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Planning Your Cruise

The secret to a great, stress-free cruise is having the right resources and planning in advance. Learn how to save money on your next cruise, eliminate problems, and make your vacation the best ever.

5 Bucket List Cruise Experiences star
In todayís world, the emphasis is on collecting extraordinary experiences rather than things. This is particularly true for ardent travelers. If youíre in the market for an exceptional cruise vacation filled with lifelong memories, put these voyages at the top of your bucket list.

5 Flight Tips for Your Winter Cruise star
Cruises can provide the perfect escape from winterís cold weather chills. Winter weather months may also bring weather hazards like snow and ice storms, which can wreak havoc on flight schedules. Here are five flight planning tips to help you arrive on time and avoid missing your cruise departure.

7 Ways To Save Money Onboard Cruise Ships star
Cruising is an excellent vacation value, but everything available onboard is not included in your cruise fare. Itís easy to spend money onboard the ship and there are plenty of options to tempt your wallet. Here are seven money-saving tips to help you stretch your budget onboard your next cruise.

Choosing The Right Ship For A Short Cruise star
Short cruises are perfect for today's vacationers. These 3- to 5-day sailings depart from a wide variety of U.S. and European ports, making them easily accessible. When planning a short cruise, it's important to pick the ship and itinerary that best fits your needs and interests.

Coming Back To Jamaica star
Cruises offer guests the opportunity to sample a number of Caribbean islands and then return to their favorites for a longer visit. While itís hard to get to know an island in such a short time, one can get a sense of its people. Thatís one reason why cruise passengers often return to Jamaica.

Cruising With Young Children star
Cruising is an excellent choice for a family vacation, even for families with little ones ages six months and older. Cruise line offerings for young children vary substantially, however. Parents must carefully research their options and choose a ship that will maximize their vacation enjoyment.

Cruising Without A Passport star
On June 1, 2009, new passport requirements for U.S. citizens traveling in the Western Hemisphere took effect. There is a major exception, however. Passengers traveling to Western Hemisphere countries on "closed loop" cruises are not required to show a passport to reenter the United States.

Do Machu Picchu Your Way star
When travelers think of journeying to Machu Picchu, most think of hiking the Inca Trail. This classic hike over a period of several days takes trekkers through the Peruvian Andes. There are other alternatives, however, that open the Machu Picchu experience up to a wider range of vacationers.

Five For Fun In The Florida Keys star
Thinking about combining a cruise from Miami with a relaxing pre- or post-cruise getaway? Head to the nearby Florida Keys. This chain of islands is known for its nature-oriented attractions, expansive coral reef for snorkeling and diving, soft adventure opportunities, historic sites and more.

Five Resources For Planning Your Day in Port star
There are a number of excellent resources available to help plan your days in each cruise port of call. Using these will help you to get the most out of your cruise experience and save money as well. Research your ports of call far in advance of your cruise, as popular tours can sell out quickly.

Five Ways To Guarantee Satisfaction On Your Cruise star
Taking a vacation to somewhere new can be stressful, but many travelers are interested in trying out new destinations and different cruise ships. Careful planning can make the difference in guaranteeing a fun cruise holiday. Here are five things to do to ensure that youíll enjoy your next cruise.

Get Away From Your Average Cruise star
Families and Type-A cruisers are seeking a variety of onboard options when planning a cruise. Prospective cruise guests should carefully consider their requirements when selecting a ship. Some of the industry's newest ships offer a wide array of amenities, making the ship the vacation destination.

Get Away On A Short Cruise Vacation star
Looking for an inexpensive vacation escape? A short cruise may be just the answer. These cruises depart from a wide variety of U.S. and international ports, eliminating expensive flights and making these vacations very convenient. Learn more to see if a short cruise getaway is right for you.

Getting The Small Ship Experience On A Budget star
Many cruise passengers are attracted to small ship cruises. These smaller vessels can often go to pristine spots where large ships canít travel. The price tag for these cruises, however, can be more than some can afford. Here are five tips to get the feel of a small ship experience on a budget.

How To Get A Great Cruise Deal star
Cruises are a terrific vacation value, particularly for those who shop carefully. There are some great ways to save money and get an excellent cruise vacation deal, particularly for those who can be flexible. Here are seven sure-fire ways to save big on your next cruise.

Music Cruises Hit a High Note star
Theme cruises are popular with today's cruise vacationers. These events give guests an opportunity to hear their favorite stars in concert and meet other fans with the same interests. A new alternative allows music lovers to cruise and have the same concert experience at a fraction of the cost.

Preparing Credit Cards for Travel star
Credit cards can be one of the safest ways to pay for items while you are traveling. If you are counting on using credit cards for the bulk of your purchases on your trip, there are a few things you should know. Here are some tips for making sure your credit cards are ready for travel.

Purchasing Travel Insurance star
When hurricanes and other hazards develop, travelers often start thinking about changing their travel plans. Those who have purchased travel insurance may be protected, depending upon the specific coverage offered by their policies. Here are some important tips for purchasing travel insurance.

Take A Drive-In Holiday Cruise Vacation star
If you're looking for a convenient holiday vacation that offers a good value, consider a cruise. Holiday cruises from close-to-home ports will take you to tropical sunny beaches, sometimes for less than the cost of a round-trip air ticket alone. So book now and enjoy a festive holiday at sea.

Take A Tropical Island Escape star
If youíre dreaming of swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches, start planning your next tropical island trip. Small ship cruises and ferry itineraries make it easy to reach spectacular unspoiled spots. Here are five best bucket list destinations that should be at the top of your vacation list.

Taking A Cruise Volunteer Vacation star
If you're looking for an opportunity to give back on your next vacation, think about combining community service with a cruise. A number of cruise itineraries are well-suited for cruising on a mission, since ships visit many ports where schools and other community organizations need help.

Tips for Orlando Pre- and Post-Cruise Stays star
If you're planning a to combine a vacation in Orlando with a cruise leaving from Port Canaveral, there are many ways to stretch your travel dollars. Here are 10 great budget-saving travel tips help you find deals, save money, and get the most out of your Orlando pre- or post-cruise vacation.

Weatherproof Your Next Tropical Cruise star
Vacationers often start checking the weather forecast for their Caribbean cruise weeks before their trip, no matter what the season. Lack of sunshine can be a worry, but thereís no reason to stress if youíve planned correctly. Weatherproof your vacation by choosing the right ship for your cruise.

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