Cruising Regions

Articles on specific cruises and ports of call worldwide.
Christmas Markets - Final Edition
My final Christmas Markets cruise report from Salzburg - city of Mozart and Sound of Music - in December.
Europe in Autumn, Winter and Spring
How to pack for all off-season European cruises by region; Mediterranean to Baltic; autumn, winter and spring
Christmas Markets Cruise - continued
A pre-Christmas winter cruise to Europe to see the traditional Christmas Markets of Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg and more
Christmas Markets Packing
What to take on a European Christmas Markets River Cruise on the Rhine or Danube Rivers
Christmas Markets Cruise Deals
The European Christmas Markets Cruises are among the most memorable holiday experiences possible.
New York Cruising Recovers from Sandy
It has taken a Herculean effort to keep New York running as a cruise port - post-Sandy
Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal Gets Busy
In one day two different cruise lines announce new cruises out of Houston's Bayport Cruise Terminal
Europe's Atlantic, Baltic and River Cruises
A guide for people considering a European cruise: The Baltic and Atlantic cruise ports and river cruises.
Mediterranean Cruise Port Guide
Mediterranean cruises are on sale in 2012: A synopsis of the most common ports of call.
Cruise Tips: Selecting a Cruise Port
The first of a series, this article features the secrets to choosing a port of departure that is best suited to your travels.
Curious, Chic Key West
by Barbara Ferguson and Elizabeth S. Brownell It's so exotic many people forget it's part of the United States.
Falmouth: Jamaica's New Cruise Port
by Jason Leppert Centrally located between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Falmouth places the bulk of the island's shore excursions within reach.
New Orleans Meets Voyager of the Seas
by Jason Leppert With the introduction of Voyager of the Seas to New Orleans, Royal Caribbean heralds its return to the Mississippi port city.
Carnival Magic Moves to Galveston
The popular Texas port will serve Carnival as well as Disney, Princess and Royal Caribbean.
The Best European Cruise
Viking River Cruises offers an in-depth exploration of Soviet history via luxury river cruise.
Stress-Free Cruises from Southampton
A message from the United Kingdom about the convenience of "home-port" cruising, especially from Southampton.
Viking River Cruising in Europe
European riverboat cruises, such as those offered by Viking River Cruises, provide exceptional onboard experiences plus fascinating historical insights.
Trujillo, Honduras' Banana Coast
The latest historic Caribbean port to receive an extensive cruise line upgrade is Trujillo, Honduras.
The Only Way to See Hawaii
Cruise ships offer the best way to see all of Hawaii's most important sites in one vacation.   Go>
European Shore Excursions
Don't go overboard pre-planning your European cruise shore excursions. You may find better options once you are on the ship.   Go>
Exploring Palm Beach County, Florida
by CruiseMates Next time you cruise from Ft Lauderdale or Miami head north to this playground to America's Billionaires.   Go>
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
by CruiseMates Hyatt Regency Jacksonville offers an ideal fit for cruise travelers   Go>
Fort Lauderdale Pre-cruise Hotels
Pre-cruise hotel recommendations for cruisers leaving from Fort Lauderdale Port Everglades   Go>
San Diego: Our Nation's Most Inviting Port
Plenty of local attractions and the most convenient port and airlift facilities in the country make San Diego a fantastic port city to spend extra time before your next cruise.   Go>
Tarantulas, Piranhas and Caviar, Oh My!
Amazonian Adventures on the Silver Wind from The Atlantic and beyond Manaus   Go>
2009 Philadelphia Cruise guide
Philly has proven itself not only a very capable cruise port, but as an exciting destination unto inself.   Go>
European Cruising Primer -- Part 2
A guide for first-time visitors considering a cruise: The Baltic, Atlantic cruising and river trips.
Med Cruise: Mediterranean Cruising - a Primer
Med Cruises - A guide to Europe's most popular cruising region for first-time visitors.
