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Onboard Family Cruise Programs and family-friendly fun. From super pools, carousels, playrooms, supervised activities, waterslides, zip lines, water parks, golf, tennis to bowling alleys, rock climbing walls and basketball courts, find it all below. Who Offers The Best Family Cruises? Is it Carnival, Princess, NCL, Disney or Royal Caribbean? Find out who offers the best family cruise vacations. ... at the best cruise deal prices. Right here. Right now. Cruises For Toddlers, Teens and All Ages In Between.

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Contents & Highlights

12 Family Cruise News.

24 Feature Articles.

18 Cruise Reviews.

43 Family Cruise Tips.

58 Top 20 Lines & Ships. 

52 Cruise Secrets Revealed.

64 Destinations & Ports

72 Cruise Ship Ratings

23 Official Family Cruise  Guide.

 

"The Internet isn't just about cruise  deals. It also is about getting travel advice, not just from experts but from fellow travelers" 

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Top 5 Reasons To Cruise With The Family?

 

Fun For Everyone: On the ship or in port, everybody finds something to do that they enjoy.

 

Hassle-Free: Unpack once and you're done, no flying from port to port.

 

Great Value: Compared to resort hotels and land-based tours, the price is right!

 

Family Time Together:  Quality time together throughout the day with activities that can be shared and suitable for the whole family.

 

A Safe Place: Kids have the freedom to roam and explore the ship. Mom and Dad can even keep tabs on the kids with personal communication devices.

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Beyond the Playground 

Back then all you had to do was take the kids to the park around the corner and they would entertain themselves on the swings, jungle gym or round-about. Perhaps, get a bit dirty in the sand box. No more.

What's a family to do?

Why take the family on a cruise...naturally.

Here you will find the Ultimate Family Cruise Guide, children's programs at sea, tips for cruising with kids, teenagers, grandchildren, toddlers and details on family cruise discounts. 

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Today, cruise lines have made it easy - and affordable - for families to vacation at sea. There are itineraries geared to any family's schedule, from short cruises of three to five days (perfect for weekend getaways) to week-long and longer voyages.

Family Fun with NCL

 

Cruises For Toddlers, Teens

and All Ages In Between

Generally speaking, activities are designed with specific age groups in mind, and are fun and educational. Don't be surprised to see kids engrossed in a variety of cool pursuits, from learning to play the ukulele and dance the hula to getting the basics of computer programming. It's all part of the fun, like the puppet workshops, talent shows, scavenger hunts, stargazing and pool games, and the poolside "coketail," pizza and ice cream parties. These reduced fares, plus the fact that all food, transportation and activities are included in the cost of a cruise, makes a cruise one of the best vacation values for budget-conscious families

 

Featuring the Family Cruise Insider's List® 

In The News: Cruises From Florida Offer Family Fun At Affordable Prices.

" With so many options, which is best for your family? To help you decide,

we've evaluated sailings from Florida this summer and come up with our own recommendations for each age group, based on facilities, itineraries and programs onboard and on shore".

Read more about it.

"Don’t be afraid to get the whole family involved when brainstorming reunion ideas. Cruise Direct Online suggests allowing everyone the opportunity to submit ideas for activities, venues and dining options. And wherever you decide to go, the most important thing to remember is to relax, have fun, and of course, break out the camera. No reunion is complete without some awkward family photos- Royal Caribbean International/Press Center". Read: Top Three Tips for Planning a Family Reunion. How to get everyone together without running into roadblocks.

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Best Cruises For Families

Family Cruising Chart

 

Where To Find The Best Family Cruise Deals?

Cruise deals are being offered on nearly all ships -- a trend likely to last at least throughout 2010 and perhaps into 2011. You can find cruise fares of 60 percent off, free airfare or onboard credits. Cruise deals for as little as $50 per person per day. Check the Cruise Line Family Programs listings below.

Cruise for Free or at a reduced rate as low as $99! Disney Cruises. An unforgettable fun experience on Disney Cruise Line with so much to offer at a  price that's so right!
Cruising with Holland America Line is a family value you won't find anywhere else, whether you choose to spend.

Family Cruise Tip: Before you book, find an experienced family-oriented cruise travel agent who's actually been there....done that with their own family. Professional agents often can find discounts that aren't available online. Make sure it is someone who has your interests in mind, not theirs.

