Designed to speak to everyone from first-time cruisers to the most passionate aficionados, our advice section features gorgeous photos, authoritative writing, and smart tips from top travel writers on everything from what ship to choose to what to pack and what to do in port. We cover exotic and trendy locations, but it's our tropical, beachy destinations that will remind you just how good it is to feel the sun on your face. Whether your next cruise is this week or later this year, you'll wish you were onboard already.
Kimberly Coyne Head of Sales & Content Strategy
Kimberly fell in love with cruising at just 10 years old when her family sailed on the original Carnival Mardi Gras for summer vacation. Since then and with more than 150 cruises under her belt she still loves to cruise every chance she gets. Over the years, Kim has worked for several cruise lines and spent her entire career in the cruise and travel industry. Kimberly is the Head of Sales & Content Strategy which allows her to keep her skills diversified and put all her cruise knowledge to (good) use.
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Brooke Franco Community & Public Relations Manager
Brooke Franco is the Community & Public Relations Manager for Cruiseline.com. Brooke has worked in communications at the Hearst Corporation, Rodale Inc. and the Lou Hammond Group. While in college, Brooke lived on a cruise ship for four months visiting thirteen countries as a part of the Semester at Sea program. Her favorite places that she's visited so far are Saint John and Cape Town, South Africa.
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Sarah Bretz Social Media Coordinator
Sarah Bretz is the Social Media Coordinator and a writer for Cruiseline.com. She has been involved in writing about the cruise industry since 2015, and joined the Cruiseline.com team in 2017. Her favorite cruise activities include trying out the water slides, eating unique desserts, attending the love & marriage show, and spending time in the spa’s thermal suite. The best cruise she’s ever taken (so far!) was an itinerary through Norway on Viking Sky.
Formerly the editor of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Moynihan has also held positions at Modern Bride and Woman’s Day. She is based in Winter Park, Florida.
Ann Abel is a New York–based travel writer. Her work has also appeared in Afar, Forbes, Departures, Robb Report, National Geographic Traveler, Brides, and Islands.
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Andrea Bennett is a contributing editor for Travel + Leisure magazine, a contributing writer for Du Jour, and pens the Las Vegas guide for the American Express Centurion Card. Formerly the New York Post’s hotel critic, her work has appeared in T: The New York Times magazine, Town & Country, Money, Fortune, Departures, and The Wall Street Journal.
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Anya von Bremzen
Russian-born Anya von Bremzen is a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, where she writes about restaurants. She is the coauthor of Please to the Table: The Russian Cookbook, which won a James Beard Award for Best International Cookbook, and of Terrific Pacific Cookbook. Her last book, Fiesta! A Celebration of Latin Hospitality, won her a second Beard Award. Von Bremzen contributes to Food & Wine, the Los Angeles Times, and Condé Nast Traveler. When not traveling, she lives in Queens, New York.
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Laura Brothers is a recent graduate of Ithaca College who now proudly calls Manhattan home. She’s always had a passion for travel, and has been to more states than not. Her work has also appeared in Business Insider.
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Jeryl Brunner is a New York City-based writer whose work has appeared in O magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Delta Sky, Parade and In Style, where she was a staff correspondent for many years. Jeryl is the author of the books My City, My New York: Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places and My City, My Los Angeles.
Rocky Casale writes about design, food, travel, art, and urban studies for The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. He divides his time between London and Venice.
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Cathay Che is a travel writer who is based in New York City. She has been published in The New York Times, Brides magazine, and Concierge.com, among other publications. She is a native Hawaiian, and frequently covers Hawaii and the South Pacific. She is also the author of the authorized biography of Blondie front woman Deborah Harry.
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A former editor at Travel + Leisure and the magazine’s current deals correspondent, Lisa Cheng has also written for Executive Travel, T: The New York Times magazine, American Spa, and Frommer's.
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Colleen Clark decided, after working at USA Today and Conde Nast's Concierge.com, to trade the 9-5 life for the freelance world. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, and BBC Travel, and she authored “Night+Day D.C.” (Pulse Guides, 2006). She lives in Brooklyn but can make any space her “office,” from the deck of a boat in the Amazon to a tent in the Serengeti.
