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Contemporary Cruise Lines

Cruises that offer deluxe staterooms, dining, and entertainment, in a casual environment. Many have new ships or some recently renovated with lots of deck and pool space, organized activities, sports, beauty and fitness centers, libraries, shops, lounges,  "Broadway" style shows, dancing, music, and entertainers.  Rates from $100 to $300 per person per day.

Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Cruise Lines® - The Fun Ships®

For a great vacation value, choose the be-yourself ease of a Fun Ship® cruise. Do what you want for three to eight days or longer. Relax in the sun. Work out in the gym. Play in the casino. Enjoy lavish shows. And explore new destinations. There's something for everyone, including Camp Carnival® for kids and Club 02(SM) for teens. This is your time to enjoy a million moments of fun, one right after another with Carnival Cruise Lines.

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With 21 ships cruising from 19 departure ports to the best of the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, and Europe, Carnival has the perfect vacation for you.

Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line® - The Ultimate in Family Fun

For families, friends, and groups of all sizes, there is something special for everyone on a Disney cruise. From swimming at Goofy's Pool and parties on deck to world-class entertainment, and from onboard activities to exhilarating shore excursions, Disney Cruise Line is all about sharing moments together.

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Disney Entertainment on Disney cruises offers original Broadway-style shows to open-air deck parties, families spend time together enjoying Disney entertainment appropriate for all ages.

Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line® - Freestyle Cruising®

You're sure to enjoy the revolutionary Freestyle Cruising concept that Norwegian Cruise Line has pioneered. It's all about freedom of choice. Choose from pasta or sushi, resort casual or formal wear. You can dine when you want, and with whomever you want. It's up to you! Plus, Norwegian's entertainment can't be beat, and the Mandara Spa is sure to melt all of your cares away while your kids enjoy the complimentary Kid's Crew™ program.

Discover N C L

NCL is the acknowledged Hawaii expert. And with America Cruising, you only stop at ports in the United States, avoiding international restrictions and rules.

Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean® - Get Out There®

Want to go rock climbing 200 feet above the sea? How about ice skating while you're miles from land? The newest Royal Caribbean ships offer a mind-boggling array of activities and amenities, designed to keep the most land-locked traveler completely content at sea. Attend an art auction, shop for souvenirs, or go wine tasting while your kids enjoy the awesome Adventure Ocean program. And do it all at sea!

Discover Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean gets rave reviews for friendly and personal service. Crewmembers keep the bar high for the entire cruise industry.

Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises Cruise Line

Princess Cruises
Big ships with surprisingly intimate, romantic atmospheres and personalized service attract both first-time cruisers and experienced travelers on itineraries all over the globe.

Princess Cruises Online with Raye and Marty Trencher, offer vacationers insight into the world of Princess Cruises with help from travel and cruising experts as well as seasoned travelers and first time cruisers. This web site is your personal guide to your best cruise vacation ever.  Explore Princess cruises close to home or travel to the far reaches of the World. In addition to unique Princess topics, behind the scenes stories, exclusive insight, the website features special offers and unique getaways, and highlights Princess Cruises legacy of providing experiences that are unique by delivering innovative shows, entertainment and activities that challenge your imagination. Go explore. Escape Completely®

Premium Cruise Lines

Beautifully appointed ships designed to offer greater space and comfort in a semi-formal environment. Multi-million dollar art collections, themed lounges, theatres, and public areas.   Staff create an experience of elegance and pampering.  Refined service and quality dining. Rates from $150 to $400 per person per day.

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises Cruise Line

Celebrity Cruises® - Designed for You

Enjoy being treated famously with Celebrity Cruises on one of the most elegant fleets afloat. You won't be disappointed with the sumptuous amenities, impeccable service, and comfortable accommodations. Set sail on an adults-only cruise, or treat your kids to special supervised activities. Enjoy gourmet dishes, or pamper yourself from head to toe in the Aqua Spa.

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Six of the Top 10 Large Ships in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards were from the Celebrity fleet. The ships also won for service, dining, and staterooms.

Cunard Line
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Cunard Line
Sophistication and style reminiscent of the classic days of ocean voyages, Cunard appeals to seasoned world travelers who appreciate the finest service, cuisine and accommodations.

