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I've been on 10 cruises. Here are 9 things I always pay extra for on my vacation

Outside of your base cruise fare, there are certain add-ons that you can opt to purchase to enhance your cruising experience. 

You do not need to book spa treatments, once-in-a-lifetime shore excursions, specialty restaurants, or internet packages to have a great cruise. In fact, cruises are some of the most budget-friendly vacations if you elect to utilize everything that is included in your initial fare. 

Cruise ship room service: What you should know

Room service is a staple to many vacationers. It is your time off, why shouldn't you enjoy breakfast in bed (or better yet, on your private balcony!) before a busy day spent ashore or running around the ship? 

I flew standby to Europe for a cheap cruise and I would never do it again — here's why

Have you ever had a great travel idea that turned out to be more disastrous than you could have imagined?

A few months ago, I was searching for cheap spring break cruises when I stumbled upon a 2-night sailing from Malaga, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal on Norwegian Sun. The itinerary included one stop in Cadiz, Spain - and best of all, it was priced at just $99 per person.

Life working on a cruise ship: Day in a life of a cruise ship crew member

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work on a cruise ship? Thanks to social media, we are able to get a more in-depth look at what being a crew member onboard a cruise ship is really like. 

This is what a cruise ship could look like in the year 2100

Have you ever wondered what cruising will be like in 70 years? On March 29, the MEYER Group released a cruise ship concept for what they believe the future of the industry could look like in the year 2100. 

The MEYER Group is an international consortium that has three shipyards located in Papenburg and Rostock, Germany, as well as Turku, Finland. 

The cruise ship island cabanas that cost more than the cruise

If your upcoming cruise itinerary includes a stop at a cruise line private island or destination, you have probably noticed that many have cabanas that you can rent for the day. While the type of cabana and included amenities vary, you can expect each to provide a reserved area just for you and your travel companions. 

15 things I can't wait to do on every cruise ship I sail

Cruise anticipation is one of the greatest feelings ever, and there is no greater feeling than when the cruise countdown officially hits single digits and the embarkation jitters intensify. 

Like with any vacation, cruising offers you the ability to completely check out of reality. Regardless of whether the trip is 3-nights oe 14-nights, you can rest assured knowing that you will be taken care of by the hardworking crew members and come back with some incredible memories!

Here are the top 15 things that I can't wait to do on every cruise ship!

10 things I'd tell anyone new to cruise ships

From relaxing days at sea spent by the pool to memorable shore excursions, delicious food, beautifully crafted cocktails, and, of course, great memories, there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to any cruise vacation, especially your very first. 

When you are new to cruising, however, you will probably be feeling more than just impatience and excitement! You want to make the most of your vacation, but trying to absorb all the "shoulds and shouldn'ts" can be overwhelming. 

Unpleasant cruise ship problems you aren't prepared for

Everyone pictures their cruise vacation with blue skies, calm seas and a drink in hand. You’re planning to relax and rejuvenate while sailing on a cruise. No one wants to think about some of the unpleasant things they might encounter while on a cruise.

Cruising is the best way to take a much-needed vacation, but you might encounter some surprisingly nasty problems. Those new to cruising might be surprised by a few of the gross things that you can experience on your cruise. If you cruise often, you likely already know about these problems.

Best Caribbean shore excursions

The Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise destinations not just for its white stands and crystal clear waters, but because there are activities that everyone can enjoy. 

You do not have to go to the Caribbean and just lounge on the beach; although, you certainly can do just that! No matter what you choose to do, you will want to ensure that you get the best cruise shore excursion value

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