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Jad Davenport is a Denver-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. He is also a contributing editor at ISLANDS and Coastal Living and a photographer with National Geographic.
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John Deiner was the Deputy Editor for The Washington Post Travel section for nine years before serving as managing editor of Zagat survey and then Cruise Critic. Today, he divides his time between New York and Delaware.
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John DiScala, known as Johnny Jet, is a Los Angeles-based contributor to Cruiseline.com. His site, JohnnyJet.com, has been featured in many publications, including USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times.
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Solange Drigant has worked in PR and Communications for over ten years and in the travel industry since 2016. Having visited 30 countries and used every travel method, her favorite kind of vacation by far is a cruise because of the versatility and ease. Her favorite things to do while onboard are experiencing the specialty dining, reading a good book while enjoying the serenity of her balcony, meeting all the interesting people, and enjoying the various kinds of entertainment, especially the games with audience participation. Her favorite trips to date have been her Alaska cruise on Celebrity and a Rhine River cruise with AmaWaterways.
Erica Duecy is a New York-based writer and the author of Storied Sips, a book about the people and places behind the world’s most iconic cocktails. By day, she runs the Fodor’s Travel website as Deputy Editor. At night, Erica tastes wines and tests cocktail recipes for her blog, StoriedSips.com.
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Sherri Eisenberg has written about travel for Condé Nast Traveler, Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, and The Boston Globe — and has served as cruise editor for Travel + Leisure and, before that, for Travel Holiday. As senior travel editor of Condé Nast’s Brides, she won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for best travel coverage in a non-travel magazine. Sherri keeps a bag packed at all times and has no plants or pets so she can hop on a plane — or a ship — at a moment’s notice.
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Amy Elliott is a writer and editor who specializes in fashion and lifestyle. Based in Brooklyn, NY, she has written for Lucky, Brides Local Magazines, Brides.com and Bridal Guide. A newlywed herself, Amy recently honeymooned in Hawaii.
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Thomas Faddegon Contributing Writer
Thomas Faddegon has been writing about cruises for the better part of a decade, and currently works as a freelancer and marketing jack-of-all-trades. His favorite cruise activities are lounging by the pool in between trips to the bar and spending port days on the beach in bold defiance of his Irish complexion. His dream sailing is a luxury cruise to the South Pacific, which is totally feasible when paying New York City rent.
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Sunshine Flint is a contributing editor at BBC Travel and editor-at-large for The Luxury Channel, a London-based website, where she was the founding editor. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Allure, and Tatler.Sunshine is fluent in British, and very good at pub trivia quizzes and reading maps.
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Lana Gates Copy Editor
Lana Gates is an AP style maven and proofreader extraordinaire with more than 20 years of experience. She lives in sunny — but landlocked — Phoenix, where she conducts her searches for dangling modifiers and split infinitives. Lana has visited all but four of the 50 states. She has a lot more exploring to do and looks forward to her next adventure.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to Cruiseline.com, who also writes for USA Today, Virtuoso Life magazine, the Miami Herald, and Porthole. She was previously the Travel Editor of the Boston Herald, and she is the author or co-author of numerous books about cruising, including “Frommer’s Easy Guide to Alaskan Cruises and Ports of Call.”
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Adam H. Graham
Adam H. Graham is a Zürich-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. He has also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, and Travel + Leisure.
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Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based writer who contributes to Fodors.com, TravelandLeisure.com, Bridal Guide, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Elite Traveler, and Ocean Home. She was previously the travel editor for Condé Nast's Modern Bride magazine.
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George Hobica is a syndicated travel writer and the founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, an airfare alert and advice site.
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Lambeth Hochwald is a Manhattan-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. She has written for Brides, Bridal Guide, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Time Out New York Kids. A contributing editor at Organic Spa, Lambeth is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She lives in New York, which, she firmly believes, is the best place on Earth.