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Featured Article

Kids guide to cruises: Where you can find your favorite characters at sea

"Several cruise lines offer pop culture characters to entertain children including Mickey, Minnie and others aboard Disney Cruise Line, Dreamworks characters like those from 'Shrek' and 'Madagascar' aboard Royal Caribbean and Nickelodeon characters like Spongebob Squarepants aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. Several cruise lines offer pop culture characters to entertain children including Mickey, Minnie and others aboard Disney Cruise Line,

Dreamworks characters like those from 'Shrek' and 'Madagascar' aboard Royal Caribbean and Nickelodeon characters like Spongebob Squarepants aboard Norwegian Cruise Line. (Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line)"

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Choose a family cruise—and save! Find the cruises that cater to families most. Get low rates and exciting extras like onboard credit on Caribbean cruises, Alaska cruises, Europe Cruises and more. Search for a Cruise, compare Cruises, find Cruise Deals. Check out the cruise deals and be taken to pages just bursting with prices for hundreds of great cruise deals. Check on your favorite cruise ship, plus links to pictures, deck plans and cruise reviews. Instant pricing, category and cabin availability.  

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Ultimate Family Cruising Guide. Everything you need to know before book and go.

So, let's get started. You have a family cruise vacation to plan.

 

Do you want to take your family river-tubing in Ocho Rios? Glacier-hiking in Juneau?

Or gallery-hopping in Provence? We can help you figure it out.

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Whether this is your first cruise or you are a seasoned cruise traveler,  Family Cruise Online is all about Family Cruises.  And our guests know " Family Cruises are not just about getting away. They're about getting together". Traveling with your family is good for the soul and spirit. If you are ready for your next family cruise travel experience, we are here to help make it happen. Go ahead, click around, go explore...let the pages of Family Cruise Online inspire you to cruise as we answer the who, what, where, when and how about family cruising.

 

"Twenty years from now, you will be most disappointed by the things you did not do, then by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"

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About Your Hosts

Cruise Travel Advisors, Authors and Publishers Raye & Marty Trencher are a husband and wife team with more than 30 years experience cruising the world sailing thousands of nautical miles, visiting ports of call, inspecting ships, sampling itineraries and critiquing shore excursions In addition to Family Cruise Online, they are the Editors and Publishers of Cruise Traveler Magazine and Cruise Reviews Online. Their mission is plain and simple.  Provide tips and resources to help first-time cruisers and seasoned travelers navigate the web in search of the best cruise deals, objective cruise reviews and cruise destination information.

 

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Book a cruise leaving from one of 24 US cruise departure ports, so you don't have to go far to feel a million miles away. There are cheap cruise deals on the most popular home port cruises. It’s only a short distance between you and the perfect cruise. So skip the flight and indulge your family in fun!

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Exclusive Family Cruise Savings for Your State or Region.

 

Looking for new ways for your family to cruise for less? Here's a cruise tip that even experienced cruisers may not know. Start your search for a low-cost cruise by researching resident rates. Click on this link: Exclusive Resident Specials! Enjoy Reduced Rates on Select Sailings Where you live could entitle you to exclusive savings. Once the page opens, just click on your home state or region to unlock special fares. Plus, while you're shopping, look for resident rate reminders under the price listings

Family Reunions

What better way to gather loved ones than at a family reunion?

 

Whether your family is large or small, consider getting help from the start by calling in the experts. Planning a family reunion can become complicated, especially a large reunion involving lots of people. Experienced reunion planners recommend that families begin planning up to two years in advance.

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Tips On Taking Great Pictures On A Cruise

Cruise Ship Reviews, Cruise Line Reviews, Cruise Ship Ratings

Cruises: NEW Passport Requirements

Questions to Ask When Planning a Family Cruise With Your Children

Top Ten Most Popular Lines For Family Cruises

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World's Largest Cruise Ships        

The Title of "World's Largest Cruise Ships" goes to Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. And, as of December 1, 2010, Allure of the Seas is the first to welcome the DreamWorks Experience onboard an already stunning collection of experiences for the whole family. Allure of the Seas will be the exclusive ship in their fleet with the How to Train Your Dragon Ice Show and Madagascar Aqua Show. 

 

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Many cruise lines feature special children's clubs, tours and amenities, as well as free

 or reduced fares for children sharing a cabin with adults.                        

Bored Kids? Not On This 3 Day Voyage

Carnival Fun For The Whole Family

A Colorful Cruise Experience For Kids

Seafaring Families

Top Cruise Ships For A Teen

Family Cruise Specials - Caribbean

The Best Cruise For Tots

Fisher-Price® Aqua Babies & Aqua Tots

Teens & Cruising Equals FUN

Taking An Infant On A Cruise

Go With Your Grandkids On A Cruise

Tale Of Two Cruises -

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Top Headlines

The Buzz on

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Kids Sail Free on

Select Cruises

You can explore paradise on either an Eastern or Western Caribbean itinerary. But, you'll want to hurry. The number of staterooms allocated for this offer is limited, so get onboard today!

Do Children Cruise For Free?

On some cruise ships - Yes. Kids under 12 cruise at a substantially reduced fare or FREE and certain itineraries offer specials on 3rd and 4th guests in the same stateroom. Infants under six months of age are not eligible for travel on most ships.

