Taking a Cruise: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Awaits Passenger Processing of First Cruise Ship into NYC post Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane season can be a rather tricky time for summer travelers.  Kids are home from college, the younger kids are out of school, mom and dad are taking time off of work and the family wants to take a vacation.  Wait…what about hurricanes?  The official hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and extends until November 30, encompassing the entire summer season in the Caribbean. In 1998 the Phantom, a ship on the Windjammer cruise line lost its ship and all of the crew members after it sailed off into sea to avoid a hurricane. In trying to avoid the hurricane, they ran straight into the storm. Thankfully, the passengers had all been dropped off safely on the shore, but the captain and crew … Continued

Taking Great Cruise Photographs

Carnival Cruise

A vacation on a cruise ship with your spouse, family, or friends is a great way to create some wonderful memories.  Like most people, you will probably want to preserve those memories long after the cruise is over.  Learn to take some great photographs so reminiscing about your trip will be almost as fun as the trip itself.  Whether you’re an amateur with a disposable camera or a professional with some serious equipment, everyone can benefit from a few helpful tips that allow those photos to turn out fabulous.

How To Book a Great Honeymoon Cruise

A honeymoon cruise can be a dream come true.  It’s an ideal way to celebrate a new marriage, have some celebratory time alone with your new spouse, get away from it all, and enjoy the luxuries aboard all at one time!  To make a honeymoon cruise go smoothly and fit in easily with your wedding plans, there are a few simple rules you can follow. First of all, do some research on cruise lines in the area where you plan to hold your wedding.  Before you book either the wedding or the cruise, try to find a day on which you can have both, with the cruise leaving soon after the reception is over.  This eliminates the problem of a possible hotel stay, and means … Continued

Been There, Done That – Cruising Tips from Seasoned Travelers

If you are cruising for the first time – congratulations! You are in for a unique, worthwhile experience.  As a newbie, though, you probably have questions about some of the do’s and don’ts of traveling aboard a cruise ship.  Luckily, there are many die-hard cruisers who are happy to share some tips to make your first time more rewarding. Before You Leave Home Have a friend or neighbor take in your mail daily.  Accumulating mail is a big sign to thieves and other troublemakers that no one is home. You could also have your mail held at the post office until you return. Set your lights on timers so that it appears someone is home to deter troublemakers.  Tell your neighborhood community patrol to make … Continued

Cruising for Special Needs Accommodations

If you are disabled or have certain special needs, you can still have a cruise ship adventure.  If you fall into this category, your best bet is to consult with a travel agent to find the best cruise line that will accommodate your needs. No two cruise lines are quite alike, so comparison shopping is required when choosing your options.  Your particular disability could be the deciding factor on which cruise to take.  For instance, not all cruise ships can accommodate wheelchairs easily.  Cabins are notoriously small, so you must get dimensions to determine if your wheelchair will even fit inside your room. Luckily, some of the larger cruise lines have specially designated cabins that have wider doorways.  The bathrooms are large enough for a … Continued

Book A Cruise For Less

So you’ve always wanted to take a dream cruise vacation.  Maybe it’s one of those things that wound up on the back burner, but you’ve started to believe that you just won’t be able to save up the money to take yourself and the spouse, or the whole family, on such a trip.  Think again. The cruise industry is growing faster than ever, and with this huge expansion comes more opportunities to save money on special cruise deals.  With more vacationers taking to the seas cruise lines are growing larger and can afford to offer special discounts to customers to get more people hooked on this luxury style of vacationing.  Those looking for a cruise vacation can make a few smart decisions and save themselves … Continued

Cruise Essentials


Whether you’re a veteran of high seas adventures or this is your first cruise, you need to be sure to pack appropriately to achieve a truly amazing cruise journey.  Most cruise lines  help you by providing checklists of tasks to complete before disembarking; on your cruise however, there may be essential items you need to bring that the cruise lines have no way of knowing about. There’s a good chance you’ll be onboard the cruise ship for several consecutive days in a row so if you forget something important, you may have to buy it on the ship or at a port of call for a much higher price (if you’re fortunate enough to find what you’re looking for). There may be items that are … Continued