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How I make my cruise ship cabin feel more like home

Forget about seasickness - these days, I am probably more likely to feel homesick when I cruise.

Ask anyone who cruises or travels a lot and you will probably hear the same response. There’s truly no place like home and being on the road (or sea) after a while can certainly make me miss the comforts of home.

While I absolutely love cruising and traveling, sometimes it’s hard for me to leave my pups and husband behind. I love our home and the life we have together, even when it means going on an amazing cruise - which I absolutely love too!

Guide to annual travel insurance plans

When you cruise, do you typically purchase travel insurance?

Travel insurance is one of those cruise topics that no one wants to think or talk about. It’s definitely not fun to imagine all the things that could go wrong on your highly-anticipated cruise. Vacation is meant to be relaxing and rejuvenating, after all!

Why an inside cabin is the best choice for a cruise

Why should you book an inside room on a cruise ship? Is it a great money-saving idea, or a mistake waiting to happen?

Inside cabins on cruise ships are regularly the lowest priced way to book a cruise, and it is a popular choice for a few good reasons.

Before you decide which cabin to book, check out these reasons to book an inside cabin on your next cruise.

How to pick a cruise line

There’s no doubt that the hardest part of planning your first cruise is the first step: picking a cruise line. There are more than 40 different cruise lines that operate around the world, each offering their own unique experiences. 

No two cruise lines are alike, making the choice seemingly more difficult to narrow your choice down to just one cruise line. 

Bonine vs. Dramamine for Motion Sickness: Which Is Better for a Cruise?

Few experiences can railroad your cruise like sea sickness; the last thing you want is to be sidelined by nausea or dizziness when you should be lounging by the pool or taking in a show. Remedies include ginger tea, transdermal patch, wristband and green apples, but some of the most common are pills -- Dramamine or Bonine -- that can be purchased over the counter.

Cruise ships are usually quite smooth, but rough ocean conditions can turn even the most seasoned cruiser a little green.

The worst cruise ship cabins to avoid

Would you be shocked if I told you the worst cruise ship cabin that I ever had was also the biggest and nicest cabin? 

Yup. The worst cruise cabin I’ve had while cruising was a 2 bedroom suite onboard Norwegian's Pride of America. Our cabin was massive, and a huge cry from the interior cabins we usually book. While sailing the Hawaiian islands was absolutely stunning, we didn’t expect the very choppy waters while sailing from one island to the next.

Top 40 Cruise Tips & Hacks

Cruising is a wonderful way to travel, a fun vacation that offers so much to see and do.

Today’s cruise ships today are like floating cities with tons of activities, venues and non-stop activities, visiting incredible destinations throughout the world. A lot to choose from.

How to get a cabin upgrade on a cruise

You booked that cheap inside room, but you’d love to sail in a big ol’ balcony cabin. Is it possible to get a cruise ship cabin upgrade for free? 

“Unfortunately there is no secret password or magic wand that will guarantee an upgraded stateroom without actually paying for one,” says Beci Mahnken, president and CEO of MEI-Travel, and a travel agent with the inside scoop. “Complimentary upgrades are not very common in the current cruise climate.”

Unsold cruise cabins: How to find deals when ships aren’t full

You’ve heard the stories of cruisers getting amazing last-minute travel deals on unsold cruise cabins. How do they do it? You don’t know how to tell how many cabins are left on a cruise, let alone determine where to look for deals and discounts.

If you care more about price than picking the perfect cabin or sailing, we’ll share some travel agent insight about how to nab a low price or extra perks if a ship isn’t likely to sail full.

Top 10 cruise cabin hacks to make your stateroom more livable

Cruise cabins pack a lot into a small space, but sometimes they fall short of meeting all your needs. Keeping your cruise room organized can especially be a challenge. That’s when you need to get creative and employ a few smart cruise cabin hacks.

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