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Holland America Line
Holland America Line

Holland America Line® - Signature of Excellence®

Rest and relaxation await discriminating guests on this cruise line. Excellent service, stellar ports, and refined elegance set Holland America Line apart from the pack. Plus, as part of its Signature of Excellence, the cruise line has recently invested $225 million dollars in onboard enhancements. Spend your days at sea participating in the Culinary Arts Program or attending an enriching lecture series. By night, practice your dance steps or try your luck in the casino.

Discover Holland America

From the opulent spa to dazzling evening entertainment, Holland America excels in service and amenities with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios at sea.

Oceania Cruises
Oceania Cruises Cruise Line

Oceania Cruises® - Your World, Your Way®

Operating mid-size ships sailing to extraordinary ports around the globe, Oceania Cruises promises an atmosphere of casual country club elegance. Passengers onboard enjoy five-star dining and open-seating restaurants, as well as a stimulating lecture series, dance classes, a full-service spa, and Balinese sun beds by the pool. And, for additional comfort, all staterooms feature the luxurious Tranquility Bed(SM) and high-quality linens.

Discover Oceania

On Oceania Cruises, forget your tuxedo and evening gown. A policy of country club casual dress means you'll stay comfortable and relaxed amid an atmosphere of shipboard sophistication.

Luxury Cruise Lines

A formal atmosphere with nothing but the most refined white-gloved service. Appointed and decorated with the finest quality and care, these ships offer spaciousness, comfort, luxury, and choice, while exploring exotic ports around the world. Rates from $400 to $1,000 per person per day. Sea Dream, and Seabourn offer an exclusive yacht-like environment of only 100-400 guests.

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Crystal Cruises
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Crystal Cruises
A six-star culture of relaxation, pampering and intellectual enrichment appealing to the luxury traveler seeking both exploration and all the benefits of a large ship's facilities and amenities.
Regent Seven Seas
Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line
Regent Seven Seas
One of the best values in the luxury cruise market with prestigious and extraordinary ships that appeal to epicureans and connoisseurs looking to travel off the beaten path in the lap of luxury.
Sea Dream Yacht Club
Sea Dream Yacht Club
Sea Dream Yacht Club
SeaDream Yacht Club is an innovative, new yachting company that has become the prototype of the all-inclusive, casual and intimate yachting experience that discerning travelers deserve.
The Yachts of Seabourn
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Passengers feel like invited guests aboard an exclusive private yacht and indulge in the highest levels of luxury, personal service and attention to detail while cruising exotic ports of call.
Silversea Cruises
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Provides the only truly award-winning, ultra-luxurious all-inclusive cruise experience and an uncompromising commitment to service that makes every guest feel like royalty.
Windstar Cruises package Windstar
Extra-ordinary cruise gives guests the chic feel of a chartered sailboat by offering attentive service, superb dining and the romance in the Med, the Caribbean and the South Pacific.

River Cruises

River cruising is, quite simply, the best way to travel through many of the world’s most fascinating places. Comfortable and convenient, it offers a greater variety of destinations than you could encounter any other way—and lets you get in-depth exposure to the culture and history of each region.

Amadeus Waterways River Cruises Cruise Line
Amadeus Waterways
Experienced travelers agree that a European river cruise is one of the most enjoyable and hassle-free ways to explore Europe's castles, cathedrals and picturesque villages. And with Amadeus Waterways, your opportunities to discover the very best these destinations have to offer are endless.

2011-2012 Cruise Sale - Up to 2 for 1 savings and Airfare Deals - Viking River Cruises operates the world's largest and best fleet of deluxe vessels built specifically for river travel. Offering Europe River Cruises, Egypt River Cruises, China River Cruises & Russia Cruises. Browse River Cruises, Check Availability, Get Prices, More Information, Book A River Cruise.
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Transports guests back in time along the world grandest rivers to the grandest cities, medieval towns and charming villages in the interior of Europe, Russia and China.




