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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!
Fun and International Flair on Costa
Our Family Editor takes her brood on Costa Magica ship In the Caribbean. Fun and advice.
Cruise Ships Under Attack!
Part two. MEDIA SENSATIONALISM is attacking the cruise industry - mostly from reporters who have never been on a cruise ship!
Cruise Ships Under Attack!
Part 1! Media reports are attacking cruise ships with no regard for balance or fairplay!
Single Cruise Calendar Update
Our complete list of singles cruises offered by the best singles cruise agencies. Just updated.
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 2

Part two: how to avoid scams, and honest errors that can turn into big problems.

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

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.
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? 5-9-07

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. 5-7-07
Staying Sun-Savvy on Your Cruise
The newest trend in solar safety for tropical trips is sun-protective clothing.
Silversea Cruises, New for Summer '07
This top-rated cruise line dishes out adventure for the upcoming summer season in Europe.
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.
Ships for Teens: Today and Tomorrow
Teens sound off on how they'd like to see youth facilities changed and enhanced.
River Cruising in France
Uniworld's River Baroness overcomes scheduling difficulties for a memorable Paris-to-Normandy cruise on the Seine.
Interview with Rick Sasso, MSC Cruises
Cruise Industry veteran talks to us about the emergence of Europe and his new role at MSC Cruises.
What Is the Staff Captain Anyway?
Brilliance of the Seas' second-in-command keeps a finger on the pulse of all onboard activity and conflicts.
Before-You-Cruise Checklist: Part 2
Here's what to take care of during the days just before your schedule departure. Part 2.
The Before-You-Cruise Checklist
A week by week, pre-cruise planning guide to all the odds and ends needed for your seagoing vacation. Part 1.
Brilliance of the Seas - New Review
A brand new cruise review based on a recent voyage on one of Royal Caribbeans' right-sized ships.
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. 4-12-07
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.
Hands-on Haute Cuisine from Regent
Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Le Cordon Bleu workshops reveal the secrets of world-renowned chefs.
The Middle East, Seabourn Style
Our correspondent reports on her luxury cruise to Oman and Dubai aboard the ultra-luxe Seabourn Spirit.
First-time Freestyle on NCL's Pearl
An experienced cruiser is pleasantly surprised by NCL Free-style innovations in on-board facilities and services.
Holland America Galley Tour
A galley tour on Holland America's Westerdam shows how meals for 1,800 are conceived, cooked and served.
Cozumel Choices
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.
Is Gambling At Sea A Gamble?
Advice for slot and table players about cruise line "Player's Clubs" from someone who knows the score.
Cruising vs. Disney World: A Price Comparison
The truth is, cruises not only cost less than Disney World, you get more for your money. And they appeal to a wider range of ages, especially teens.
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.
Gen-X and Boomers Rockin' Cruise Ships
Special music and party-related theme cruises for the Gen-X and Boomer generations are filling ships with ease.
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.
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.
New Pictures
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.
EasyCruise - A Floating Youth Hostel
Jean-Marc Papineau updates us on the budget aspects of the Easy-cruise milieu.
Land Cruise vs. a Sea Cruise
Comparing the costs of a Phoenix vacation against a Caribbean cruise, it's no contest.
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.
MS Deutschland
The "Golden Age" of cruising as rediscovered on the MS Deutschland, the European luxury ship steeped in tradition.
A CruiseMates reader submitted article.
Disembarkation - the Party's Over
There are fewer aspects of cruising less enticing than disembarkation morning.
How to make the best of it

Royal Caribbean's Destination Planning
A Royal Caribbean executive explains the process cruise lines use to create new itineraries.
Romance At Sea
CruiseMates' Cruise Director Kuki asks our readers to share their most romantic cruising moments with us.
CruiseMates Picks the Most Romantic Cruises
The most romantics ships, cruises and itineraries for the young and the young at heart.
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.
Price Shopping? Pick Up the Phone

Cruise line price display policies for ads and booking engines keep some of the best rates off the Internet.
Direct Booking vs. Agents: The Latest Chapter

Is the perception of "flat" pricing leading more consumers to book directly with cruise lines?
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.
New Carnival Liberty Ship Review
Our CruiseMates correspondent, Kuki, just returned from this newest of Carnival ships and files this detailed report.
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!
Professional to First-Time Cruiser Tips
Professional cruise journalist, Jon Siskin, offers suggestions on how to arrange your first cruise, from pre-planning to saving money on board.
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. 1-16-07
    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.
    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.

