Sail with us and your friends
What is the Best Cruise?
Every cruise expert gets these questions "What is the best cruise?" The best cruises are a matter of personal taste for ship, itinerary, accomodations, cuisine and value.
Holland America Zuiderdam Repast
Guest cruise writer Mary Martindale sends us her memories of meeting the Captain and executive chef for the HAL Zuiderdam in the Mediterranean last summer.
Around the World Cruises
A cruise around the world requires careful planning. A guide to around the world cruises and world cruise bargains.
Silversea Luxury Cruise Bargains
With free air, reduced rates and all beverages and gratuities included, Luxury lines can compare nicely to mainstream lines for value.
Few places in this world stir the imagination as much as the islands of French Polynesia -- Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and more!
4-day cruises offer several unique benefits. Here we offer the four advantages of 4-day cruises!
How to Score a Free Cruise
It is possible to get a free cruise in several ways. Here is every trick we can think of to get you on a cruise for free.
Celebrity Solstice Debuts!
Celebrity Solstice, the first of a coming wave of newer and larger cruise ships, pleases cruisers beyond surprise.
Canyon Ranch - Land and Sea
The story behind Canyon Ranch embodies the evolution of the health and fitness industry in this country.
Here are our top recommendations for cruises to Alaska, Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii and Mexico.
Ruby Princess Debuts
The newest jewel, Ruby Princess, receives a ceremonial welcome worthy of her name in Fort Lauderdale.
Freestyle Cruising for Teens
Freestyle cruising offers a lot of amenities for cruisers of all ages, and choices especially abound on the Dawn.
Oasis of the Seas Ship Review
CruiseMates sums up Oasis of the Seas in our standard ship review format so you can see how she measures up to the rest of the cruise world fleet.
Cruising the Greek Isles Primer
A guide to Europe's most popular tourist region, the Greek Isles. Must-see highlights of the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas.
Cruise Line Private Islands
An overview of the private islands of Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Oasis of the Seas at Night
The next "World's Largest Cruise Ship" will employ several new nightlife options and entertainment concepts never seen before on cruise ships.
Freestyle Family Fun
NCL Freestyle Cruising is not just for adults. Family members of all ages can share in the fun to be had on the amazing ships of NCL Cruises.
Juneau: Alaska Adventure
Our 36-hour stay in Juneau offered enough excitement to qualify as an Alaska adventure on its own.
Silversea's Prince Albert II
This small cruise line has brought a new level of luxury to adventure cruises, so travelers can get close to nature without sacrificing any creature comforts.
Cruising to Bankruptcy?
In these tough economic times, using your credit to pay for a cruise could be a big mistake. Sage financial advice from our CruiseMates readers.
Church-based Theme Cruises Thriving
Now you can have "church" even while on a cruise -- faith-based cruising offers a way to solidify the congregation by cruising together on the high seas.
Carnival Splendor Arrives
A new cruise ship review by the staff of CruiseMates for the lastest Carnival ship just debuted in England last month.
Cozumel has come a long way since the devastation of Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Plans include a new pier for Oasis-class ships.
Eurodam Inaugural in Rotterdam
CruiseMates' editor Paul Motter reports from the newly-presented Holland America ship Eurodam, just officially "named" in Rotterdam, Holland.
Your Cruise Has Been Refused!
People with cruise tickets are sometimes denied boarding at the last moment, losing not only their vacation time, but their cruise fare as well.
The Small Ships of Cruise West
A small ship cruise line that offers lifetime experiences in a friendly and intimate setting. Discover one of the biggest small ship cruise lines.
NCL Introduces the F3 Nightlife
F3, the third generation of "Free-style" ships coming soon to Norwegian Cruise Lines, bring an array of innovative shipboard entertainment options.