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  1. CLIA member cruise lines offer inclusive pricing. Accommodations, meals, entertainment, use of most ship's facilities, and transportation from destination to destination are all included in the cruise price; this means the consumer is already off to a great start in realizing value for money spent.
  2. Cruises are offered in every possible price category. Spend a little or spend a lot; it's easy to pick the line that matches your budget.
  3. Cruises come in every length, from three days to three months. If budget is a high priority, pick a shorter cruise.
  4. CLIA member cruise lines operate all over the world. By picking an "off season" destination - the Caribbean this summer, for example - travelers can often save money without losing any of the fun, excitement and pleasure of vacationing in the tropics.
  5. With a weak U.S. dollar, planning a European cruise and paying in advance, in dollars, often represents added value compared to a European vacation paid in local currencies.
  6. On most ships, the price of your cruise is based on your choice of accommodations, nothing else. Most ships offer a wide choice of inside and ocean view staterooms, staterooms with balconies, even suites. If budget is a consideration, choose an inexpensive inside stateroom and enjoy the same dining, entertainment and use of ship's facilities as everyone else.
  7. Most CLIA member ships offer a wide variety of accommodations. If spacious, luxurious accommodations are your top priority, choose a cruise line whose suites match your budget.
  8. Cruises are an ideal choice for families, extended families and friends who want to share a memorable vacation. Put together your own group of cruisers and ask for a group rate.
  9.  There are more than 30 homeports for cruise ships in the United States. Wherever you live, pick a cruise you can drive to in order to save on the cost of airfare.
  10. Most important, take advantage of the expertise, experience and knowledge of a CLIA-certified travel agent. No type of vacation offers more variety than cruising; you'll enjoy extra satisfaction–and that, after all, is what value really means–by matching your cruise with your tastes, interests and budget. And, that is what CLIA's 16,000 travel agents around the country do best.
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Alaska the last great frontier.

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

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24 Feature Articles.

18 Cruise Reviews.

43 Compare The Best

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58 Top 10 Cruise Ships.

     Top 10 Cruise Lines.

52 Cruise Secrets Revealed.

23 Official Cruise Tour Guide.



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The Best Place To Be At Sea Awards

2012 Top 30 Cruise Ships chosen by Cruise Traveler Magazine.

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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.

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Princess Cruises Named "Best Cruise Line in Alaska " for 2011  

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Princess Cruises has once again received top honors as the "Best Cruise Line in Alaska" in the annual Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. This marks the fifth year in a row, and the eighth time, that the company has been recognized with this distinction by the respected magazine's travel agent readers for its Alaska cruises and cruisetours.  Visit Alaska Cruisetour Experts for details on how to sail with Princess to Alaska this Summer..

What's Inside...Cruise Blog: From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, everything you need to know before you go. 

From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure dates, everything you need to know before you go.  Such as our Ultimate Packing List. The definitive guide to what to pack on your next about exciting locales  in Destinations Uncovered...or read about readers favorite cruise lines for taking the kids and teens. All the Tips and tricks to have a successful cruise vacation.

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Now That's Entertainment...
Norwegian Epic features performances by world-class entertainers such as Blue Man Group, Second City Comedy Troupe, Legends in Concert and Howl at the Moon Dueling Pianos and unique theatrical shows like Cirque Dreams & Dinner.

With such as star-studded lineup, entertainment on board Norwegian Epic will rival that of any shows you can see in top cities like New York or Las Vegas. With 20 different dining options, including Cirque Dreams & Dinner, an innovative concept mixing high flying acrobatics with dinner under the first big top at sea, Norwegian Epic will provide cuisines and dining styles to fit every guest’s palate. 

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July 18, 2011 - Expedia Says Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Cruises are the Most Luxurious, Budget-Friendly, Hassle-Free Mode of Travel to Europe

European cruises offering unprecedented deals; Earn up to 10,000 Expedia Rewards points on cruise bookings®, the world's largest online travel agency, announced today that 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. In addition, for a limited time, travelers participating in the Expedia Rewards™ program who book a cruise on Expedia can earn up to 10,000 Expedia Reward Points. More about Expedia and Cruises to Europe

Are You More Likely To Get Up Early Than Sleep In?  - New Survey  uncovered clear differences between how men and women relax.

Debunking Cruise Myths: We debunk the 8 biggest myths of the cruise selling process resulting in real consumer savings


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.