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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. 12-29-06
    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.
    2007 Innovative Itineraries
    Even "the same old" Caribbean has new ports. A world-wide roundup of innovative itineraries. 12-26-06
    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?
    NCL Upgrades its "Free-Style" Service
    NCL announces quality enhancements to its already unique Free-style cruising service.
    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!
    Travel Props
    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. 12-15-06
    World Cruises 2007
    The ultimate voyage, even if you've already done it all.
    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.
    Sail Away and Blast Off from Port Canaveral!
    Port Canaveral is a favorite departure point for family cruisers -- and so is its Kennedy Space Center.
    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?
    On Cloud Nine Onboard the Silver Cloud
    Cruisemates' community member Judi Cuervo discovers the joys of luxury cruising aboard Silverseas' Silver Cloud. 12-03-07
    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. 11-24-06
    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?
    Windjammer Cruises: The Plot Thickens -- Part 3
    In Part Three we see the family behind Windjammer tightening the hatches, but close ties start to create friction in the family.
    Windjammer Cruises: The End of an Empire -- Part 2
    The story continues about the rise and fall of a cruise legend, and the people responsible for its demise.
    Windjammer Cruises: The End of an Empire -- Part 1
    Here is the complete story on the rise and fall of a cruise legend, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.
    Putting Things into Perspective
    Are all the reports of mishaps involving cruise ships and their passengers really as bad as they would seem?
    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.

    Kid-Smart Safety at Sea
    Here's what you should know about how safe your kids really are on a cruise ship.
    Cruise Packing List for Women
    Here's what a woman should pack for a cruise ship - along with a check-off INTERACTIVE version.

    Going First Class - and Then Some!!
    Cruise ship suites are more popular and opulent than ever. Here are the latest trends in suites from the newest cruise ships.

    Previewing Cunard's New Queen Victoria: Part 2
    In this second part of our series, we'll examine dining options and staterooms on Cunard Line's new Queen Victoria.
    by Paul Motter

    Previewing Cunard's New Queen Victoria: Part 1
    With its newest ocean liner, Cunard breathes new life into passenger ship traditions.
    by Paul Motter

    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

    Interview with Carnival's John Heald
    Kuki asks John Heald, Carnival's Top Cruise Director, about his popular blog and its upcoming group cruise.
    If We Ran the Cruise Line
    Here are some suggestions for what we would do differently if we were in charge.
    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?

    Reading the Fine Print on Cruise Tickets
    What are you entitled to when something goes wrong with your cruise? It's one of the most common questions we get.
    A Look at Alcohol Policies by Cruise Line
    One of the most frequently asked questions we get is "can I bring my own liquor aboard?" Well, here is your answer: It depends on your cruise line.
    Regent Seven Seas: Delighting in the Details
    Regent Seven Seas delights in those little details that make cruising extra special. Read more about what's in store for Regent's lucky passengers.
    Alaska Up Close and Personal on American Safari's Escape
    More like a private yacht than a cruise ship, American Safari Cruises' 12-passenger Escape gives guests a singular experience at sea and onshore.

    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.

    A New Look at the Emerald Princess - Part 2
    A look at the newest ship From Princess. A look at family amenities, shore tours, entertainment, spa and the rumors.

    A New Look at the Emerald Princess - Part 1
    Even at 113,000-tons and 3080 passengers, Princess' newest ship delivers the promise of premium cruising in Europe. Part One.
    What's New in Family Cruising?
    What do the cruise lines have in store for the wee ones? Check out all the new children's programs here.
    The Evolution of the Cruise Ship
    A whimsical look at the cruise ships of today and how they are amazingly alike their elegant ancestors of yesteryear.
    Best Cruise Cusine for Teens
    Our teen editor evaluates onboard food favorites, line by line.
    Condo Ships on the Horizon (Part 2)
    The World, managed by ResidenSea, will soon have company with three new condo ships slated for roll-out.
    Condos at Sea: A World Apart (Part 1)
    Part one in a series about a new breed of cruise ships that offer residential ownership -- and short-term rentals.
    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.
    Costa Magica - Updated Ship Review
    A recently updated cruise ship review by CruiseMates about one of Costa's most popular ships: Magica
    Family-friendly Bermuda
    This British island has plenty to interest your kids, from historic attractions to nature to beautiful beaches.
    What is going on here?
    Is Justice Blind? A Cruisemates guest contributor responds to a spate of recent anti-cruise media reports.
    The "New" Windstar Cruises - Part 2
    Part two of our Windstar Wind Surf European cruise report. The best and worst of the ship.

    The "New" Windstar Cruises
    Now sailing under a new cruise line, it's as good as it ever -- and getting even better.

    Romance and Friendship at Sea
    A sailing demonstrates the benefits of traveling alone in a group.
    Staying Connected an Ocean Away
    Cellphones and wireless Internet access . A line by line wrapup of recent improvements.
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