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Cruise Traveler Magazine is an online cruise magazine offering unbiased cruise tips, feature articles, and need to know information about cruising. Editorially independent of travel providers or cruise lines.

Alaska the last great frontier.

From the majestic glaciers and breathtaking vistas to the abundant wildlife and historical sites, Alaska is an unforgettable adventure.

More Info  FREE planning Guide

 

NEW! Cruise Ship & Destination Review

Diamond Princess

Grand Asia Cruise Vacation

October 7-24, 2013

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Europe: Cruise the Mediterranean and Greek Isles

Travelers looking to book vacations to Europe should seriously consider a cruise. Cruising delivers substantial value and terrific benefits, from saving on hotel bookings to world-class onboard entertainment options to the ease of booking offshore excursions. Cruising through Europe effectively removes much of the stress inherent to international travel.

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Online Cover Story

The World's Largest Cruise Ships

 

Cruise News

Allure of the Seas debuts New Restaurants and Tantalizing Menus

 

Why Sail?

This week's online magazine spotlights: Panama Canal Bermuda  Europe Caribbean

 

Cruise Resources

Dozen's of Articles, Cruise Tools, Tips & Resources

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Special Features

Cruise Ships

...for taking the kids and teens, a high adventure, or the best romantic cruises. All the tips and tricks to choose the right ship to have a successful cruise vacation.  From staterooms and dining to nightlife and youth programs, first-time cruisers will find all the information you need about cruising right here.

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Cruise Destinations

Read all about the most popular cruise destinations--and view itineraries that visit them.

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Cruise Reviews

Read hundreds of cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. Unbiased and unedited, they share their cruise experience with you.

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Recommended Reading

We've put together a list of books, magazines

, DVD's and other resources to help you plan

 a better, more enjoyable cruise vacation.

 Find The List Here

 

Whether this is your first cruise or you are a seasoned cruise traveler,  Cruise Traveler Magazine is where "travelers come to cruise"sm.  Traveling is good for the soul and spirit. If you are ready for your next cruise travel experience, we are here to help make it happen. Go ahead, click around, go explore...let the online pages of Cruise Traveler Magazine inspire you to cruise as

we answer the who, what, where, when and how about cruising.

 

"Twenty years from now, you will be most disappointed by the things you did not do, then by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"- Mark Twain

 

Summer-long promo highlights therapy value of cruising, great values and special offers

Six Types of Cruising

Cruise Traveler Magazine is a cruise travel blog and online magazine offering an unbiased cruise guide, latest cruise news, cruise reviews, tips, feature cruise articles, and need to know information about cruising. Featuring community member contributed content. Cruise Reviews. Cruise Ship Ratings and Cruise Line Rankings. Editorially independent of travel providers or cruise lines.


NEW Cruise Tips: Cruise Traveler Magazine names their first Editor's Choice Awards of 2014

Cruise Traveler Magazine Editor's Choice Awards have just unveiled their first 2014 recipients. And it looks like Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International® didn’t just make the list. They stole the show.

All in all, Princess and Royal Caribbean® were named 6 times among the top 10 cruise ships, catering to the U.S. market. Specifically, the Allure of the Seas ( and it's sister ship Oasis of the Seas ) tied for the number No. 1 position in the Best Overall Cruise Ship category, as well as the Best for Families, with top entertainment for both kids and their parents. Princess Cruises walked away with recognition for Best Value, Itineraries, and Adventure for cruising in Alaska.

Winning awards is great, but the real winners are the cruise travelers who get the opportunity to experience an immersive travel adventure they’ll never forget.  More Editor's Choice Awards will be announced at a later date.

Best for Families, Including activities  for Kids and Adults

Royal Caribbean

   Allure of the Seas

   Oasis of the Seas

Disney Cruise Line

   Disney Fantasy

Norwegian Cruise Line

   Norwegian Breakaway

 

Best Value, Itineraries and Adventure

when cruising Alaska

Princess Cruises

  Coral Princess

  Crown Princess

Royal Caribbean

  Radiance of the Seas

Norwegian Cruise Line

  Norwegian Pearl

 

The Best Ships for Alaska Cruise Tours

Princess Cruises

  Coral Princess

  Crown Princess

Royal Caribbean

  Radiance of the Seas

Celebrity Cruises

  Celebrity Solstice


NEW Cruise Tips:

Top 10 Surefire Strategies To Get More Cruise For Less.

CARIBBEAN 2014

Are you wanting to escape the cold this winter?  For 2014 you will find even more choices in Caribbean cruises as the lines pump up their offerings in the region.

Princess will have its largest deployment ever in the Caribbean in 2014 with five ships sailing on more than 160 voyages of 14 different itineraries. Sailings range from four to 20 days, and depart from Ft. Lauderdale and Houston. Among these will be seven-day Eastern Caribbean sailings on the new Royal Princess. Also new are four- and five-day cruises on Ruby Princess offering quick getaway options featuring one to three ports.

