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Great Beaches, Nightlife, and More - Cancún, Mexico Could Be a Nice Add-On to Your Next Cruise

We occasionally hear rumors of people enjoying destinations that they don't visit by cruise ship, and it turns out you can have fun on a land vacation, too.  If you're looking for amazing beaches, nightlife, and endless resort options then Cancún might be up your alley.  Let's take a quick look at what different parts of this destination have to offer and provide some tips along the way... Read more about Great Beaches, Nightlife, and More - Cancún, Mexico Could Be a Nice Add-On to Your Next Cruise

How many bags can I bring on my cruise?

Airlines and other carriers restrict the size and weight of bags, have limits on the number of carry-on bags, etc.  What about cruise lines?  There is no shortage of advice about how to pack for a cruise, but how much you can bring onboard?  Let's look at how much of your world you can bag up and bring on a cruise and what cruise line policies say about how lightly you need to travel... Read more about How many bags can I bring on my cruise?

Always use a checklist when preparing for your cruise - don't be like Billy.

We all make mistakes, but some come with a bigger serving of irony than others - yesterday I made one of those mistakes.  It cost me time and sleep, and contributed a lot of stress, but it could have been worse.  What was my mistake?  Well, despite writing, ranting, and preaching cruise tips ad nauseam, I failed to take my own advice and forgot something when preparing for our Cuba cruise... Read more about Always use a checklist when preparing for your cruise - don't be like Billy.

Just like Airlines, Cruise Lines Overbook – and It’s Nothing New.

You’ve no doubt heard stories of airlines overbooking flights and having to convince passengers to make alternative arrangements. What many people don’t realize is that cruise lines overbook as well.  Let’s look at why this happens, why it seems to be happening more in the past months, and how to help ensure that you can stay on your cruise – even if overbooked... Read more about Just like Airlines, Cruise Lines Overbook – and It’s Nothing New.

Why Cruise Ship Hulls Are Traditionally Black or Navy

RMS Queen Elizabeth
RMS Queen Elizabeth

These days cruise ships come in all sizes and colors, but not long ago this wasn't the case.  To this day, when most of us see ships with dark colored hulls we think of them as more traditional looking, no matter what the age of the vessel.  Why is this?  Well, it has to do with how these great ships are powered, and the letters sometimes preceding ship names.  Make sense?  Read more about Why Cruise Ship Hulls Are Traditionally Black or Navy

CruiseHabit Ric's Quick Tip: How to leave a tip when you have a drink package or dining package

zero dollar receipt - drink packageOne of the arguments for getting the drink package on any cruise is the convenience of not having to settle the tab after a drink or two. Once you’ve ordered your drink and your card has been read, there’s nothing left to do. Except maybe one thing… You might have gotten great service from your bartender and you want to reward that. 

Handing someone cash would clearly be the most direct way to reward great service, but one of the benefits of cruising is that if you want your trip to be cashless, it can be cashless. 

Ask your bartender or server to print you a “zero bill” and you’ll get a regular bill with a zero balance. There will be a line for a tip and you can write in whatever gratuity you’d like there. Sign below the total and give recognition to the great service that so many people in the cruise industry provide.

This also works on any cruise line which swipes your card with each purchase even if you're on a dining or drink package.  You can also do this in specialty dining restaurants.

Have a tip or question?  Reach out on Twitter or Facebook - or comment below! Read more about CruiseHabit Ric's Quick Tip: How to leave a tip when you have a drink package or dining package

Time standing still: Do you change your clocks as you travel on a cruise ship?

ship's clock - when do you adjust your clock on a cruise?We usually adjust our clocks during daylight saving's time, but what about when we cruise across time-zones?  Whether or not you find yourself moving your clocks forward or back during your cruise depends on several factors.  Let's take a look at when you change your clocks as well as some things to consider to make this journey through time as simple as possible. Read more about Time standing still: Do you change your clocks as you travel on a cruise ship?