Aboard the Ship

Entertainment, dining options, taking the kids, choosing a cabins, safety and on-board activities. Advice and information to help you get the most out of your cruise.

Norwegian Breakaway
Sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Line Discover Norwegian Breakaway, the largest, most luxurious ship to ever call the Big Apple home.
Making Carnival Sunshine
Carnival is calling the Carnival Sunshine makeover the most complex cruise ship refurbishment ever undertaken
Norwegian Getaway GRAMMY Experience
by Janice Wald Henderson Norwegian Getaway is partnering with the GRAMMY Awards to create is own unique onboard experience.
Cruiser's Culinary Cheat Sheet
by Janice Wald Henderson Have you ever been stumped by a word on a cruise ship menu? Here is your cruiser's culinary cheat sheet.   Go>
Redefining Celebrity Cruises 2013
Celebrity is out to remake its image as the "Modern Luxury" cruise line for cuisine, entertainment and service
Best Cruise Cabin Location
by Pete Peterson What difference does the location of your stateroom make - on a moving ship more than you realize
New Celebrity Dining Packages
The modern luxury line's specialty dining packages offer convenience and savings of up to 31% over individual bookings.
Royal Caribbean: New Beverage and Dining Programs
New inclusive beverage and dining packages make Royal Caribbean cruising more comprehensive and less complicated
Bundling Cruise Services Into Price
Cruise lines bundling tours, drinks, Wi-Fi and pre-cruise hotels are seeing serious success.
New Cruise Safety Measures
Even more new safety measures and policies for cruise ships have just been adopted by CLIA
Azamara Going All Inclusive in 2013
The "upscale" cruise line now includes on-shore adventures, beverages and gratuities in the cruise fare.
Five Surprises Found on Cruises
Is a cruise is like an "all-inclusive vacation" with the added benefit of luxury travel, or the other way around?
Carnival Stops Deck Chair Hogs Fleetwide
Carnival takes a new a system to recover deck chairs from people who save them surreptitiously fleetwide
Holland America Staterooms Ready at 11:30
This important premium boarding option is included in the cruise fare for everyone at one cruise line
Holland America Fine Dining
Certain special dining events offered on every Holland America cruise are "not to be missed" attractions.
Carnival's System to Stop Chair Hogs
Carnival just started a system to recover deck chairs from people who save them surreptitiously
A Fresh Carnival Breeze
Carnival Breeze brings a radically new and fresh design to Carnival Cruise Line.
IMO Safety Recommendations
Maritime Safety Committee agrees to Passenger Safety recommendations with Advice from CLIA
Three Way to Get Kicked Off a Cruise!
New rules for cruise passengers come with absolutely no exceptions - and you need to know!
Shore Excursions and Tours
How to save money on shore tours and time in port during your cruise.
Common Cruise Ship Courtesy
Cruise ships are some of the best and last representative bastions of the finest in human courtesy and culture. Our readers give us their list of common courtesy suggestions for guests on cruise ships.   Go>
Cruise Ship Art Auction Controversy
Art auctions on cruise ships have become controversial for a number of reasons - caveat emptor, buying art is risky and expensive.   Go>
Your Cruise Has Been Refused!
People with cruise tickets are sometimes denied boarding at the last moment, losing not only their vacation time, but their cruise fare as well.   Go>
Staying Sun-Savvy on Your Cruise
The newest trend in solar safety for tropical trips is sun-protective clothing.
Disembarkation - the Party's Over
There are fewer aspects of cruising less enticing than disembarkation morning. How to make the best of it
Shipboard Internet Access Tips
Internet access on ships is expensive, but worth it! Tips for optimizing your online time during your onboard time will cut your bill in half or more, with just a few simple tricks.
Away from Home for the Holidays
Cruise lines offer special amenities for December/New Year's festivities.
Gamble Like a Pro
Kuki offers advice on cruise ship gambling.


  • Your First Cruise: What To Expect
  • Cooking for 2600
  • Daytime Activities at Sea
  • Alcohol Policies on Various Cruise lines
  • The Elusive Cabin Upgrade
  • Dining at Sea: An Overview by Cruise Lines
  • Cruise Ship Glossary
  • Cruise Ship Dining - An Overview
  • The Hotel Director's Many Hats
  • The Meanings of Ship Flags


  • How to Solve Your Cruise Problems
  • Disembarkation - Making the Most of a bad Day
  • Have a Safe Cruise
  • Safety of Cruise ships
  • Going Beyond 'White or Red?'- Wine Options in Cruises


  • Entertainment on Cruise Ships
  • Gamble Like a Pro
  • Away from Home for the Holidays
  • Art Auctions at Sea - Good Deals?
  • Free Money on Cruises - Casino Tips
  • Free Money on Cruises - Casino Tips Revisited
  • Carnival Triumph Production Show - Wonderful World


  • Wheelchair Cruising
  • Safety at Sea
  • Kid-Smart Safety at Sea
  • Acupuncture at Sea
  • The Best Bathrooms at Sea
  • Ship Smoking Policies are Changing
  • Spa Recommendations Part 1
  • Spa Recommendations Part 2
  • Keeping Fit (and Busy) at Sea
  • Staying Sun-Savvy on Your Cruise


  • Tips For Internet Use on Your Cruise
  • Staying Connected: Cellphones, Wifi and Web Cafes
  • Shipboard Internet - Technical Details


  • How to Bargain
  • How to Buy a Camera
  • Swimming with the Dolphins
  • Understanding Cruise Costs
  • Meet the World-Class Shoppers
  • Recommended Articles