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    Coastal Kitchen/Danielle Contray

    Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean are trying to attract more Gen-X and millennial vacationers, and in doing so they sometimes come up with crazy, over-the-top ideas — think: robotic bartenders, simulated sky-diving, and shipboard amusement park rides. Some are successful, others not so much. Royal Caribbean scored a big hit... Read More

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    Carnival Cruise Line/Facebook

    Carnival Cruise Line just signed a deal to build its two largest ships ever — twin 180,000-ton behemoths that will carry more than 5,200 passengers. To put that in perspective, a dozen ships in the line’s 25-strong fleet are less than half that size (and they were considered big for... Read More

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       Norwegian Cruise Line/Norwegian Escape
      Norwegian Cruise Line/Norwegian Escape

      Labor Day is fast approaching, and kids are either back in school or heading there soon. In the cruise world that means cruise deals for grownups are on the horizon. Come fall, cruise lines know the family market has pulled up stakes and won’t be back in any significant numbers until... Read More

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       Facebook/The Rock Boat
      Facebook/The Rock Boat

      Fifteen years ago, Atlanta-based Sixthman launched The Rock Boat, the first music festival at sea. The idea took off, and the company has gone on to organize 94 music-themed cruises featuring more than 900 bands. KISS, Kid Rock, and 311 all have their own annual cruises. Headlining next year are Pitbull and... Read More

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      flickr/R.

      While all-inclusive luxury cruise lines pour complimentary drinks, most ships charge extra for booze. And when you’re lounging under the hot Caribbean sun and spot one of those frosty piña coladas, you’re going to want to indulge. Luckily, there are ways to wet your whistle on any ship for free. Here are the three that... Read More

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       On select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings, families enjoy “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” a family-friendly interactive deck party featuring the famous royal sisters of Arendelle and their fun-loving Nordic companions. The celebration culminates with a “Let it Go” sing-along, complete with a touch of magic courtesy of everyone’s favorite ice queen, Elsa. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
      “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends”/Disney Cruise Line/Kent Phillips

      Name brands keep popping up on cruise ships and there’s a reason: Brands excite people, which means they may inspire more people to cruise. Royal Caribbean has Starbucks for grownups and Shrek (and other DreamWorks characters) for kids, while Holland America Line attracts music fans with its floating B.B. King Blues... Read More

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      flickr/Joe Ross

      Some people would never cruise without booking a cabin with a balcony. Others would argue balconies are not worth the money. Both sides have valid points. Balcony fans like the idea of swinging open a door to let in the ocean breeze and of having their own quiet place to... Read More

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      Hertigruten MS Richard With/Kayla Becker
      Hertigruten MS Richard With/Kayla Becker

      Norway — Europe’s Land of the Midnight Sun — is a hot travel destination for adventurers looking to cross a once-in-a-lifetime trip off their bucket lists. And we can’t blame them: the majestic fjords, Northern Lights, and ancient Viking culture are enough to inspire anyone to break into “Let... Read More

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       Disney Fantasy's Remy
      Disney Fantasy’s Remy

      When you book 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, you... 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