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In the Cruise News: Norwegian Cruise Line to Acquire Regent Seven Seas Cruises & Oceania Cruises!

Cruise Review: Regular contributors Mary & Vincent Finelli sail on Caribbean Princess once again to enjoy the remarkable cuisine of Executive Chef Antonio Cereda. Welcome aboard for a culinary journey on the Finelli's 106th cruise—and their 21st cruise on Princess ships.

Cruise Review: Come aboard and join Keith Henderson for a Carnival Freedom cruise review. Keith takes a look at the new features added in the ship's recent upgrade and critiques everything from dining and entertainment to the itinerary and excursions.

Catch a Double Dose of Magic Disney-style with something for everyone in the family. Join our contributor Georgina Cruz, her husband Humberto, daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons for a multi-generational get-together: a pre-cruise stay at the Walt Disney Resort, followed by a cruise aboard Disney Cruise Line's fourth and newest vessel, Disney Fantasy. It's a cruise review you won't want to miss.

Home from their second Holland America Line World Cruise, Georgina & Humberto Cruz share moments to remember from the Amsterdam's 2014 Grand World Voyage.

Join Cruise Diva Rolling on the River Seine aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel's River Venture. Get an inside look at river cruising in our review and, if you missed our blogs, here are the links:

Rolling on the River Seine Aboard Vantage River Venture
River Venture Visits Ports of Call on the River Seine

Cruise Review Cruise Diva recently sailed from Miami aboard the divine MSC Divina and we invite you to to join us for a first-hand look at this gorgeous ship.

Cruise Review Join Dr. Joseph Reynolds aboard Azamara Quest for a voyage through Central America and Mexico from Costa Rica to Los Angeles with recommendations for independent touring options in several ports of call as well as his unique observations of the Azamara experience.

Watch throughout the year for these New Cruise Ships for 2014.

Ship Previews: Join Cruise Diva for a first-hand look at Royal Princess, the first cruise ship in a new class for Princess Cruises and the line's largest and most feature-filled ship to date. Then sail along with Cruise Diva from New Orleans on a cruise aboard the totally refurbished Carnival Sunshine.

Pre- & Post-Cruise Spa Options: Georgina Cruz introduces us to some “Me Time” prior to setting sail on a cruise vacation from Port Canaveral.

Take a look at River vs Ocean Cruising. River cruises are booming, so come along with Cruise Diva aboard Vantage Deluxe World Travel's River Splendor to discover the similarities & differences between river & ocean cruises.

Pre-Cruise Hotel Review: The 22 acres of swamp land purchased by Phillips Petroleum a half century ago has grown from a simple watercraft gas station to one of Fort Lauderdale's premier landmarks. Take a fresh look at Hyatt Regency Pier 66.

Is your cruise ship sick? Separate fact from rumor and learn the truth about the dreaded "cruise ship disease" norovirus. The best way to prevent it and how to treat it.

Select Your Cruise Ship Cabin — Will it be Inside or Outside? Balcony Stateroom or Suite? Take a look at the accommodations available before choosing yours.

Air & Sea: Solutions for the Landlocked The facts about cruise line Air & Sea Programs and missing the boat.

Smoke on the Water — Can you smoke on your cruise ship? Cruise Diva outlines the cruise lines' updated smoking policies.

No two cruises are identical. Are your expectations realistic? Discover What to Expect On Your Cruise.

Cruise Travel Do's & Don'ts: You know you can't bring your cabin steward home with you, but what you may take might be a bit confusing. For instance, you can take the fruit basket, but not the fruit. Cruise Diva clears up what You Can & Can't Bring Home.

"My cruise was ruined!" Sadly, there’s no such thing as a perfect vacation and things can go just as wrong on a cruise as they do on land. Take matters into your own hands and learn the seagoing rules for Effective Complaining.

Cruises, the Social Network Way to Travel While a cruise is a great vacation for families & friends, it isn't necessary to have a ready-made group of acquaintances in order to feel comfortable on a cruise.

