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Save money by bringing these eight things on your next cruise.

Bringing extras with you on any trip can mean baggage fees and other inconveniences, and we're often struggling to pack less - not more.  There are, however, some items you can bring along which could save you money.  In many cases they're even things you already have at home... Read more about Save money by bringing these eight things on your next cruise.

Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.

When you think of cruising most people think about leaving from South Florida, Seattle, or perhaps a large city in Europe.  There are many other ports out of which you can cruise, and recently Carnival announced they’re greatly increasing their capacity at some of them.  We look at why this is important, and what we think it might say about the popularity of cruising as well as the economy... Read more about Carnival Increased Capacity in Tampa, Galveston, and New Orleans: Why these ports matter more than you think.

Same-Sex Couple Ties the Knot at Sea in Historic Ceremony on Celebrity Ship

Today the Celebrity Equinox was host to a historic event, as Francisco Vargas and Benjamin Gray became among the first same-sex couples to be legally married at sea on a major cruise line.  An intimate ceremony was officiated by Captain Dimitrios Manetas and the couple exchanged vows against the rose wall in Blu Restaurant, a specialty dining venue on Equinox. Read more about Same-Sex Couple Ties the Knot at Sea in Historic Ceremony on Celebrity Ship

Is it worth it to get a balcony on a cruise?

Our balcony on Independence of the Seas

For some, it's easy to decide on what stateroom to book, but for others it's a tough decision every time.  This leads to one of the most common questions we get "is getting a balcony worth it?"  It's always nice having your own private space from which to enjoy the views on your cruise, but that comes at a price - which means there are decisions to make.  There is no simple answer to the question, but we'll explain what considerations you should make when deciding whether to get a room with a view... Read more about Is it worth it to get a balcony on a cruise?

Celebrity Edge Floated Out Despite Foul Weather (updated with video!)

Celebrity Edge, STX Shipyard, Saint Nazaire, France

Today at the STX Shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France, the Celebrity Edge came one step closer to entering service as she was floated out of her mounting dock, getting her first taste of the sea.  The careful maneuver required seven tugboats to safely position the 1,004 foot (306 meter) vessel to the Saint Nazaire Joubert Dock where her construction will continue ahead of schedule... Read more about Celebrity Edge Floated Out Despite Foul Weather (updated with video!)

Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Celebrity Edge's pool deck, Magic Carpet to the rightCelebrity Cruises recently announced that the much-anticipated Celebrity Edge is ahead of schedule and will begin sailing earlier than expected.  While this is generally great news, there are some who may be less than thrilled, and this made us stop and wonder - what is a "maiden voyage?" Read more about Celebrity Edge Arriving Early, Sailings Added - What Are Maiden and Inaugural Voyages?

Getting to and from Your Cruise - Cruise Line Transfers

We’ve discussed before hotel park and cruise shuttles and how they’re not always the deal they seem.  We’ve also written about how we recommend getting around before and after your cruise out of South Florida.  Today however, at Fort Lauderdale International Airport we met a few travelers from New Jersey who just got off a Carnival cruise and were heading home.  They opted to get to the airport using a transfer purchased from Carnival, so we thought we’d share their experience and our thoughts... Read more about Getting to and from Your Cruise - Cruise Line Transfers