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Disney Fantasy’s Remy

When you buy a cruise, the fare includes food. And there is a lot of free food — in the dining room, at the buffet (both day and night), and in other venues such as the pizzeria and burger grill where you can stop as often as you wish. If you want... Read More

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Travelmarvel/flickr/Roderick Eime

You’re going on a cruise. Life is good… until you arrive at your cabin and find your ocean view is blocked by a giant orange lifeboat. Or you discover your state room comes with a late-night pulsing disco beat. Don’t let this be you. When you plan a cruise, after you decide on your... Read More

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Havana/flickr/Marika Bortolami

Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, is expecting a call any day giving final approval from the Cuban government for several of the company’s ships to cruise to the island. The ships will come from the Oceania line, but ships from the flagship lines... Read More

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     Great Wall of China/flickr/Colin Capelle
    Great Wall of China/flickr/Colin Capelle

    It’s one thing to take a one-week or even two-week cruise. It’s another to set out to sea for six months, stopping on several continents and visiting dozens of countries. World cruises are for those who want to see it all (or most of it all) in one shot. Multi-day... Read More

    Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Old San Juan/Laura Motta

    San Juan is not just a place cruise ships visit mid-itinerary; many sailings also depart and end in Puerto Rico’s historic capital. If yours is one of them, stay an extra day or two before or after your cruise to wander the city’s cobblestone streets and soak up the heady, old-world ambiance at these memorable spots. 1. Stay... Read More

     Miraflores locks, Panama Canal/flickr/Marquicio Pagola
    Miraflores locks, Panama Canal/flickr/Marquicio Pagola

    With much local fanfare, the $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal opened on Sunday — a project that took some 40,000 workers and a decade to complete. The giant new locks can now handle the world’s largest cargo ships, and yes — cruise ships, too. Princess Cruises, which operates... Read More

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    flickr/pbkwee

    Confession: I am a cruise ship writer who gets seasick. Fear of seasickness is an excuse I hear often from people who don’t cruise but want to. However, there are ways to avoid it. First of all, big modern ships with stabilizers do not have the same level of choppiness as... Read More

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     Courtesy Tara Angkor Hotel
    Courtesy Tara Angkor Hotel

    A friend who likes the life-changing aspect of destination spa vacations asked me if she should try a cruise. The question gave me pause. Cruise ships do have spas, some quite elaborate with thermal suites and thalassotherapy pools and such. But are they up to snuff when compared to land-based... Read More

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    Queen Mary 2/Twitter.com/CunardLine

    The famous, transatlantic ocean liner Queen Mary 2 is out of the water at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany for a 25-day makeover. Visiting this week on a hardhat tour, we got a sneak preview of what’s to come when the ship sets sail again later this month. It’s clear that the... Read More

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      Flickr/Damian Gala

      We all heard the recent story of a passenger who fell overboard a cruise ship. It’s shocking news, but what are the real risks when it comes to this kind of cruise ship accident? We took a look at the stats, and put together some advice for avoiding one. Here’s the reality: Your... Read More

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      Royal Caribbean International's Harmony of the Seas, the world"s largest and newest cruise ship, previews in Southampton. General view to Central Park
      Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

      Royal Caribbean has received a ton of buzz over its latest ship, Harmony of the Seas, which embarked on its maiden voyage this week. As the largest cruise ship in the world — with 16 decks and 2,747 staterooms — Harmony combines the best features of the Oasis- and... Read More

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      athom’s MV Adonia/Carnival Corporation & plc 

      As far as cruise deals go, this is one for the ages: the Fathom Adonia is offering fares as low as $199 a night right now. True, the voluntourism-focused Adonia has gotten some bad press of late — most recently, a power outage onboard — and this may be what’s driving prices down... Read More

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       Princess Charlene of Monaco/courtesy Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Palais Princier de Monaco (2016)
      Princess Charlene of Monaco/courtesy Vanessa von Zitzewitz/Palais Princier de Monaco (2016)

      Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. To impress the rich and famous it hopes to attract as passengers, Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced Princess Charlene of Monaco — wife of Prince Albert II — as godmother of... Read More

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       Harmony of the Seas/Christina Garofalo
      Harmony of the Seas/Christina Garofalo

      Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean‘s 5,500-passenger Harmony of the Seas, debuted in Southampton, bringing the latest insane shipboard thrill attraction — the Ultimate Abyss. Those who like heart-stopping fun and/or... Read More

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      Antarctica/Katie Hammel

      Antarctica is a place of extremes: It’s not only the southernmost continent, but also the coldest, driest, and windiest. A trip to Antarctica isn’t a vacation so much as an expedition, an exciting journey into a wild and inhospitable land — and it can only be done via ship.... Read More