Catch The Communications Wave At Sea — The Internet, WiFi-enabled laptop computers, and cell phones deliver Tech Savvy Cruise Travel. Cruise Diva looks at the services offered by major cruise lines.

Cruise Travel Cost Control: Those boarding passes/room keys... ultimately, they are "Sail 'n Spend" cards. To keep your vacation budget from sinking, Cruise Diva offers Money Saving Tips that you can use when planning your cruise as well as once you are on board. We also clear up the confusion about What's Included In Your Cruise Fare (and what isn't). You have to get to port before sailing, so we take a look at Air & Sea Programs and how you can save time, money, and aggravation on flights.

Cruise Planning & Preparation—Things To Do:  For smooth sailing, follow Cruise Diva's Cruise Planning Timeline as a part of your pre-cruise preparation strategy.

Recent Cruise Reviews: Caribbean Princess; Carnival Freedom; Disney Fantasy; River Venture; MSC Divina; Norwegian Epic; Azamara Quest; Ruby Princess; MSC Divina; Royal Princess; Azamara Journey; Carnival Legend; Silver Spirit; Volendam; Crystal Symphony; Norwegian Gem; Zuiderdam; Celebrity Millennium; Noordam; Celebrity Reflection; Disney Wonder; Caribbean Princess; Carnival Breeze; Celebrity Reflection; Carnival Valor; American Queen; Disney Fantasy; Nieuw Amsterdam; Radiance of the Seas; Rhapsody of the Seas; Carnival Victory; Carnival Miracle; Adventure of the Seas; MORE REVIEWS...

Booking A Cruise At The Pier The cruising urban legend that will not die.

It's your duty to shop, but it won't be free! Before you board your ship, get Cruise Diva's strategies for smart Shopping on Your Cruise Vacation and also learn how to snag some No-Cost Souvenirs. About those flip-flops... you'll have to sail on Celebrity Cruises' Solstice to sink your toes into them.

The True Confession of a pack-aholic. That would be your Cruise Diva. Learn how I overcame my pack-aholism with a streamlined strategy for Packing It In

Consideration, Courtesy, Civility — Pack your best manners and observe the three C's at sea with CruiseDiva.com's Cruise Ship Etiquette.

Cruise Line Brochures — What do they say?
   ~ How to read them & get the information you need
   ~ What are the Brochure Buzz Words

Going Ashore Sightseeing can be a large add-on expense to a cruise vacation. Should you choose Shore Excursions vs. Independent Touring? Cruise Diva offers decision-making suggestions and helps you Decipher Excursion Descriptions.

Cruise Lines' Private Islands Established to provide a beach break on an island (or part of one) reserved for their exclusive use, most are located in the Bahamas chain of "home" islands and included in certain Caribbean itineraries.

Timing is Everything — Insure smooth sailing on Embarkation Day by following Cruise Diva's arrival tips.

Fodor's Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call 2014 is all you need to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman

Get other top picks in Cruise Guidebooks & Travel Magazines

Find cruise gear, luggage & travel bargains in The Cruise Shop

Cruising With Kids? This is your must-have info:
       ~ Going to sea with children... why you need a Consent Letter
       ~ Family Cruising, The Basics
- Will your family enjoy a cruise?
      ~ Do's and don'ts & what to know
Before You Go  

Baby on Board — Cruise travel age restrictions for infants & regulations for expectant moms-to-be.

Taking Your Toddler To Sea Cruise ships are wonderful places for family vacations, but you must understand the rules before making promises to your littlest sailors.

For Spring Break, or any other time... young adults need to know that For Cruise Travel, Age Matters.

Are you in the mood for love? Cruise Diva shares her picks for the Most Romantic Ships.

Get hints to enhance Romance at Sea and enjoy Princess Cruises' sumptuous Ultimate Balcony Dinner.

"The world's best islands are the ones that float and move.
They're called cruise ships." ~ The Cruise Diva

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