Top 10 Cruise Tips

We recently polled some Cruise Radio listeners to find out what some of their top cruising tips are. While you may think a lot of these are obvious, a lot are often overlooked. Top 10 Cruise Tips 1. Attend the Captain’s cocktail party, welcome party or past-passenger party – the drinks are free! 2. Pre-pay everything! Including gratuities, […]

Another Cruise Line Bans Indoor Smoking

Effective with the first cruises in 2014, Crystal Cruises will eliminate smoking in all indoor areas, except for its Connoisseur Club smoking lounge.  Outside smoking will be allowed in a limited number of designated spaces. The revised policy begins with 2014 voyages of Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, respectively, and eliminates smoking in all staterooms […]

A Guide to Planning a European Cruise

Recently, I sat down to plan a cruise to Europe this summer. After staring at the computer for a few minutes, the first thing that came to mind was to check out kayak.com and see what airfare looked like. Well, small problem – there are a lot of airports in Europe and lots of possible […]

Carnival Announces Cruise Check-In Service at Miami Airport

Great news for Carnival Cruise Line passengers flying into MIA and cruising out of Miami or Port Everglades. Passengers who are flying into MIA can now check-in for their cruise at Concourses “D” or “H” on the day of their sailing, this first reported by Travel Pulse. The airport check-in counters are open from 8am […]

New Book Claims Cheap Cruise Secrets

Just a gimmick to sell books or does it actually work? I haven’t read it but David Kirkland claims he has penned the book on how to cruise for cheap by writing Cruise Ships Secrets. David spent a decade working as officer on a cruise ship and has now over-promised ways of saving hundreds of […]

Five Resources to Research Shore Excursions

You’ve done it. You’ve booked a cruise; the countdown is officially on — now it’s time to plan your excursions – without breaking the bank. It can be done with the right research. If you’ve sailed before then you know that cruise ship shore excursions can add up. The cruise lines are in the business […]

Royal Caribbean Wins Innovation Award

Royal Caribbean recently took home an award at the annual InformationWeek 500 Conference for their innovative technology practices. They were also the only cruise line honored in the Hospitality and Travel industry for its guest portal iPad application recently deployed on the 1,804-guest Splendor of the Seas. Through the iPad app and with the touch […]

Five Ways to Score Last Minute Cruise Deals

It wasn’t that long ago when you could show up at the dock with your passport in hand and go on a sailing. These days, post- 9/11, and with increased homeland security, it’s nearly impossible. Even industry people who want to go on a ship for the day need to submit their paperwork at least […]

Cruise Industry Adopts New Lifeboat Policy

Effective immediately, a new lifeboat policy has been adopted for the cruise industry, an outcome of the Cruise Industry Operational Review. The operational review is a panel launched after the Costa Concordia incident earlier this year to evaluate and cross-check all cruise line safety policies. Under this new policy cruise lines must fill their lifeboats […]

New Website Connects Do-It-Yourself Cruisers

Every now and then I’ll come across a website that strikes me as innovative and not a business who is just trying to copy someone else. Recently I came across Zweeno, a site for you DIY (do it yourself) shore excursion folks and everything in between. I asked the creator, Galen, to give me a […]