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Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruises are now available to book online.

AquaDuck is a thrilling water coaster: guests are propelled at high speeds through an acrylic tube on a breathtaking journey up, down, around and off the side of the ship, through the Forward Funnel and—following a mammoth drop—into a lazy river.

The Disney Dream™ is the majestic third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Boasting 14 towering decks, a ship length of 1,115 feet and a maximum width of 125 feet, the 128,000-ton vessel includes 1,250 staterooms and has the capacity to comfortably accommodate 4,000 passengers—along with the over 1,458 Crew Members who tend to the needs of every cruise Guest each and every day.

Cruise Tip: Take the time to read the Family Cruise articles. The writer's comments can save you from booking a cabin over the disco, or tell you which ship really has the best family experiences. Tip: Look for articles for first time cruisers, tips for young families, teenagers or grandparents with their grandkids, and before-you-sail advice."

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Princess Cruises

Comprehensive Love Boat Kids program makes child's play of family travel. Junior cruisers ages 3 to 17 can enjoy a boatload of exciting onboard activities. Our dedicated youth centers are staffed by trained counselors, who are ready to ensure our young sailors stay happy all day long.

On all Vessels except Ocean and Pacific Princess you'll find completely equipped Youth & Teen Centers. There's everything from arts and crafts corners, games tables, movies, and splash pool area.

Princess Teen Centers are packed with Playstation® 2, the latest movies & music, Karaoke, giant screen TVs, card games, board games, ping pong tables and juke boxes.
 

 

Royal Caribbean

Combines learning and fun on cruises with "Edutainment" (educational entertainment) through its "Adventure Ocean Youth Program." award-winning Adventure Ocean® youth program, children love their Royal Caribbean cruise vacation as much as their parents. Our college educated Youth Staff have developed age-appropriate curriculums to engage and entertain kids of all ages, along with partners such as Crayola® and Fisher-Price®. Royal Babies and Royal Tots, ages 0-3, will enjoy activities designed to foster parent/child bonding and development. Aquanauts, 3-5, will have fun becoming certified Jr. Adventure Scientists, while Explorers, 6-8, celebrate in themed parties just for them. Voyagers, 9-11, enjoy the tween-scene and older kids are free to be themselves in Teen Only venues like Fuel Night Club and the Living Room. They'll love it so much the only thing you might wish for is a little more time with your kids. Watch The Video

NEW:  And, as of December 1, 2010, Allure of the Seas is the first to welcome the DreamWorks Experience onboard an already stunning collection of experiences for the whole family. Allure of the Seas will be the exclusive ship in their fleet with the How to Train Your Dragon Ice Show and Madagascar Aqua Show. 

 

Celebrity Cruises

There's so much for your children and Teens to do in the Celebrity Youth & Teen Programs which feature Fun Factory for ages 3-11 and Teen Entertainment for ages 12-17. Each program keeps them engaged and having a great time in an environment designed just for them. A Welcome Aboard Information package and Open House Orientation will fill you in on all the details of the Fun Factory and Teen Entertainment programs. They can explore all the possibilities and you can get answers to any questions you may have. You can also go ahead and get them registered for the activities that excite them.

...And Teen's Crew

Norwegian Cruise Line

NEW: Nickelodeon at Sea, exclusively on Norwegian Cruise Line We have teamed up with the #1 entertainment brand for kids to take family cruising to a whole new level. Introducing Nickelodeon™ at Sea, exclusively on Norwegian Cruise Line, a one-of-a-kind family program that starts sailing year-round on Norwegian Jewel and on Norwegian Epic in July 2010. It's the ideal vacation where parents relax, kids play and families connect.

Have the Slime of Your Life on Two Exclusive Nickelodeon All Access Cruises:  Norwegian Cruise Line and Nickelodeon are offering the ultimate family cruise vacation.

Carnival Cruise Line

At Carnival, fun is a family affair. They don't just allow kids. They love kids. Every "Fun Ship®" has a terrific supervised program just for children. They call it Camp Carnival where your kids will have the time of their lives. Camp Carnival:  where kids ages 2-11 have their own space, games, paints, crayons, pool area and everything else that young cruisers love. We make sure they have so much fun, they don't even notice they're being supervised. They think our counselors are just big kids. And another plus, from 10 p.m. - 3 a.m. every night we offer great babysitting services!

Holland America

Holland America ships, we provide a wide variety of exciting youth- and teen- friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17. With supervised fun for our younger guests, the entire family can have the cruise vacation of their dreams.Features the lovable mascot HAL the dolphin as caption of "Club HAL," a special club for kids, "tweens" and teens.

