If you are busy but want to keep up with all the helpful cruise advice we share, this is an easy-to-digest look at the recent articles and updates we've shared
1. 5 mistakes I made and 4 things I did right on my MSC Seaside cruise
Jenna is no stranger when it comes to cruising!
However, even the most seasoned of travelers can still find themselves making mistakes during their trips. Of course, no one wants this to happen, as it can cost passengers time, money, and regret later on. Jenna recently returned from a sailing on MSC Seaside, and while she felt confident going into her sailing, she left having made a few mistakes.
From waiting in too many lines to choosing the wrong way to spend a day in port, here are 5 mistakes she made and 4 things she did right on my MSC Seaside cruise.
2. I stayed in a windowless cabin onboard Norwegian Star that cost $1,700 — here's what my inside stateroom looked like
When it comes to planning a cruise, frequent cruisers know how good it feels to find a great deal.
Allie recently was able to do just that, scoring a 10-night European sailing on Norwegian Star for just $1,700. Good deals, however, tend to come at a cost; this sailing was onboard one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s oldest ships, and was for an inside cabin guarantee. Regardless, the deal was too good for her to pass up on, especially as it included round-trip airfare.
After returning from her sailing, she shares with us a look inside what $1,700 on one of NCL’s oldest ships looks like.
3. Why are MSC cruises so cheap?
When it comes to booking a cruise, you are sure to see many different numbers in regard to the cruise fare.
However, MSC Cruises tends to always be on the lower end when it comes to cost. They have some of the lowest fares, beating out cruise giants such as Carnival Cruise Line. This may have you wondering what the catch is. There are several ways that MSC Cruises fine-tunes their ship operations and business to offer these competitive prices.
We break down how MSC can deliver these discounted fares and what cruisers need to know when sailing with this European cruise line.
Read more: Why are MSC cruises so cheap?
4. 11 things I wish I had done differently on my first Carnival cruise
Cruise.Blog writer Elizabeth recently returned from her first-ever Carnival cruise.
While she is an experienced cruiser, she mainly spends her days at sea onboard a Royal Caribbean ship. However, when she had the opportunity to hop aboard Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Celebration, she didn’t hesitate. Even with her vast knowledge of cruising and preparation for this cruise, she ended up making a few avoidable mistakes.
Here are eleven things she wishes she had done differently on her first Carnival cruise.
5. 8 useful things to bring on a Disney cruise
When your cruise is finally just around the corner, the next important step you need to take is packing.
While packing for any trip is important, when packing for a cruise it is even more so. That is because you will have much fewer options to shop or grab essential items you forgot to pack while onboard your cruise ship. If you have a Disney Cruise planned, there are some additional items that you will want to ensure you have packed with you.
Here are some of the essentials you may consider packing when sailing with Disney Cruise Line.
Read more: 8 useful things to bring on a Disney cruise
6. We cruised to the United Kingdom during rainy season: Here's why it was a bad idea
When you find an amazing cruise deal, oftentimes it is too tempting to pass up.
That is what happened to Hayley and Allie when they found an incredible offer to sail onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star, sailing the British Isles for just $1,700 each. The caveat to this price? Sailing in the unpredictable fall weather that Northern Europe is known for. However, they forged ahead and booked this sailing, and were able to experience firsthand how it is to sail in the off-season.
After returning from their sailing, they shared with us why it may have been a bad idea after all.
7. Ensure you have the best cruise possible with this list of items to pack!
Packing for an upcoming vacation can either be a source of excitement or dread.
When packing for a cruise vacation, it is even more important that you pack everything you think you will need for your time onboard. This is because you aren’t able to run to a shop quickly to grab a forgotten item, like you would be able to on a land vacation. And to make matters even more complicated, the lists of what you should pack can vastly change based on the destinations you are sailing to.
We put together a list of 41 useful things to bring on a cruise that will ensure you have the greatest trip possible.
Read more: 41 useful things to bring on a cruise
8. Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship to feature a hybrid roller coaster
It seems that new cruise ships today are finding new and innovative ways to out-wow other cruise ships.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Aqua, is set to debut in April 2025 and is no exception. This brand-new vessel will be unlike any other ship in her Norwegian Prima Class. Coming in at about 10% larger than Norwegian Prima, this ship is going to be loaded with top-of-the-line entertainment and activities, including The Aqua Slidecoatser.
Read more to hear all about the world's first hybrid roller coaster and waterslide that can be found onboard Norwegian Aqua!
9. 13 tips to sleep better on your next cruise ship
For some travelers, vacation is all about catching up on sleep.
If you fall into this category, or just want to ensure that you can catch a good night’s rest onboard a cruise ship, you will want to ensure that you know all of the tips and tricks to do so. It is not uncommon for some cruisers to have a difficult time falling asleep on a moving vessel, while others may be lulled to sleep by the motion. Regardless of which category you fall into, you want to ensure that you are well rested, and can enjoy your cruise to the fullest.
Here are 13 tips to help you sleep better on your next cruise ship, so you can get the rest you need to keep up with all the fun going on.