Window shopping is fun no matter what you are shopping for! So if today you are shopping for cruises, we’re here to tempt your senses and help you dream. And if you want to move from shopping to buying, we’re ready to make your dreams reality. Get The Best  Cruise Deals Go!

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.

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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.

16 Are some ships better than others for children?
 Most cruises have supervised activities for children, some ships don't.  To find the best children’s programs, we suggest you read the programs section at Family Cruises Online. Though you may think of Disney Cruise Line when looking for a family-friendly cruise, many other ships offer kids programs that may be just as appealing.

17 Things To Take With You On A Cruise. Gadgets and gizmos

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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.



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This week featuring: Panama Canal, Bermuda, Europe, Caribbean

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Why Sail The Panama Canal?
One Canal, Two Oceans, and Unlimited Possibilities

It's not often that the scenic route is also the shortcut. But that's exactly what you'll find on Celebrity's Panama Canal itineraries -- the  shortest distance between the East and West coasts of the U.S. and some of the most scenic cruising anywhere in the world. This represents not just an  opportunity to travel right to through the heart of the rainforest, but to visit an exciting collection of ports on either side, including the Yucatán Peninsula, the Mexican Riviera, and cosmopolitan cities from San Diego, California to Miami, Florida.

Beyond the Panama Canal
While the highlight of any Panama Canal voyage is the day-long navigation through the Canal itself, what makes this such an enriching experience is  the vast number of shore excursions we offer at every port. Working with the most reliable English-speaking guides, we've assembled a collection of adventures that cater to every interest and every level of stamina. Best of all, we handle all the details for you so that all you have to do is choose your shore excursions and enjoy your day.

Why Sail To Bermuda?
Sands of a Different Color

Each of our Bermuda itineraries offers at least one overnight in King's Wharf, providing you an ample opportunity to experience a phenomenon found in few other places - beaches with pink sand. Add in the proximity to the East Coast of the U.S., and you have a destination where you can truly escape from it all without having to venture too far. This is Bermuda - so close to home yet so different from any other place.

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On Bermuda's Premier Glass Bottom Boat Tour, you'll travel on an air-conditioned luxury cruiser, floating over coral reefs and an 18thcenturysunken ship, where fish will rise from the depths for a feeding. Enjoy a clear view of the world's most vibrant ecosystems on this exciting adventure. On Hartley's Helmet Dive, you'll be taken out to a dive site on a glass-bottomed boat, where you'll don a diving mask with an integrated air supply and descent into the sea with a guide, who will point out all kinds of different marine life, some of which you can hold or feed by hand.

Why Sail Europe?
Experience a Contemporary Cultural Odyssey

Gaze at a map of Europe and allow each point to works its magic on you. Venice, Santorini, Istanbul, St. Petersburg or Berlin. Each city evokes a deep sense of wonder and intrigue. But a carefully designed European cruise is not just a visit to places on a map, it's an adventure that brings you face to face with every nuance of the European experience.

Go Beyond the Coastline with a Cruise tour
Because Europe is a region of such depth and discovery, we offer several ways for you to experience everything that lies beyond the coastline. On a Cruise tour - one of which travels through Italy, one that travels through Spain, and two that travel through Northern Europe - you'll see Europe at its finest, as we seamlessly combine a cruise itinerary with a multi-night, escorted land journey that transports you deep into everything this magical continent has to offer. These longer, more comprehensive vacations, which travel by train car and deluxe motor coach, as well as magnificent ship, allow you to become better acquainted with cities like Paris, London, Florence, and Venice.

Why Sail The Caribbean?
A Caribbean itinerary for everyone

Whether you're looking for a seven-night adventure or a 14-night exploration that extends as far as Mexico and South America, cruise lines offer many exciting ways to discover the Caribbean.

Over 100 new shore excursions
The enchantment of the Caribbean extends far beyond these island's pristine beaches. Discover an exhilarating collection of tantalizing sights, sounds, tastes and textures, with shore excursions for every age traveler and every interest.

. Treat yourself to a champagne and lobster cruise setting sail from St George's, Grenada.
. Experience the islands as the explorers did, on a tall ship adventure out of Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
. Uncover the legends of region's original inhabitants, the Carib Indians on Roseau, Dominica.


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