruise hotel. If you’re arriving early in Miami, Rome, or any other cruise homeport, make sure your hotel stay is a fun and hassle-free part of your family cruise vacation. You don’t want to start your cruise already stressed out and sleep deprived. […]

Military Discount Cruises and Veteran Cruise Deals

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Many cruise lines honor active-duty and retired servicemen and women, as well as veterans, with military cruise discounts. These take the form of special rates or onboard credit on select cruises, with proof of military service. If you’re a veteran, discount cruises are a great way to enjoy your retirement or travel to places you […]

How to Plan a Successful Embarkation Day for Your Family Cruise

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The cruise boarding process and first day chaos can be frustrating for adults, who just want to be on vacation already dammit! But for over-excited kids, it can be downright excruciating. Long lines, long waits, crowds, and lots of standing breed meltdowns faster than you can say “muster drill.” Your best defense is to come […]

Alaska Cruise Weather in May, June and July: What to Expect in the Early Season

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If you’re wondering how cold Alaska cruises are and whether it’s better to cruise early or late in the season, you’re not alone. Unpredictable Alaska cruise weather has many travelers hesitating over which month to book their sailing.  Weather in Alaska in September, for cruises, is not much colder than in early June, but is […]