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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.

Repositioning Cruises - Unusual Itineraries at Bargain Prices
Repositioning cruises, ships relocating from one seasonal cruising region to another, offer unusual itineraries at bargain prices. Trans-Atlantic, Hawaii, West Coast and other repositioning cruise offerings.

Around the World Cruises
A cruise around the world requires careful planning. A guide to around the world cruises and world cruise bargains.

Interview with a Youth Counselor
What life is like onboard for the crew members who take care of your kids.

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.

Tahiti Cruise
Few places in this world stir the imagination as much as the islands of French Polynesia -- Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and more!

Both Sides of the Concierge Desk
Cruise Director Kuki tries out another staff job on a cruise ship.

Four-Day Cruises
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.

Cruises To
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.   Go>
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.   Go>
Holland America 2010 Cruise Itineraries
A look at the concepts and driving factors that influence itinerary planning for 2010 and beyond -- from world cruises to short getaways.   Go>
Disney Cruise Lines- New European Itineraries
Disney Wonder will wander to Europe in 2010 for the longest season overseas yet for family-friendly Disney Cruise Lines, including Baltic itineraries.   Go>
World's Largest Cruise Night at Sea
Holland America became the first cruise line to ever offer a World's Largest Cruise Night event onboard a ship.   Go>
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.   Go>
Cruise Line Private Islands
An overview of the private islands of Costa, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.   Go>
Philadelphia Cruise Season Opens
The Philadelphia cruise season has started with cruises to Bermuda and New England/Canada.  Go>
Battlestar Galactica Fan's Convention at Sea
Holding a fan's convention at sea offers fans and celebrities a chance to relax and enjoy each other's company.  Go>
American Safari Cruises - Alaskan Adventure
Say hello to close-up views of Alaska wildlife on an adventure cruise line that doesn't sacrifice comfort.  Go>
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.   Go>
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.   Go>
Hidden Costs of Cruising: 2008 Update (Continued)
A cruise includes your stateroom, meals, itinerary and entertainment, but today there are many new onboard options -- for a price.   Go>
Hidden Costs of Cruising: 2008 Update
What is included in your cruise fare depends on what type of cruise you are considering. How to know how much your cruise will really cost.   Go>
Juneau: Alaska Adventure (Continued)
Juneau offers a wide variety of attractions for every member of the family.   Go>
Juneau: Alaska Adventure
Our 36-hour stay in Juneau offered enough excitement to qualify as an Alaska adventure on its own.   Go>
Misinformation, Myths and Magic
Kuki ruminates on cruise research, rumors and romance.   Go>
Cabin Categories: Which are Most Popular and Why
Cruisemates readers have different reasons for selecting one type of stateroom over another, and it isn't always related solely to price.   Go>
A Refresher Course for First Time Cruisers
CruiseMates' Cruise Director Kuki revisits his advice on what to expect and how to prepare if you've never sailed before.   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>
How to Complain to a Cruise Line and Get Results (Part II)
In Part 2 of this two-part series, we'll examine some specific cases where CruiseMates readers have effectively made their complaints heard by the cruise lines.   Go>
How to Complain to a Cruise Line and Get Results (Part I)
A poll of our readers finds surprises in the most effective ways to get satisfaction for problems -- including financial compensation.   Go>
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.   Go>
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.   Go>
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.   Go>
Carnival Splendor Arrives
A new cruise ship review by the staff of CruiseMates for the lastest Carnival ship just debuted in England last month.   Go>
Silversea's New Prince Albert II
A new cruise ship review by CruiseMates staff features arguably the most luxurious expeditionary vessel afloat.   Go>
Cozumel Choices
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>
Family Facilities on New 2008 Ships
An overview of family facilities and children's programs on ships introduced in 2008, by our family cruise editor, Luisa Frey Gaynor.   Go>
How to Solve Your Cruise Problems
Passengers who address shipboard problems like a cruise industry insider are likely to get better results.   Go>
2008 Trans-Atlantic Fall Cruise Bargains
Five transatlantic cruises from less than $800 per person sail from Europe to the Americas this fall   Go>
Delta Queen: The Fight Continues
Minnesota Congressman James Oberstar - caught in a lie - by Fox News in a story about the Delta Queen.   Go>
Cruise Ship Art Auction Controversy
Art auctions on cruise ships have become controversial for a number of reasons - caveat emptor, buying art is risky and expensive.   Go>
A Teen View of Oasis of the Seas
Our teen reporter gives us her perspective on the new class of mega-ship from Royal Caribbean.   Go>
Meet Ben Lyons, QM2's Chief Officer
We interviewed Ben Lyons, at 29 years old and a U.S. citizen, one of youngest chief officers ever hired by Cunard.   Go>
Putting Ship Design into Perspective
With the introduction of Carnival Splendor let's put some ideas on cruise ship design, both interior and exterior, into perspective.   Go>
Introduction to the Carnival Splendor
Carnival's newest and largest "Fun Ship" to date is ready for her July 10 debut in Dover, England.   Go>
New Pictures Added!
Kid-Smart Safety at Sea
Here's what you should know about how safe your kids really are at sea.   Go>
Eurodam Inaugural in Rotterdam
CruiseMates' editor Paul Motter reports from the newly-presented Holland America ship Eurodam, just officially "named" in Rotterdam, Holland.   Go>
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.   Go>
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.   Go>
Sea of Cortez with American Safari
Ultra-personalized service, plush accommodations and detailed amenities have appealed to the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.   Go>
New Surprises from Oasis of the Seas
Royal Caribbean International revealed "secrets number two and three" to New York City press and travel agents yesterday.   Go>
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.   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>

