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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.

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Why Sail?

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Contents & Highlights

12 Cruise News.

24 Feature Articles.

18 Cruise Reviews.

43 Compare The Best

     Cruise Deals.

58 Top 10 Cruise Ships.

     Top 10 Cruise Lines.

52 Cruise Secrets Revealed.

23 Official Cruise Tour Guide.




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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. Jump to the list of Cruise Destinations. Cruise Ships.
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.

Cruise Ship and Cruise Line

Ratings, Rankings and Reviews

"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

72 You Deserve A Cruise. Why?

When times are tough, a well-deserved vacation is therapeutic, doctor says Dr. David Hubschmitt, a New Jersey-based psychologist specializing in depression, agrees that vacationing during stressful times can be a good remedy. “A well-timed vacation may offer significant benefits for mental health. The relaxation provides a much-needed change of gears in a time-starved society, and may be an ideal time to reconnect with loved ones traveling with you. For those traveling alone, vacations may lead to a higher level of self discovery.”

A well-chosen vacation, according to experts, offers significant benefits and opportunities, including:

  • Relaxation,shifting gears and change of scenery are good for one’s health – physical, mental and spiritual
  • There is no better time or setting for reconnecting with family and friends and renewing relationships
  • A vacation is an opportunity to discover or rediscover oneself
  • There’s no better time to recharge and re-energize and to look forward with confidence and enthusiasm

What makes a cruise the perfect vacation therapy? There’s the ease of planning and the convenience of having a “home away from home” for the length of the trip, plus all-inclusive pricing that delivers excellent value. The diversity of cruise experiences means that there is a vacation for every taste, interest and budget. With more than 30 domestic ports of embarkation, millions of Americans are within driving distance of a cruise. And CLIA member lines are doing everything they can to create irresistible incentives. So take a cruise; it’s good for you!

That is the key message of the summer-long “You Deserve a Cruise” promotion just announced by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its member lines.

Families, singles, seniors, first-time cruisers, honeymooners and groups of all descriptions will discover the important therapeutic benefits of vacationing as they take advantage of unprecedented cruise values, the latest savings and special cruise incentives.

Many cruise lines and thousands of CLIA-member travel agents are participating to tell consumers across the country that it is okay to travel – that the travel industry is vital to the economy, and they deserve to put daily worries on hold and take a break.

In fact, research, surveys of consumer attitudes and trends, and health professionals increasingly point to the beneficial effects of vacationing. Combined, these realities provide good cause to encourage consumers to take the break they deserve.

Now more than ever, a vacation is what people really need – a break from everyday stresses to get in touch with themselves, their families and what’s important, to reflect on the next steps which could be life-changing, and to renew physically and emotionally.

We are living in challenging times; we deserve the opportunity to reward ourselves while at the same time making a small contribution to the country’s well-being as well.

And, with the incredible, never-seen-before, and likely never to be seen again, values offered by CLIA member lines today, what better time could there be to get some ‘cruise therapy?

Terry L. Dale, President & CEO
Cruise Lines International Association



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Pacific Northwest

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63 Cruise Tools, News & Resources

River Cruising
You don't have to brave the ocean to enjoy cruising. River cruising is one of the fastest growing segments of the cruise industry!
Luxury Cruising
When you want the ultimate cruise experience and money is no object, there is a handfull of cruise lines that can fulfill your every desire.
New Cruise Ships!

See the newest cruise ships currently in production and scheduled through 2011.
Choosing a Travel Agent

Finding the right professional to work with can be the secret to finding the Perfect Cruise.
Passport Requirements
New rules go into effect. Make sure you have the proper documents before your cruise.
Cruise Ship Security
Is cruising safe? Here are some safety tips to consumer before you sail.
Booking Online
You may be tempted to book your cruise online. Before you do, here are some things to think about.


Cruising Single
Cruising is a great way for single adults to travel. Here are some new ideas for the single cruising.
Group Cruises
Why not plan a cruise for your next family reunion, church retreat or conference?
Cruising With Kids
Cruising is very popular and affordable for families of all sizes. However, there are some things to think about when taking the kids.
Cruising with Disabilities
A physical handicap should not prevent you from enjoying a great vacation. We offer you some new ideas on selecting the right ships and what to ask for.
Low-Carb Cruising
A commitment to weight loss does not mean you have to give up one of the greatest joys of cruising!
Travel Insurance
Don't leave home without it! A good travel insurance policy might be the most important investment you make in your cruise,

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U.S. Passport Information

How to get a passport

Download a passport application!

United States Customs

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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

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