Also increasing their capacity in the Caribbean is Crystal Cruises, which is adding more 10 and 11 day voyages and five Trans- Panama Canals (versus one in 2013.)

The big news at NCL is its newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, to home-port year-round in Miami starting in February 2014 offering weekly cruises to the Eastern Caribbean.

Disney Cruise Line has a new seven-night Southern Caribbean itinerary for 2014, when it will home port in San Juan for the first time. The Disney Magic will sail four cruises in September and October to the Southern Caribbean, including Grenada, a new port of call for Disney. It will also call in Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Kitts. Disney Magic was recently re-launched with a number of new additions, including a three-story water thrill slide, spa and a new grand atrium lobby. New experiences with Marvel characters will also be part of the fun onboard and represent the first time superheroes from the Marvel universe have been introduced on a Disney Cruise Line ship.

Oceania Cruises has three new autumn Caribbean voyages aboard the Insignia for October and November 2014, a repositioning of the ship during these months due to high demand. The new voyages for Insignia include 10, 12 and 15-day itineraries.

Cruise Ship and Cruise Line

Ratings, Rankings and Reviews

"Expert Advice for First Time Cruisers and Seasoned Travelers."

 

Cruise Traveler Magazine

Cruise Traveler Magazine readers went on some great cruise vacations this summer. To Europe, Alaska, the Caribbean, Mexico, even Hawaii. Whether you traveled across the globe, or just took a weekend Bahamas cruise, you came back with lots of pictures, stories and fond memories.

Here are some of your favorite moments in words and pictures.

Cruise Tips

Know before You Go

Booking
Before Your Journey
Packing

Directions To The Pier
Onboard
Shore Excursions
Debarkation

Cruise Tip Of The Week

24 Smart Cruise Shopping Tips

Cruise Tools, News & Resources

Contributors

  Visit: Cruise Reviews Online

Chris Dickman,

Managing Editor

Cruise Reports

Rickee Richardson,

Senior Editor

Cruise Reports

Cruise reviews from cruise travelers just like you help others in our community choose the best cruise ships, destinations and ports of call, making the experience better for everyone.. Learn More

Alaska The Last Cruise Frontier
A destination that should be at the top of every cruise enthusiasts bucket list

Choosing The Right Stateroom
Get the inside scoop on how to select the perfect stateroom on your next cruise!

Packing For Your Cruise Vacation
How to pack for the perfect cruise vacation

Low-Carb Cruising
Just because you are on the Atkin’s or South Beach Diet does not mean you have to avoid taking the vacation of a lifetime. In fact, I am convinced..

River Cruising
For something more relaxing and quite different, consider a cruise down a lazy river.

Cruise Etiquette
The Golden Rules applies to cruising. Here are a few guidelines to ensure that everyone has a great vacation experience.

A Grain Of Salt
Should you rely on cruise reviews when making your future cruise decisions?

Luxury Cruising
When you want the ultimate cruise experience and money is no object, there is a hand full of cruise lines that can fulfill your every desire.

Cruising For the Physically Challenged
It is only recently, during the last five years, that we have needed wheelchair assistance. First, Mary had surgery on both knees, and then I had my fourth...

 

 

 

New Passport Requirements
Appropriate valid travel documents such as passports, visas, inoculation certificate and family legal documents are required for boarding the ship and for re-entry into the United States and other countries.

Family Cruising
Cruising is very popular and affordable for families of all sizes. However, there are some things to think about when taking the kids.

Why Buy Travel Insurance?
Some people think that travel insurance is only valuable for elderly travelers or those with serious medical conditions that might impact their cruise. That can be a costly misconception.

First Time Cruiser Tips
There are a few things that a first-time cruise should know before booking that first cruise vacation.

Getting The Best Deal
Here are some valuable tips on how to get the best deal on your next cruise vacation.

Singles Cruising
I traveled as a single adult on my first three cruises. Cruising is a great way to travel single, but there are a few things you should be aware of.

Senior Cruising
Seniors continue to make up a significant segment of the cruise industry. However, there are some things that seniors should consider when booking a cruise.


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Travel Warnings, Advisories

State Department Advisory

U. S. State Department

Tips For Travelers

Country Background Notes

Overseas Security Advisory Council

Human Rights Report

Public Announcements

Travel Health

CDC Sanitation Inspections of Cruise Ships by ship.

Motion Sickness

Center for Disease Control

Country Specific Health Information

Currency Conversion

The Currency Site

Hurricane Information 

Tropical Weather Outlook

National Hurricane Center- Home Page

US Embassy and Consulates

United States Embassies and Consulates Worldwide


In addition to spectacular glaciers, those who cruise Alaska by sea, there's the opportunity to spot the breathtaking breach of a humpback whale or soaring seabirds such as puffins, terns, gulls, eiders and many others.