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Silversea Cruises -- Prince Albert II
The luxury line's newest ship offers state of the art adventure cruising in a comfortable luxury setting.   Go>
Semester at Sea -- Not Just for the College Kids
Semester at Sea is known as a seafaring program for college kids, but many adults take advantage of it as well.   Go>
Queen Mary 2: After Dark
The world's largest ocean liner becomes a formal affair after dark with magnificent dining venues and ballroom dancing.   Go>
Queen Mary 2: The Ocean Liner Experience
Today cruise ships are mostly a vacation option, but there was a time when passenger vessels were lifelines.   Go>
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.   Go>
Second City @ Sea
A talented comedic cast shares its improvisational skills with passengers on NCL's Jade.   Go>
Norwegian Jade - New Cruise Ship Review!
CruiseMates offers an all-new review for the latest NCL ship to hit the high seas - Norwegian Jade. The latest Free-style refinements come together.   Go>
Is Disney Just for Little Kids? No Way!
The family-friendly line also has plenty of options for teens on its two ships.   Go>
Port Guide: Philadelphia
The City of Brotherly Love truly welcomes tourists with open arms as a part of its historic heritage.  Go>
Best Ships for Nightlife
Norwegian Cruise Lines creates new concepts in onboard entertainment with "name" shows and flexible showtime schedules.  Go>
Going Ashore in New England and Canada
East Coast summer cruises offer historic cities like Boston, Cape Cod, Newport RI and Nova Scotia.  Go>
Alaska: Family Cruise of a Lifetime
For families cruising together, Alaska is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an adventure they will always remember.  Go>
Passport Rules Getting More Complicated
Carribean cruise passengers will still be able to get by without a passport, but we don't recommend it.  Go>
Opinion: Cruise Ship Safety Update
The industry has made real progress in handling and reporting those rare instances of crimes aboard ship.  Go>
Celebrity Solstice: Innovative Style
The line's new class of ships is the first in a wave of upcoming new-build ships with innovative design.  Go>
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?  Go>
My Cruise on Silverseas' Silver Cloud -- Part II
In Part 2 of this two-part review, CruiseMates contributor E. Schlenk continues his detailed review of his recent cruise on the Silver Cloud.  Go>
My Cruise on Silverseas' Silver Cloud -- Part I
In Part 1 of this two-part review, CruiseMates contributor E. Schlenk gives us some insight into luxury cruising on the Silver Cloud.  Go>
Carnival Freedom Virtual Cruise
Join Kuki and 80 Cruisemates as they sail together across the Atlantic on Carnival Freedom. Daily Updates.  Go>
NCL Introduces the F3 Stateroom
F3 is the code-phrase for the third generation of "Free-style" cruising as defined by Norwegian Cruise Lines.  Go>
Cruising and All That Jazz
Jazz Cruises hit a high note on the high seas with full-ship music cruise charters that fill the bill.  Go>
How to Bargain in Foreign Ports
Souvenir sellers in foreign ports have different customs. How to get the most for your money without offending.  Go>
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.  Go>
Allaying the Fears of New Cruisers
A first cruise is often preceded by questions, fear and doubt. This article allays the concern behind taking that first cruise.  Go>
What's New in Family Cruising: 2008
So what's new in family cruising? Plenty. Here's a rundown of new ship features, cruise line by cruise line.  Go>
Zip Line Shore Excursions
How to get the most out of this action-oriented tour option now available on many cruises.  Go>
Cruise Complaints: Service and Tipping
CruiseMates' reader Todd De Haven opines the high expectations of perfection in food and service on cruises ships.  Go>
Royal Clipper -- Historic Sailing Experience
Star Clipper's flagship proves to be a classic beauty, perfect in style and service.  Go>
Liberty of the Seas with Kids
Here's a report of just one day's full schedule for a family onboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas.  Go>
Meet Onboard Seminar Leader Richard Hatch
Workshop leaders like TV actor Richard Hatch can enrich the cruise experience with life-changing lessons.
Jamaica and the Gay Community: An Editorial
Only a boycott of travel to the island will convince the government to protect the rights of gays and bisexuals.
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.
Liberty of the Seas -- a Great Ship for Teens
This huge Royal Caribbean vessel has plenty to keep you busy.
GalactiCruise: A Fan's Convention at Sea
Planning the show's 30th anniversary fan convention at sea provides unexpected benefits to group's organizer.
Cruising Glossary
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.
Oceania Cruises -- Taking it to the Next Level
One of the cruise world's most unique success stories tells us how they plan to expand upon their initial achievements with a brand new ship design.
European Cruising Primer -- Part 2
A guide for people considering a first European cruise: The Baltic, Atlantic cruising and river trips.
Mediterranean Cruising -- a Primer
A guide to Europe's most popular cruising region for first-time visitors.
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!
Carnival Re-invents Fantasy-class Ships
"Evolutions of Fun" upgrade program means "extreme makeovers" for eight older cruise ships.
Behind the Scenes: The Cruise Staff
CruiseMates' Cruise Director Kuki tries out the real thing on Carnival Liberty.
Seasonal Family Cruises for 2008
Several smaller lines offer special summer/holiday cruises with kids' programs and unique itineraries.
Travel Scams: How to Avoid Them
What to do when a telemarketer says, "Congratulations, Grand Prize Winner! You've won a Free Cruise!"
Understanding Cruise Costs
The basic components that make up a cruise fare, and what you should expect to pay.
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.

Comparing Carnival and Celebrity
After back-to-back cruises on each, Kuki evaluates the two lines' respective strengths and weaknesses.
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.
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