Cruising & Cruise Ports
Alaska Cruise and Scenic Drive
Alaska offers America's last great wilderness. The state’s natural wonders delight even the most jaded of travelers. Combining a cruise with a scenic drive enables you to see icy blue glaciers, pristine lakes and panoramas of snow-capped mountains as well as whales and Steller sea lions.
Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park
Most large cruise ships plying the Inside Passage depart from Seward, which is about 127 miles south of Anchorage. We took advantage of the time before our 10 day cruise to explore another part of Alaska’s temperate rain forest: the Kenai Fjords National Park.
Want an upmarket, large ship cruise experience? Then look for the “X” painted on the ship’s funnel, marking the vessel as belonging to Celebrity Cruises. We like the line for such big ship amenities as dining and entertainment choices and also for the line’s good food and gracious décor.
Corfu, Greece: Fortresses and Finds
Corfu Town, the historic area on the island of Corfu and one of Greece’s largest medieval cities, lures walkers like us with its winding, centuries-old pedestrian streets. That, along with the mix of stores, cafes and an ancient fortress, made the place a favorite stop on our Mediterranean cruise.
Cruise RCI’s Freedom Ships
Rock climbing, ice skating and even surfing—care of the FlowRider, a clever contraption that generates waves—are just some of the adventures onboard Royal Caribbean International’s Independence of the Seas, the third in the line’s triumvirate of activity packed mega-ships.
Cruise Tips: Europe and Mediterranean
A European and Mediterranean cruise comes with the excitement of exploring museums, cathedrals and ancient ruins in France, Italy and Greece while unpacking only once. What we learned early on that mars the fun: long drives from ports plus planning too much to do in one day.
Cruises for Families
Cruises offer families a great vacation. But you must choose the right sailing. Years ago, before our first voyage, we worried that we’d come home fat, bored and broke. Instead, we had one of our best family vacations. Here are some tips to find the ship of your family’s dreams.
Cruising Carnival’s Dream
Carnival’s newest and largest ship, the 3,646 passenger Dream, launched September 2009, may be the “Fun line’s” best vessel yet, despite some crowding at maximum capacity. Several new features create smooth sailing aboard the Dream.
Cruising Turkey’s Turquoise Coast
One morning on our "gulet" (yacht)cruise of Turkey's turquoise coast, we awoke to the tinkling of bells and the touch of soft breezes that wafted across Karaloz Cove. A colony of goats was making their descent of a nearby hillside.
How to Save Money on a Cruise
Cruises are good value vacations, providing lodging, food, entertainment and children’s programs for one price. You pay extra for specialty restaurants, alcoholic drinks,shore tours, Internet access and other items. To stay within your budget once onboard, follow these money-saving tips.
Kayak Adventures Carnival Pride, Baltimore
From the mid-Atlantic, you can get to Freeport, the Bahamas, as well as to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, on one tank of gas. That’s because the Carnival Pride offers cruises from Baltimore. What to do with the money you save because you don’t have to purchase airfare? Try kayak adventures.
River & Barge Cruises, Europe
When you cruise Europe’s rivers and canals, you wind through farmlands and medieval villages, past terraced vineyards, and historic castles and sometimes straight to a city’s heart. You can choose from luxury ships that accommodate 100-150 passengers to small boats and barges carrying 6-12 people.
Tips for RCI’s Oasis of the Seas
Considering cruising aboard the world’s largest ship, Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas? Then, follow these tips to navigate your ideal vacation. The vessel’s sheer size adds never before possibilities for fun at sea, but the volume of people also creates some challenges.
Venice by Houseboat
Consider renting a houseboat to see a bit of Europe and to stretch your budget. We did and had a great time exploring the Venetian lagoon.
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