Planning a Cruise? Check Out These Tips for a Better Experience

by Janis on November 18, 2014

Princess Cruises Star Princess cruise shipAre you planning a cruise vacation?

We have gathered our best cruise travel tips honed from our 20 years of exploring the world by cruise ship.

Planning Tips For Cruise Vacations

How to Get the Best Deal on Your Cruise Vacation

Tips for First-Time Cruisers

Beverage Packages on Cruises

Packing Tips on for Cruise Vacations

Alaska by Land and Sea

Mr. Jones was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and still has many friends and family members in the state, so we visit often. Alaska has many spectacular views, but some of the best are accessed most easily by a cruise ship and/or a cruise + land combination tour.

Anchorage, Alaska:

Other Alaska Destinations:

Cruising the Mediterranean or Northern Europe?

We’ve started this blog when we spent the summer of 2007 exploring Europe by cruise ship, from the Black Sea to the Polar Ice Cap. You will find many posts on Europe on this blog. Here’s a few to get you started.

Cruising on Holland America Line

We’ve sailed on Holland America since 1996, and spent most of our 2007 summer in Europe on the line’s ships. We are four-star Mariners, so we get lots of extra perks when we sail on this cruise line.

Cruising on Princess Cruises

We sailed on Princess Cruises Star Princess in 2002, and again recently in 2014 on a 7-Day California Coastal Cruise.

Cruising on Royal Caribbean

We’ve sailed on Royal Caribbean five times on short cruises to Mexico and the Pacific Northwest, on a Mediterranean Cruise, and most recently, on both the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, the two largest cruise ships at sea.

Cruising on Seabourn

Seabourn is a luxurious, small-ship, nearly all inclusive cruise experience. We’ve sailed on the Seabourn Pride (one of the three original smaller ships that have been sold to Windstar.)  While the Pride is now a part of the Windstar fleet, it is identical to the Spirit and the Legend which are still a part of Seabourn through April, 2015. We also sailed the Seabourn Sojourn, one of the newer, larger ships.

What’s’ your favorite insight or tip for cruising? Please share in comments below

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