Planning a cruise is exciting, but it can be easy to blow your budget in the process. According to Cruise Lines International Association, 24 million passengers are expected to cruise in 2016, each paying an average of $2,200 per trip.
Although cruises are available year-round, the best time to go depends on your destination, budget and, of course, vacation schedule.
People are giving cruises more five-star ratings than before, with the biggest improvements in scores related to dining and entertainment, according to Cruiseline.com.
Your first cruise should be a time of relaxation, romance and adventure. But while it is easy to keep your spirits afloat on the high seas, getting too careless with spending can sink your wallet.
I you book your cruise far enough in advance, you may notice the price will rise and fall a dozen times before you set sail. That's why it's important to monitor your cruise fare.
Our goal here at Cruise Fever is simple, to help you have the best cruise vacation possible. Even though we are the #1 most socially shared cruise blog on the planet, we can’t offer everything.
Great news, the Elks Lodge is available for your family reunion. Get ready for green bean casseroles and gelatin desserts. (Face it, unless your last name is Osbourne, another boring get-together is in the works.)
Isn’t it about time the family tree let’s its bark down? Like reconnecting on a cruise that sails to the Caribbean.
"We let them go and said 'O.K., text if you need anything," explains Wolf, an independent travel consultant who specializes in Disney.
If you’re reluctant to book a cruise because of the price tag, take heart: There are plenty of creative ways to cut costs without sacrificing the best parts of the trip.
For many families, a cruise represents the ultimate vacation—an all-inclusive trip aboard a fancy yacht with endless buffets and activities, plus shore excursions on some of the world's most beautiful islands.
What happens if the price of your cruise drops after you booked it and put down a deposit? You can usually get the lower price as long as final payment hasn't passed. Note: Some special "one day sales" that various cruise lines will offer are for new bookings only.
As a single mom, Kayt Sukel traveled with her kid. A lot. The freelance science writer and partner at TravelSavvyMom and her son, now 10, have visited more than 25 countries — and a whole lot of resorts, hotels, airlines and tours.
Growing up in an age where mobile phones were an extreme luxury, cost $9.95 a minute to use, and were fancy if had caller ID, traveling was different. In a pre-smartphone era, we had to use maps, experience, and gumption to navigate.
It used to be that traveling almost always meant consulting the concierge at my hotel—whether to deal with logistics or for inside info about how to make the most of limited time.
You’ll learn everything you need to know before booking port excursions, read reviews and tips from previous users, and get a sneak peek of the ship through deck cameras.
Service and staff rank tops among cruise attributes, new ships usually (but not always) beat older ships and the most-talked about elements in cruisers' online reviews are the basics—dining, service and accommodations.
Executives at the major cruise lines all seem to have one question on their mind. "How can we convince people who have never cruised before to try a cruise?"
Anyone planning a cruise these days quickly learns that major lines such as Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean have their own smartphone apps to help passengers navigate their floating cities and discover on-board entertainment, spa services and ports of call.
Imagine finding a luxury hotel room that costs just $62 a night, a price that includes all of your meals and a view of the ocean from your private balcony. Sounds like a pretty great deal right? Well, it’s for real.
Cruise review website Cruiseline.com re-launched its Android version of Ship Mate Cruise App, a mobile cruise community with more than 750,000 downloads.
Think you got a great deal on that cruise? Maybe so, but it’s likely you’ll pay a lot more when you get onboard -- especially if you’re a food lover.
Cruises are a great way to vacation in multiple destinations without packing and repacking your luggage.
Glaciers in Alaska! The glittering capitals of the Mediterranean! The Caribbean’s most alluring islands! A new generation of mega-ship—and industry-wide price wars—are making these and other dream cruises more affordable than ever before.
As the cruise industry's "wave season" heats up, travel specialists say demand is strong and in some cases sales are ahead of this time last year.
A fleet of new ships in the Caribbean could mean not just greater selection but better deals for tropics-bound sailors. In November, the year-old, 3,502-guest MSC Divina began sailing year-round to the Caribbean from Miami.
Whether you're looking to invest in a cruise line or go on a cruise, the following information should be of interest to you.
From new ships to new amenities to new ways to customize the cruise experience, cruisers are being offered more, more, more.
Cruiseline.com, a cruise review website, has acquired the Ship Mate cruise app, which will become the mobile version of Cruiseline.com.
Social cruise and verified cruise review site Cruiseline.com has purchased the ShipMate cruise app, which is the world’s largest mobile cruise community with more than 170k users on both the iOS and Android platforms.
Cruise review website Cruiseline.com acquired Ship Mate Cruise App, the largest mobile cruise community with more than 170,000 iOS and Android users.
In 2013, major cruise lines are expected to welcome 17.6 million passengers — or more than double the number from just around a decade ago, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.
Bon Voyage, Cruiseline.com’s new digital magazine, aims to be the definitive travel magazine for cruisers, first timers and seasoned pros.
The cruise reviews community Cruiseline.com launched 'Bon Voyage,' a digital travel magazine designed for everyone from new cruisers to aficionados. The publication offers editorial reviews, port guides, trend stories and tips from experienced travel writers.
We all know the impact of social media. Facebook and Twitter have become part of the daily routine for millions. Cruisers are no exception. Sharing and interacting with fellow shipmates is a critical part of planning for that next cruise. That's where Cruiseline.com comes in.
World Travel Holdings debuted Cruiseline.com, a cruise community site which currently offers some 18,000 verified cruise reviews.
Lauren Kaufman, LKPR
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