2012 Articles Here
2011 Articles Here
2010 Articles Here
2009 Articles Here
2008 Articles Here
2007 Articles Here
2006 Articles Here
2005 Articles Here
2004 Articles Here
2003 Articles Here
2002 Articles Here
Queen Mary 2: After Dark
The world's largest ocean liner becomes a formal affair after dark with magnificent dining venues and ballroom dancing.
Toy Story on the High Seas
Our reporter says Disney has the best family stage shows on the high seas. Other great family options, too.
Second City @ Sea
A talented comedic cast shares its improvisational skills with passengers on NCL's Jade.
Port Guide: Philadelphia
The City of Brotherly Love truly welcomes tourists with open arms as a part of its historic heritage.
Best Ships for Nightlife
Norwegian Cruise Lines creates new concepts in onboard entertainment with "name" shows and flexible showtime schedules.
Cruises for Mom
Let's say you've already bought Mom her Mother's Day card, but you still can't find the perfect gift. Did you ever think, how about a cruise?
Zuiderdam to get a New Look
This Holland America favorite prepares to enter dry-dock in May for its final "Signatures of Excellence" upgrades and a new look and feel.
How to Organize Your Own Group Cruise
Putting together a group cruise may be easier than you think -- with a little bit of organizational skill and lots of help from the right people.
CruiseMates readers help us assemble a list of the most commonly used terms in cruising.
Cruise Line Itinerary Planning
How does a cruise line select a ship's route? Holland America's Director of Deployment and Itinerary Planning explains it to us.
The Elusive Cabin Upgrade
What is one of the most coveted "prizes" of cruising? An upgrade! Here is the inside scoop on how upgrades are handed out.
Cruise Packing Tips
A compilation of all the packing items you never thought to bring on a cruise by the experienced sailors at CruiseMates.
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."
Is the Cruise Industry Changing?
Has the cruise experience changed? Or do some passengers have unrealistic expectations about today's ships? A perspective for new cruisers.
The Small Ship Advantage in Alaska
When cruising in Alaska, small expeditionary vessels offer up close-up views of the grandeur of nature and beauty of wildlife.
Cruising on a Budget
Is it possible to take a cruise and not spend a fortune while onboard? Your end-of-cruise tab can be next to nothing if you have the right attitude.
How to Write a Cruise Review
Writing a cruise review is a great way to make your opinion known. It also helps your fellow cruisers when they are deciding on a ship for their next voyage. Here's some tips to make the process of writing your next review easy and fun!
Rock 'n Roll Cruising
"I've seen the future of cruising, and it ROCKS!" Reporter Judy Cuervo sums up Concerts at Sea's 15th Annual Rock & Roll Cruise.
R Family Vacations
Rosie O'Donnell and family offer chartered cruises especially for gay and lesbian couples with kids and their extended families.
The Suite Life Round-Up
From square footage that exceeds many people's homes, to perks worthy of VIP status, here is a detailed comparison of suite offerings from all of the major cruise lines.
Internet Access on Ships
Internet access on ships is still pretty slow and expensive. Why is this so, and when will things get better?
Best Cruise Trends for 2008
The most innovative trends in cruising for 2008, from new itinerary planning to onboard refurbishments.
John Heald's Bloggers Cruise
Kuki sailed with the top Cruise Director and reported from the ship on a daily basis. All the weekly events of John Heald's Bloggers Cruise here.
Cruising from Tampa Bay
This convenient Gulf Coast port has plenty of attractions for pre- or post-cruise visits.
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.
New Ships for 2008 and Beyond
Innovative designs and unexpected shipboard activities demonstrate how the cruise lines will continue to entice passengers.
Updated Celebrity Constellation Review
Kuki updates our CruiseMates cruise ship review after a recent voyage on this popular ship. How have things changed since her christening five years ago?
Theme Cruising on Today's Ships
There are dozens of theme cruises offered every year on topics as diverse as gourmandism, oenophilia, philatelism and other extremely hard to spell words.
Online Cruise Shopping mall
CruiseMates Cruise Bargains - Hot deals from the Cruise Lines & Web's best Discount Agencies