Late 2009 West Coast Mexico Cruises
Affordable to Fanciful - the upcoming California Fall and Winter 2009/10 West Coast cruise season offers bigger and better selections than ever.   Go>
Understanding the European Cruise Market
Pan-European cruise lines Costa and MSC Cruises are bitter rivals for the Euro market in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and U.K.   Go>
The Yangtze River -- Rich with History
Viking River Cruises offers an extensive array of Yangtze River cruises with add-on trips to China's top attraction; Beijing, Shanghai and the Terra Cotta Army.   Go>
Running a Small-Ship Alaska Charter Business
We get a first-person account of what it is like to live in Alaska and operate a small charter boat for tourists to explore the wildlife.   Go>
Local Cruises
Local cruises, ship departures from U.S. cities like Seattle and Boston, are back due to the economic slowdown. Here is a guide to finding the perfect local cruise for you.   Go>
Juneau: Alaska Adventure
Our 36-hour stay in Juneau offered enough excitement to qualify as an Alaska adventure on its own.   Go>
Cape Liberty: Cruise Gateway to Manhattan
Here are some tips for extending your cruise vacation with a visit to New York City -- at New Jersey prices.   Go>
Cozumel Choices - Update
Cozumel has come a long way since the devastation of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Plans include a new pier for Oasis-class ships.   Go>
Cruising the Coast of Eastern Canada
For an affordable and easy getaway cruise, these Canadian ports are historically charming and rife with natural beauty.   Go>
European Cruise Recommendations from Oceania
How is the current economy affecting the biggest cruising season in Europe ever? Cruisemates interviewed Oceania Cruises' Tim Rubacky to find out.   Go>
Going Ashore in New England and Canada
East Coast summer cruises offer historic cities like Boston, Cape Cod, Newport RI and Nova Scotia.
Zip Line Shore Excursions
How to get the most out of this action-oriented tour option now available on many cruises.
Fun in Ft. Lauderdale
Whether you are staying a few hours or a few weeks, our guide to this busy and beautiful Florida port city.
Cruising from Tampa Bay
This convenient Gulf Coast port has plenty of attractions for pre- or post-cruise visits.
Mounting Up in Mazatlan
Our intrepid reporter tries a horseback riding shore excursion.
Sightseeing in Seattle
This historic US city has beauty and distinction. What to see and do.
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  • Antarctic Journey Alaska
  • Comprehensive Cruise Planning Guide: Alaska Bermuda
  • Bermuda Basics Canada & New England
  • Going Ashore in New England and Canada
  • Rail Excursions: Getting Railroaded for Pleasure Caribbean & Bahamas
  • Nosing Around Nassau
  • St. Martin or St. Maarten?
  • A Stop in St. Thomas
  • Aruba: The Appeal of Aruba
  • Caribbean Plus Panama: The 10-Day Solution
  • Grand Cayman: Swimming with What?
  • Nassau: Discovering Atlantis Europe - Northern Europe, Baltic & British Isles
  • Seeing Stockholm
  • Seeing St. Petersburg
  • Exploring Lisbon
  • Norway Coastal Cruising
  • A St. Petersburg Sojourn European Rivers
  • Russian River Cruising - Part 1
  • Russian River Cruising - Part 2
  • Historic Towns and Tulips, Too
  • Seeing France from a Houseboat
  • Amsterdam to Prague: Europe West to East
  • Danube River Daily Account
  • Danube River: Time to See the Sites Hawaii
  • Hawaii Heats Up - Hawaii Cruising Overview 2005/2006
  • Teeing Off in Hawaii
  • Hawaii on Celebrity's Summit: Let's Get "Lei'd"
  • Trans-Pacific Cruising from Hawaii Mexico
  • Mounting Up in Mazatlan
  • Port Guide: Ensenada
  • The Mexican Riviera: More than Mariachis
  • Cozumel Choices
  • Playa del Carmen: The Pleasures of Playa
  • Progreso/Merida Opens for Business Pacific Coast
  • Sightseeing in Seattle
  • Pre- or Post-Cruise: L.A.'s Death Tour
  • Seeing San Diego
  • Port Briefing: Catalina Panama Canal
  • Canal Partial Transit: The 10-Day Solution
  • Canal Passage aboard Marco Polo South America
  • Celebrity's Galapagos
  • Amazon: Cruising Through a Glorious Green Hell
  • South America Cruising Tips
  • South America's West Coast South Pacific
  • New Zealand: Cruising Literary New Zealand
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