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Carnival Cruises Introduces "Shore Excursion Best Price Guarantee" | Fodor's

Carnival Cruses is on a roll with its unique offers these days, likely part of the company’s image-rehabilition efforts following a series of snafus …

Tourism

Celebrity Cruises Announces New Luxury 'Suite Class' | Fodor's

Celebrity Cruises, one of the industry’s most successful premium cruise lines, is making a bid to compete with luxury market ships via its …

Luxury Lifestyle

Voluntourism: Crystal Cruises Offers Philanthropic Shore Excursions | Fodor's

Sometimes the best way to get to know a destination is to delve into the community and learn about its greatest needs. Crystal Cruises is paving the …

Philanthropy

The River Cruising Industry Is Booming In Europe

Latest figures from CLIA UK & Ireland show that 2013 was another record year for the UK cruise market, with continued growth and port embarkations passing the one-million mark for the first time.<p>The number of British and overseas passengers joining their cruise at a UK port grew 10% to 1,062,000 in …

Northern Europe

10 Best River Cruises for 2014

The river-cruise boom is only ramping up in 2014, with the coming year set to usher in a brand-new fleet of revolutionary riverboats and innovative …

Experience Travel

How To Avoid Getting Sick On Your Next Cruise

According to the Cruise Lines International Association, seven norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships were reported in 2013. These cases affected only 1,238 of 21.3 million total passengers who sailed on CLIA-affiliated ships last year.<p>And if an outbreak does occur, cruise ship crew members are …

Cruise Ships

Experience Hawaii the easy way: By cruise ship

A great way to sample the many wonders of the Hawaiian Islands without the hassles of island-hopping by plane — like going through security and …

The 10 Most Luxurious Cruise Ships In The World

But you shouldn't have to skimp on luxury even when you're in the middle of the ocean.<p>The experts at CruiseCompete used their extensive database of traveler reviews to help us compile a list of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world.<p>Forget the corny magic shows and nightclubs — these cruise …

Shipping

From Cabins to Excursions, Best Cruise Ships for 2014

There may be no more passionate subset of travelers than cruisers.<p>That's why, despite the sometimes-negative stories that muddy the waters of the …

7 cruises for people who hate cruises

Slide 1 of 9<p>For many Americans, the idea of cruising on a mass cruise line goes something like this: Hordes of too-close-for-comfort fellow …

Experience Travel

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Research

Do cruise lines have a crime problem?

The disturbing news that a Holland America crew member allegedly tried to throw a passenger overboard has consumers wondering: are cruise lines doing …

Royal Caribbean

Is the Europa 2 really the world’s best cruise ship?

On board the Europa 2, Hapag-Lloyd's elite new cruise ship, I got a taste of what it might be like to sail the Mediterranean on my own private yacht.<p>Entering the Sicilian port of Trapani on the first morning, I arrived at the ship's indoor-outdoor buffet as it opened for breakfast. With no other …

How to Choose the Right Cruise for Your Family | Fodor's

Traveling with kids in tow is no small feat: You’ll face plenty of challenges—no matter what the ages of your children. With babies and toddlers, the …

Kids

Why you should steer clear of longer cruises

Travelers that are interested in taking a cruise, but worried by the prospect of another norovirus outbreak, should stick to shorter voyages, suggests data reported to the CDC.<p>In the last 10 years, 225 outbreaks have been reported to the CDC. It’s difficult to tell what percentage this is of total …

Cruise Ships

7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on a Cruise

Gone are the days when the height of cruise entertainment was limited to poolside lounging and fancy evening soirees. Sure, you can still do both of those things, but today's cruise ships are more like mini-cities equipped with all the fixings for a day at a theme park or a night on Broadway. Even …

Royal Caribbean

Your Guide To Cruising In 2014

<b>Because the new ships are seriously cool.</b> Launching in November, Royal Caribbean International's 4,180-passenger Quantum of the Seas is so high-tech that industry insiders are calling it truly revolutionary. On board? A glass viewing capsule that rises 300 feet above the sea on a mechanical arm.<p>You …

Royal Caribbean

How to Find the Best European River Cruise for You

Dozens of new ships are scheduled to join a European river-cruising boom in 2014. But which offer convenient ports of call near city centers—and which tie up far from the action?<p>Question:<p>Dear Wendy,<p>Which European river cruises dock in the center of town? I like to walk around on my own, get a feel …

How to Get the Best Deal on a Cruise

Growing up in the ’70s, I only knew one person who’d ever gone on a cruise: my grandmother. I vividly remember the excitement we all felt on her …

River Cruising: What’s New in 2014

The art of river cruising has evolved in surprising ways over the past few years and 2014 promises to bring even more pivotal changes. Cruise …

Luxury Travel

Photo tour: The allure of a Windstar Cruises ship

Are Windstar Cruises ships really as enticing as some people say? And, more importantly, are they right for you? Now you can see for yourself right here at USA TODAY's Cruise Hub.<p>Over the past three years we've built one of the most extensive archives of cruise ship photos on the Web, and today …

Work begins in France on world’s largest cruise liner

Work begins this week in France on what is set to be the world's biggest cruise ship, some 360 metres long and 28 floors high, by the same company that built the iconic RMS Queen Mary II.<p>The world’s biggest cruise liner goes into construction on the west coast of France next year, but not before …

Celebrity Cruises Introduces Mobile Gambling

When most people think about cruise ship gambling, they inevitably call to mind the dimly light casino with its banks of one-armed bandits and plush …

Luxury Travel

How to Save Time (and Money) When Booking a Cruise

I’m often asked what is the best way to book a cruise. The answer depends on several factors, but here are a few tips that work almost every time.<p>I’m often asked what is the best way to book a cruise. The answer depends on several factors, but usually my advice is to work with a cruise-specialist …

Finally: Italy to Limit Cruise-Ship Traffic in Venice

The Italian government announced that it will begin limiting cruise ship traffic in Venice.<p>Good news for tourists who want photos of gondolas, not cruise ships, when they visit Venice (so, everyone who visits Venice). The Italian government announced that it will begin limiting ship traffic in the …

Disney Cruise Line reveals itineraries for early 2015

All four of Disney's cruise ships will sail out of Florida in early 2015, the company announced today.<p>The 2,500-passenger Disney Dream will operate three- and four-night voyages to The Bahamas out of Port Canaveral while sister ship Disney Fantasy will be dedicated to seven-night trips to the …