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Katrina Brown Hunt
Katrina Brown Hunt is a Southern California-based writer who has held positions at Smart Money and Travel Holiday magazines. She is frequently published in Travel + Leisure, Executive Travel, and MiniTime.
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Tara Imperatore now resides in Manhattan after five years of escaping the harsh realities of winter in San Diego. Besides serving as JustLuxe.com’s Travel Editor, she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Thrillist, and HotelChatter. While she’s most recently fallen in love with Paris, Tara is looking forward to the day when she can cross the Egyptian pyramids off her bucket list.
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Jenny Jedeikin is a San Francisco Bay Area-based freelance writer. Her writing has also appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, In Style, and The Advocate. She has also appeared on Comedy Central as a stand-up comedian, and believes every one should give comedy a try once.
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Lena Katz is a New York City-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. She has been published in The Los Angeles Times, Islands, Robb Report, and Caribbean Travel + Life.She is also the author of “Travel Temptations,” a three-part book series on California.
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David Kaufman is a Manhattan-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com who contributes to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Monocle, Wallpaper, Architectural Digest, and Details.He has also authored the New York, Tel Aviv, Johannesburg, Boston, Hong Kong, and San Juan editions of “Wallpaper City Guides.”
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David LaHuta is a Bermuda-based journalist. He reports on athletes, adventurers and activists for Outside Television; shows tourists how to best explore Bermuda as the host of the Bermuda Channel; and regularly contributes to lifestyle, travel and news outlets including the New York Times, Islands, Outside, Travel + Leisure, and Every Day With Rachael Ray.
8 Best Things to Do in Bermuda
Jenna Mahoney is a Brooklyn-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. She has been on staff at Bridal Guide and Fitness, and her work has appeared in Shape, Self, Allure, Redbook, and New York Magazine.
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Sharon McDonnell is a San Francisco-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com who has also been published in The New York Times, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler, and The Dallas Morning News.
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Food, travel ,and fitness writer Dana McMahan makes her home in bourbon country (Louisville, Kentucky) between trips, where she covers the local culinary scene. She has also contributed to NBCNews.com, Fodors.com, LonelyPlanet.com, AOL Travel, and WomensAdventure.com as well as Food Network magazine, Elle, and The Chicago Tribune.
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Heidi Mitchell is a Manhattan-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. She contributes to The Wall Street Journal and Vogue, and has been an editor at Travel + Leisure, Rolling Stone, and Town & Country. She lives in New York City and Connecticut with her husband and three children.
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Katie Morell is a San Francisco-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. She writes about travel for Hemispheres, BBC Travel, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Destination Weddings & Honeymoons. Her most memorable trip so far was a river cruise in the Peruvian Amazon that included piranha fishing. When she’s not capturing predators, Katie lives in San Francisco.
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Polina Myagkov managed social media for clients such as Disney, DreamWorks, and Universal Studios. Polina loves her hometown of Brooklyn, but she’s excited about hopping from ship to ship to give readers the scoop on cruises and ports.
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John Newton is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. He has worked at Condé Nast Traveler as a senior editor and was also the News Editor at Travel+Leisure. He has also written for Departures, GQ, Lucky, Men's Journal, and USA Today.
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Maggie Parker is a New York City-based writer who contributes to MensFitness.com, Viator.com, and Refinery29.com.
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Bob Payne is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based travel writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, where he is a senior correspondent. He is the travel editor for Destination: W, an online destination wedding magazine, and the creator of humor site BobCarriesOn.com. Bob is the only Condé Nast Traveler writer ever allowed to expense a Polynesian tattoo.
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Amanda Pressner is a Brooklyn-based travel journalist who has written for USA Today, Travel + Leisure, and Budget Travel, as well as the online editions of Departures and Food & Wine. She is a contributing editor to Travel Channel, and co-author of "The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World".
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Angie Ranck has worked in PR and communications for the travel industry since 1995 at Visit Orlando and Wyndham Vacation Ownership. She has been on 10 cruises and loves that cruises offer a city on the sea and the opportunity to visit multiple destinations during one trip. Her favorite things to do on a cruise are relax by the pool with a tropical drink, try out all of the waterslides, see the amazing shows, and of course sample the endless food options. Her most recent and favorite experience was visiting Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay Private Island.
