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Is Justice Blind? A Cruisemates guest on responds to a spate of recent strongly anti-cruise media reports,
Random Comments from Readers
OK, we know who we are, but do these people? Down to earth and out of this world comments and letters we receive in this crazy business!
Cruise Ships Under Attack!
Part two. MEDIA SENSATIONALISM is attacking the cruise industry - mostly from reporters who have never been on a cruise ship!
Costa Serena Debuts
Costa's newest flagship, the 114,000-ton Costa Serena, receives a worthy christening in Marseille, France.
Air Service Hits All-time Low
The hassles of air travel have gotten worse in recent years; here's how to minimize them on the way to your next cruise.
The Most Common Cruise Mistakes - Part 1
There are two reasons why cruisers make mistakes that ruin their vacations: The questions we never think to ask; and the things we neglect due to over-confidence.
Liberty of the Seas Arrives
The sister ship to Freedom of the Seas makes her Miami debut last weekend. Watch CEO Richard Fain ride the FlowRider. 5-14-07
Small Ship Camaraderie
The casual ambience leads to new friendships and other great reasons
to take a small ship for your next cruise
Cruise Misperceptions: New
Part 2: Modern day misperceptions clarified and legitimate concerns put into perspective. Health, environment and safety issues. What's keeping novices off of ships?
Cruise Misperceptions Old and New
Part 1, the old; Some things never change. Addressing some long-term misunderstandings about seagoing vacations. Will I get seasick? I don't want to be stuck on a boat.
New Family-Friendly Ships for 2007
What kind of family facilities do we find on the newest ships to enter the market in 2007? Carnival, Costa, Cunard, MSC, NCL, Princess and Royal Caribbean.
River Cruising in France
Uniworld's River Baroness overcomes scheduling difficulties for a memorable Paris-to-Normandy cruise on the Seine.
Port Guide: Philadelphia 2007
Looking to add zest to your summer cruise? A visit to Philadelphia, especially for west coasters, offers unexpected rewards and delights, and affordable Bermuda cruises as well.
Avalon Waterways - New Review
A newly posted cruise line review on Avalon Waterways European river boats. A casual cruise with excursions and gourmet food included. 4-05-07
Holland America Galley Tour
A galley tour on Holland America's Westerdam shows how meals for 1,800 are conceived, cooked and served. 3-28-07
Here's what to see and where to go on this popular island stop for western Caribbean itineraries
Golf Programs on Cruise Ships
Eagles and birdies abound, aboard ship and ashore. Golf cruise programs are available on several major cruise lines throughout 2007. 3-23-07
Challenging the Cruise Industry
To be the President of a Cruise Line, by Bruce Nierenberg. Challenging the cruise lines of today for 2007 and beyond. Part III of our cruise industry jobs.
Working Aboard a Cruise Ship
This week CruiseMates is doing a three-part series on careers in the cruise industry. This one is about working aboard cruise ships. It's not a bad life if you're single and want to see the world..
Working as a Cruise Agent
This week CruiseMates is doing a three-part series on careers in the cruise industry. Our first article is contributed by an accomplished travel agent.
North American River Cruises
U.S. riverboat and small ship companies celebrate the tradition and the scenery of the Mississippi and Columbia Rivers, plus Alaska, the Great Lakes and coastal routes. 3-07-07
Carnival Freedom Makes Its Debut
Carnival Freedom, the newest and most innovative ship by Carnival yet, debuts in Venice, Italy, in a ceremony presided over by Kathy Ireland.
Staterooms - the Best at Sea
CruiseMates lists what it considers to be the best staterooms at sea - from mass-market up to to luxury lines, the best for every budget. 3-02-07
New Cruise Ships for 2007
Nine new ships will enter the North American cruise market this year -- many of them similar to vessels you already know, and others that break the mold. 2-23-07
The "Golden Age" of cruising as rediscovered on the MS Deutschland, the European luxury ship steeped in tradition.
A CruiseMates reader submitted article.
Romance At Sea
CruiseMates' Cruise Director Kuki asks our readers to share their most romantic cruising moments with us.
Seasonal Family Cruises for 2007
Here's a roundup of highlights of the cruise lines that offer seasonal family sailings on smaller lines for this summer.
15 Tips for the Wise Cruiser
Jean-Marc Papineau contributes this article from his new book, Cruising101. A checklist of important things for the wise cruiser to remember.
Singles Cruises Go Upscale
Our singles editor, Pat Hagan, accompanies an organized group of upscale solo cruisers sailing on luxury ship, Crystal Serenity.
Cruise Insurance For Everyone
This article doesn't have any sexy pictures, but it is chock-full of great information about cruise and travel insurance. Even "cancel for any reason."
Cruiser to First-Time Cruiser Tips
Cruisemates reader, Maree Conway, offers an original article on
her first-time cruise tips, from one Internet cruise enthusiast to another. Compare the difference!