Alaska Interactive  Cruise & Travel Map

To help you plan for a wide range of spectacular Alaska vacations, we’re proud to offer you this  full-color 24" x 18" map is available FREE for viewing online and can be printed out for future reference. It brings the true expansiveness of the Great Land to life and illustrates how we can can show you all the best of Alaska.  View the Map

In The News - Featured Article

Alaska - The Last Cruise Frontier  Our Micro-site provides key information on Alaska cruising to help travelers make informed decisions. Content that will greatly aid a cruise traveler’s vacation search, including ship photos, deck plans, itinerary details, videos and up-to-date pricing.  Click Here to Go There.

A destination that should be at the top of every cruise enthusiasts bucket list

 by Chris Dikmen


"Alaska is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world.

And, for those of you fortunate enough to have visited the 49th state, you know why. The scenery is breathtaking and the wildlife awe-inspiring. Alaska is one of the "must see" destinations in the world, and there is no better way to see it than by cruise ship.
".
... Read the featured article



If you've never cruised before, you probably have a boatload of questions. That's why we created this indispensible first-time cruiser's guide, filled with useful cruising tips, expert advice, and more.

  Raye & Marty Trencher

  Cruise Traveler Magazine

  Publisher and Editors

If you've never cruised before, you probably have a boatload of questions. That's why we created this indispensible first-time cruiser's guide, filled with useful cruising tips, expert advice, and more. Find answers to your most pressing questions, get advice on how to choose the perfect ship, cruise line, and stateroom, use the cruise destinations guide to plan your trip, and learn more about the action-packed activities that await onboard. Get your sea legs before you sail with our first-time cruiser tips.

  First Time Cruisers - What You Need To Know Before You Go. All About Cruising!

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU CRUISE

Ask The Experts provides information, advice, cruise reviews and cruise tips from Raye & Marty Trencher, professional travel writers, and the Cruise Lines International Association.

All About Cruising Africa  

All About Cruising Alaska

All About Cruising Antarctica

All About Cruising Bahamas

All About Cruising Bermuda

All About Mexico Cruises

Transatlantic Cruises

European River Cruises

All About Cruising Canada, New England, And The US Coast

All About Cruising Central America And The Panama Canal

All About Cruising Australia and New Zealand

All About Cruising Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti,The South Pacific

All About Northern Europe, Scandinavia Cruises

All About South America Cruises

All About Southern Europe and The Mediterranean Cruises

All About The Far East and the Orient Cruises

E-mail the Editors

Send us your questions about cruising or comment about the articles, content, and features you read about.

Featured Articles

from our online magazine...

Alaska's Lure Of Adventure

A New Dawn in Shanghai

Mallorca: The Island Of Tranquility

Antarctica: The Seventh Continent

Panama Canal: The History, Journey

Set Sail in Asia: Far East, Far Out


 

 

 

 
 Cruise Secrets Revealed

 

Did You Know?

Most cruise lines do not allow travel agents to advertise prices lower than the cruise lines offer to those who book directly with the cruise line. However, some do allow travel agencies to discount by rebating part of the commissions, when dealing directly with a potential customer. If you are shopping the Internet for cruise prices, you're most likely going to find many travel sites quoting the same price. But, the price you're seeing on a travel agent's web site is not necessarily the best price that travel agency is able to offer you. To find out a travel agency's best price on a particular cruise, you should call them, or  e-mail them a request for a price quote. Most travel agencies have toll-free phone numbers. Don't hesitate to call or email them-- you could save a lot!

Form a Group. Save BIG!

Did you know the most overlooked way to stretch your dollar is to form your own cruise group. Traveling with family or friends, or both, can lower costs enough so you can travel even when the economies not that good. Of course, most of us don't have the time - or inclination - to make the calls and do the research for an entire group. It's a big job. On the other hand, booking a group cruise is easy for a professional travel agent.

Your agent can create a package that works for you, while your group will realize across-the-board savings  from group discounts that your agent discovers.

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The Official Cruise Tour Guide is a free service of Cruise Traveler Magazine that delivers comprehensive cruise and cruise tour information to first time and seasoned cruise travelers. OCTG is a consumer planning tool to help guests  more efficiently and effectively research, find and choose a cruise or cruise tour best suited to their wants and needs and budget. Real time updated information on more than 250 cruise ships, 24 major brand cruise lines and more than 12,000 individual sailings,including hundred's of 10-18 day cruise tours, all with real-time rate and availability information from the on most of those sailings or departures. Features include information about ports of call, ship photo's, deck plans, stateroom details, onboard amenities. Most viewed, searched and most popular ships and destinations.

When times are good or not....

