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The Biggest Differences between River Cruises and Ocean Cruises

Picture a cruise ship. Whether this ship is going to the Bahamas, Europe, or Alaska, the cruise ship you are picturing is most likely on the ocean. Because that’s our collective cultural image of what a cruise is. Sailing on the high seas to distant shores.

If you’re tired of this type of cruise, though, there’s another option: the river cruise. In recent years, more and more people are opting for this alternative, and river cruising has quickly gained in popularity.

River cruises and ocean cruises are very similar, but the following differences could have a big impact on your next onboard trip.

Accommodations

Cabins on river cruises are smaller. A river is significantly smaller than the ocean, and so

5 FAQs about Traveling to Cuba on a Cruise

Until 2015, Cuba was off-limits to U.S. travelers, but since the embargo was lifted, things are finally opening up. If you’re curious about exploring the island nation but still feeling a bit nervous, you’re not alone. One of the best ways to enjoy what Cuba has to offer while still bringing all the amenities of home is to book a cruise there.

How do you do it? What do you need to know?

Below, we answer five of the most frequently asked questions about taking a cruise to Cuba. With proper preparation and knowledge of the country’s expectations for travelers, you can make sure this is a trip you’ll never forget.

One note of caution: understand that since the embargo

Your Guide to Holiday Cruises

What are your plans for St. Patrick’s Day?

Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the biggest holiday of the year, preparing for festivities (or avoiding streets with a lot of bars) can be stressful. Wouldn’t it be nice to get away for the holidays?

Sounds like you need a holiday cruise.

Holiday Cruising Basics

Holiday cruises are a great way to celebrate time with your family or friends while exploring the world. When you factor in all-inclusive packages and the ability to get from your party to your room with a short walk, a holiday cruise may sound like heaven.

However, before you mark your calendars, make a plan for booking a holiday cruise and what you will need to

Going on a Cruise in 2017? Keep These Safety Tips in Mind

For many, this past New Year’s Eve was a way of saying, “good riddance” to 2016 and hello to a (hopefully) better year. If part of your New Year involves a cruise vacation, congratulations! Cruise ships can be a great way to see the world in comfort and luxury – without breaking the bank.

One thing to pay attention to before heading out on your cruise is safety. Generally speaking, cruises are a very safe way to travel. They aren’t without incident, though, and it’s worth paying attention to the news so you understand what you could be getting yourself into. One such incident from the end of 2016 appears to have resulted from possible negligence by the staff of

Cruises to Cuba May Soon Be Legal, but Will They Be Safe?

While Cuba lays a mere 90 miles off the Florida coastline, it remains a mysterious far-off land for the majority of the state’s residents.  Travel to Cuba has been restricted since the US issued a trade embargo generations ago, making it nearly impossible for the average American to visit this island. For many travelers, vacationers, and cruise-goers, these travel restrictions came as somewhat of a disappointment as they barred access to an experience promising pristine beaches, vibrant cities, and colorful culture.

 

That all might be about to change.

 

This December, President Obama announced government plans to normalize relations with Cuba. If congress agrees to lift the trade embargo, this could remove the travel restrictions preventing Americans from visiting

Top 20 US Cruise Ports for 2015 -Cruise Liners & Destinations

You plan to go on a cruise sometime in the next year. What’s the first thing you think about? Your destination, right? Do you want to relax on the beaches of the Bahamas or see the icy beauty of Alaska? Get some Latin flavor in a South American country or tour the historic ports of Europe?

But while your destination is obviously very important, don’t neglect another important decision: your departure port. The United States is home to no fewer than 20 ports (if you include Vancouver) where you can board your cruise and head out for adventure. Knowing where these ports are and which cruises depart from them can make your travel easier, shorter, and much less expensive.

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Best Cruises for the Holiday Season

 

 

 

There may be snow and mistletoe if you’re home for the winter holidays, but there are also hectic dinners, crowded shopping malls, and chaotic roads. That’s why some folks are planning on packing their bags and taking a holiday cruise this winter season, swapping stressful family gatherings and long lines for exotic destinations and decadent buffets.
Most major lines—including Caribbean, Disney, and Norwegian—offer special holiday cruises. These Christmas-, Hanukah-, and New Years-themed cruises feature spectacular multicourse meals with holiday favorites, dazzling entertainment, and all-out celebrations. Ships head to ports in far off destinations such Hawaii, Europe, and South America.

 

Typically, these trips are a bit more expensive than your average cruise, but luxurious holiday amenities can

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