Sarah Rose is a journalist specializing in lifestyle, food, and travel. She has written for Men’s Journal, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appétit, Departures, The Economist, and The Miami Herald.She is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, deputy editor of CBS Watch!, and author of "For All the Tea in China".
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Christine Ryan served as Travel Holiday’s West Coast editor after spending a decade at New York-based magazines — including Gourmet — and convincing her then-employer, Travel Holiday, to move her to San Francisco. She later served as executive editor of 7x7 and Sunset before returning to her true love, travel. She’s covered Hawaii cruises and Venetian palazzo hotels — and, so far, she’s never had an airline lose her luggage.
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Heidi Sarna has been traveling and writing about it for 20 years, the second decade often with her twin boys in tow. She has penned cruise guidebooks for Frommer’s for years and has also written for the International Herald Tribune, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel Weekly, and Parenting. Heidi is an ex-New Yorker now living in Singapore.
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Theodore W. Scull
Theodore W. Scull is a New York City-based travel writer who has written several books on transatlantic crossings, including "Ocean Liner Odyssey" and "Ocean Liner Twilight". He has been cruising since he was a teenager and has spent a grand total of five years crisscrossing the seven seas.
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Now based in Rome after nearly a decade in New York as an editor at Town & Country and Departures magazines, Andrew Sessa continues to contribute to those magazines as well as to Afar, Architectural Digest, Saveur, The New York Times, and Travel + Leisure, writing about travel, design, art, architecture, and food.
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Rachel Shapiro has worked in PR and communications for 15 years and in the travel industry since 2013. A cruise is by far her preferred vacation of choice, whether it is cruising the Caribbean where she loves laying poolside with a good book or exploring new cities and learning about different cultures while cruising Europe and the Mediterranean. Rachel’s favorite river cruise was on the Rhine River and she loves visiting the Eastern Caribbean - in fact, she has done the same Caribbean cruise four years in a row!
Nick Simeone spent more than three decades in journalism traveling the world, living in Africa and covering everything from the White House to wars as a reporter for Voice of America Radio, Fox News and NPR. When not splitting his time between residences in Washington, DC and San Francisco, he can be found on one of the world's major cruise lines, his favorite voyage being the Atlantic crossing.
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Emma Sloley is a freelance travel writer who contributes to Travel + Leisure, New York, Gourmet Traveller, Coastal Livingand Jetsetter. She was previously an editor at Elegant Bride and, before that, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, and she currently divides her time between New York City and Mérida.
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Chanize Thorpe is a Brides magazine veteran and a honeymoon personal travel planner for Jetsetter. She is also an editor at Condé Nast's HotelChatter. Chanize has contributed to HotelChatter, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Budget Travel, Fodors.com, and Conde Nast Traveler. She lives in New York but is always happiest in the Caribbean.
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Juan Alejandro Vazquez
Juan Vazquez is a designer who has worked for MLB.com, Yodle and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Born in the Dominican Republic, he moved to New York City when he was 10 months old. He is proudly self-taught. Married with two children, Juan is planning his first cruise to celebrate his wedding anniversary.
Matt Villano is a Northern California-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, Coastal Living, and Forbes.Matt blogs about travel for Expedia Viewfinder and Wandering Pod. He is based in Healdsburg, California, and, because he loves whales, his favorite place to cruise is Southeast Alaska.
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Elizabeth Woodson is a California-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com. A former editor for Travel + Leisure, she has written for National Geographic Traveler, Elle Décor, and Coastal Living.
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California-based freelance writer Joe Yogerst has been visiting the Caribbean for more than 20 years. His stories on the region have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Islands Magazine, and Travel + Leisure.. Yogerst is also the author of the book "Caribbean Chic".
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Stacey Zable is a New York-based contributing writer for Cruiseline.com who has also written for Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Caribbean Travel + Life, Spa, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, and Islands.
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