Travel agents are your secret weapon!

When it comes to ferreting out bargains for your next cruise, whether to Alaska, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe or Mexico, or wherever, did you know your travel agent can do side-by-side cost and stateroom comparisons of over a dozen cruise lines at one time.

First Time Cruiser Tips: What you need to know before you book your cruise.

 

 All About Cruising Africa -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Africa with information, advice, cruise reviews and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Alaska -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Alaska with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Antarctica -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Antarctica with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Australia and New Zealand -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Australia and New Zealand with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Bahamas -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to the Bahamas with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Bermuda -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Bermuda with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Canada, New England, And The US Coast -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise Canada, New England, And The US Coast with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Central America And The Panama Canal -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise Central America And The Panama Canal with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti, And The South Pacific -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti, And The South Pacific with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About European River Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a European River Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Mexico Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Mexico Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Northern Europe, Scandinavia Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Northern Europe, Scandinavia, And Baltic Russia Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About South America Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a South America Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Southern Europe and The Mediterranean Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Southern Europe and The Mediterranean Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About The Far East and the Orient Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Far East and the Orient Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Transatlantic Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Transatlantic Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips


 

Cruise Line Rankings

The scores shown reflect average

 overall satisfaction ratings

.See Who's Number One!

 

Cruise Reports

Compare vital statistics, in-depth cruise reviews and ratings of hundreds of 

Cruise Ships.

Certified Travel Experts. Great Service and Good Prices. With our services, you can be confident that your vacation will leave you with fond memories you'll never forget.

St. Petersburg, Czarist Treasures & the Baltics

Greek Isles Odyssey

Breathtaking Fjords and Waterfalls of the Norwegian Coastline

Israel and the Holy Lands

Discovering the Ports of Italy

21 Magical Days of Europe from A to V

One of a Kind Repositioning Cruises

More Overnights in More Ports across Europe

Scandinavia and Russia

Transatlantic Cruises to Remember

Cruise Insurance.
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Certified Travel Experts. Great Service and Good Prices. With our services, you can be confident that your vacation will leave you with fond memories you'll never forget.

Cruises departing from New York/New Jersey

A Taste of the Caribbean - 4/5 day Caribbean Cruises

Southern Caribbean Itineraries

Best Scuba Diving Islands - Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk

Eastern Caribbean Itineraries

Cruises departing from Miami

Western Caribbean Itineraries

ABC Islands Discovered - Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao

10+ day and longer Cruises

Cruises departing from Ft Lauderdale

 

Editor's Notes....

So, your thinking about going on a cruise. Good. Now's a great time to go. Looking for a great deal?...who isn't.

Starting to search the Internet, visit some 3rd party sites, read the blogs for advice, do some social networking, or just visiting your neighborhood travel agent?

When it comes to advice, there's a ton of it out there. Some good, Some bad, some, not very accurate. Everyone these days has to put their two-cents of an opinion, out there for view.

What if, you could read detailed and comprehensive cruise reviews from professional travel writers and your fellow cruise travelers. Oh, not the sites that have tens of thousands or more articles or reviews to read. You'll be there all night.  As a matter a fact several nights just to find

what you want, then who knows how long to filter out all the information and mis-information. That's a daunting task you know you don't have time for.

Instead visit Cruise Reviews Online where you can read around 1500 of some of the best cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. You will find the information is unbiased and unedited, the writers sharing their cruise experience, good or bad with you. Cruise Reviews Online, is one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective cruise reviews and a social networking site focused on information about cruise travel. You can read about all the major cruise line, cruise ship and destination port reviews, ratings and rankings. Read the cruise reviews, view deck plans, ship photos, review the ports of call and more. A lot more, than just two-cents worth! More like a ton of penny's. Here are some examples. 

 Cruise Tip Of The Week

Last minute cruises have become the best deals afloat for savvy travelers. Last-minute cruise deals let you book a cabin on a cruise that has not sold out around 60 days of sailing. Just like the airlines who want to sell every seat, cruise lines don't like to sail with a vacant cabin. Cruise lines make a lot of more money than the cruise fare.

Guests spend big money on drinks, the spa, photos, gambling, on-board shopping and shore excursions. Empty cabins mean less profit. Because all the cabins need to be sold so the ship sails full, last-minute cruises are deeply discounted. Travel agents work with the cruise line to make these last minute cruises very attractive. Big retail travel websites offer deals to cruise destinations at prices as much as 80% off. Guests should visit these websites often, as prices, availability and offers change daily. Don't forget to sign up for e-mail alerts.

Princess Cruises Named "Best Cruise Line in Alaska " for 2012

in the annual Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. Visit Alaska Cruises Direct for details on how to sail with Princess to Alaska this Summer...


Check out our latest cruise destinations " all around the world" video.

All Around The World

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Glacier Bay's postcard views are much more impressive in person!

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