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How and Why to Plan a Cruise for a Group

Cruising with GroupsWhether traveling together for a special occasion or just a group of friends taking a vacation together, cruise lines are great at catering to groups.  In fact, there are programs that can pile on the perks when planning a cruise for a group - and they might even get you cruising for free - but you have to know how to fully take advantage of these programs.  We’ll look at how groups work, and special considerations you should have when planning a cruise with family or friends... read more

Taking Advantage of Future Cruise Credits & Price Drops Related to Coronavirus

Future Cruise Credits, Price Drops, and CoronavirusVideo: If you've canceled a cruise because of coronavirus (or if it's been canceled for you), you've likely been given a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) but it may not be clear how those work.  There are also a ton of wild price drops lately, largely related to the pandemic situation.  In this video, we make sure you understand what your options are, so you're prepared to make the most out of your next cruise bookings. read more

Comparing Cruise Line Credit Cards

Like department stores, airlines, and even gas stations, some cruise lines have their own credit cards promising perks and savings for cardholders.  We looked at a few of these offers and found there are far better deals to be had if you’re looking to save money and get benefits from using a credit card for travel.  We’ll break down the benefits, the cost, and tricks you might find helpful in using credit card perks to save money on your next cruise... read more

Cruise Line Beverage Packages: Should you get a drink package?

Whether sipping a fruity drink by the pool or enjoying a pint at a pub, alcoholic beverages are ubiquitous with cruising.  The cost of those drinks can certainly add up, but in the past 10-15 years, some cruise lines have started serving up unlimited drink packages and other options which allow you to better manage your bar tabs and even coffee expenses.  The cost, benefits, and restrictions can vary by cruise line, so let’s explore the overall concept of beverages packages, and some of the things unique to the offerings on each cruise line... read more

Hotel "Park and Cruise" Packages - What to Know About Hotel Shuttles to and from Your Cruise Port

There are no shortage of ways to get to and from the cruise port, and we've written several articles to help you find the best option for you.  If you're staying in a hotel before your cruise however you may have seen hotels advertising shuttle service.  While this can be a great option, you need to watch out for a few tricks some hotels play that make those "complimentary" shuttles quite expensive.  Our video explains why, and even shows you an example of this pricing trick... read more