MSC Lirica Ship Review
CruiseMates staffer Ingrid just returned from MSC Lirica with a new ship review. High on value, she enjoyed her MSC cruise.
Acupuncture at Sea
The tide is changing as Celebrity brings an increasingly popular health and wellness option to its fleet.
What Teens Want on Ships
Best Teen Clubs
Favorite Cruise Lines
Our teen editor surveys her peers on the things that matter to them on cruise ships.
Single Cruise Calendar 2007
Our complete list of singles cruises offered by the best singles cruise agencies. Updated thru 2007.
European River Cruising
Beyond the Baltic and Mediterranean:
Major cruise/tour operators offer all-inclusive European river boat packages especially for the U.S. audience. 1-15-07
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.
Family Cruiser FAQ 2007
Parents should be prepared not just to avoid any mishaps, but also to deny the kids any potential excuse for whining. Updated answers to the most common questions by parents.
Cruise Ship Security 2007
Cruise Security Update: Cruise ships and terminals are better-protected today than ever before. 1-8-07
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CM Cruise of the Century
150 CruiseMates Readers will sail together to celebrate the New Year in style aboard Celebrity Century.
Extreme Shore Excursions
How to find something "completely different" to do in port, and often save money in the process!
Kennedy Space Center
Port Canaveral's Kennedy Space Center offers cruise ship travelers an opportunity to experience something different.
The New NCL Emerges
With the introduction of Norwegian Pearl, Free-style Cruising comes of age on Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Best and Worst of Cruising: 2007
As we come to the close of another year in cruising, we reflect on the most significant events of the last 12 months. What has improved, what has gotten worse, and where is this industry going?
First Look at the Norwegian Gem
She's bigger, bolder and more elaborate than anything else in the NCL fleet. Come aboard for a first-hand look at this fabulous new ship, the Norwegian Gem!
How to make a coach airline seat feel more like a first-class experience.
Norwegian Pearl Inaugural
Pictures and video of the christening by Rosie O'Donnell of this beautiful, brand new ship from NCL.
The Seabourn Experience
Our correspondent lives discovers the difference in service and style on a 200-passenger luxury ship.
Queen Victoria Naming Ceremony
Cunard's newest liner is officially named by Camilla with Prince Charles at her side in the U.K. this morning.
When Does a New Ship Start to Age?
Wear-and-tear accumulates quickly on vessels used by thousands of passengers each week. So how can you be sure you're not boarding a "sick" ship?
Magic in Orlando
Have some pre- or post-cruise fun in Central Florida, especially at Holiday time.
Is a World Cruise for Me?
Here are some things to consider if you think you could never afford the time or money for such a voyage.
Onboard the Carnival Freedom
Carnival's newest megaship has outrageous decor, with food and service to match. There's a reason it's called "Carnival."
A New Celebrity Century
The newly expanded and remodeled favorite will sail four and five-day cruises out of Miami.
Windjammer Cruises: The Final Installment
In Part 4 of this series we learn that none of the Windjammer ships are sailing any longer, and the first lawsuits have been filed. What will the sharks do when they smell blood?
Cabin Categories Abound
A few helpful hints on how to select the cabin category that best suits your needs..
Holland America Galley Tour
A galley tour on Holland America's Westerdam shows how meals for 1,800 are conceived, cooked and served.
Delta Queen Fights Back!
As Delta Queen is about to lose its Congressional exemption the daughter of the man who saved her in 1970 takes up the fight to save her again.
Dining at Sea: An Overview
Here's a quick summary of what the major lines offer in dining venues and policies.
by Rita M. Ippoliti
First Look at Celebrity Solstice
The line's new class of ships is the first in a wave of upcoming new-build ships with innovative design.
by Paul Motter
Cruise Packing for Men
A serious guide to what men need to take on a cruise, including a printable packing list.
by Paul Motter
How to Solve Your Cruise Problems
Passengers who address shipboard problems like a cruise industry insider are likely to get better results. Read on to learn some of the "tricks of the trade."
Have a Safe Cruise
How to plan a cruise and conduct yourself in a manner that will enhance your onboard safety.
Getting the Most from the Ship's Spa
The spa and fitness center has something for everyone. Here is a guide to help you make smart choices among the many treatments and workouts available.
Finding the Right Travel Agent
Factors to consider include price quotes, service levels, cruise expertise and should you book directly with cruise line?
Losing the Delta Queen
One of America's great treasures, an historic landmark and the most authentic steamboat still in existence is about to end its career as a legal cruise vessel. The Delta Queen loses its congressional status.
Ship's Excursions vs. Private Tours
Ship or independent tours - which is best for you? According to Cruisemates own Cruise Director Kuki, it all depends. In this article he analyzes the benefits and pitfalls of each so that you can decide.
The Hotel Director's Many Hats
An interview with Carnival Triumph's Hotel Manager, Henry D' Roza, reveals the wide-ranging aspects of the job.
This British island has plenty to interest your kids, from historic attractions to nature to beautiful beaches.
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