NEW: HAL Kids Culinary Workshops now offer children a unique and fun learning experience. Kids will learn basic cooking techniques, kitchen safety, new ingredients and how to follow recipe instructions. Aside from the fun involved, cooking encourages kids to think about numbers and measuring, cleanliness, safety and time management. All the workshops are hands-on where questions are encouraged and having fun is a must!

Disney Cruise Line

Few names coincide with "kids", "family" and "fun" the way "Disney" does. They offers activities for your toddlers, teens and ages in between.

Aloft lounge on the Disney Wonder is a teens-exclusive activity center located on Deck 11, Midship in the non-functioning smoke stack. Open 24 hours a day during your cruise, Aloft is the perfect place for teens ages 13 to 17 to make new friends, watch television, play videogames, surf the Internet and enjoy a variety of activities.

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This week featuring: Family Cruising

by Rickee Richardson, Senior Editor - Cruise Reports 

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"Book Alaska cruises early,ships are crowded"

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Cruising has become a true family vacation. All age groups are welcome and planned for on a cruise ship. You will be able to find a cruise that will give any age group from toddler to great grandmother a memorable vacation. Cruise lines have invested millions in recreational facilities and staff to keep kids of all ages occupied and entertained during the cruise.

As you would expect, Disney Cruise Line has done an excellent job of catering to families. However, you may be surprised to learn that many cruise lines have excellent programs for kids of all ages. Children are usually divided into groups according to age and take part in age-appropriate activities such as arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, ice cream parties, disco parties, movies and cartoons, kids-only dinners, talent shows, video games and lots more. Some cruise lines offer babysitting services during evening hours for a nominal charge.

Below are some cruise lines that, in our opinion, offer superior programs for kids:

Carnival Cruise Line - Camp Carnival provides specially trained youth counselors and age-specific activities for Toddlers (ages 2-5), Juniors (ages 6-8), Intermediates (ages 9-11) and Teens (ages 12-14) and older Teens (ages 15-17). They also offer a teen shore excursion program and, for a fee, evening babysitting.

Royal Caribbean - From Royal Caribbean classics like the rock wall to the Adventure Ocean (ages 3-17) and Fisher-Price kids' programs (6-to 36-months-old), there's always something fun to do. And, when the ship is in port, the Explorations! shore excursions turn every destination into a family-friendly adventure. Every member of the Adventure Ocean staff holds a college degree in education, recreation, or other related field, or has qualified-equivalent experience working with children ages 3-17. All are certified in CPR. Babysitting is available either in group settings or in your stateroom.

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Costa - An Italian Style vacation is big fun for the little ones onboard a Costa ship! With lots of activities and games to choose from, kids can have fun playing with children their own age. And mom and dad can rest easy, knowing their children are under the careful supervision of the ship’s dedicated youth entertainment staff. The Costa Kid’s program is included in the price of your cruise vacation, so all activities are free. Children are divided into groups according to age: Mini Club (ages 3-6), Maxi Club (ages 7-11), Costa Teens Club (ages 12-14) and Teen (ages 15-17). Group babysitting is available at no charge.

Disney Cruise Line - Disney's Oceaneer Club (ages 3-7) has its own play area shaped like Captain Hook's ship, its own pool and Disney character experiences. Big Kids (ages 8-12) have both structured activities and free-form playtime. They can explore their world and beyond in the Oceaneer Club lab and interactive play space. Teens (ages 13-17) find the freedom to be themselves hanging out in the perfect place for "private time," and exhilarating excursions with their own age group. Teens even have a space where they can enjoy music, movies, video games and other teen-only activities late into the night. Kids 12 weeks to 36 months have a place at Flounder's Reef nursery and group babysitting area. All groups are under the watchful eyes of trained counselors.

Holland America Line - Club HAL® provdes a wide variety of exciting youth- and teen- friendly activities and facilities for guests ages 3 to 17. All Club HAL® activities are supervised by permanent, full-time Club HAL® Youth Program Directors and staff, and are designed to be kid friendly and age appropriate. Club HAL® Youth Program Directors hold degrees in education, childhood development, recreation, leisure studies or related fields. There is Club HAL®  or kids (ages 3-7), Club HAL® Tweens (ages 8-12), and teens ages 13-17 will enjoy The Loft and The Oasis. Babysitting is available for a small fee.

NCL - Kid's Crew (ages 2-12) and Teen's Crew (ages 13-17) programs are custom designed for toddlers, teens and everyone in between. These programs are active, energetic, educational and, most importantly, fun.  All kids will be under the constant supervision of carefully chosen staff of youth counselors from leading universities and organizations. Each team counselor attends a special training course on safety, communication skills and confidence-building. NCL does not offer individual baby sitting.

Princess Cruises - Junior cruisers ages 3 to 17 can enjoy a boatload of exciting onboard activities. The dedicated youth centers are staffed by trained counselors, who are ready to ensure young sailors stay happy all day long. There are Fun Zone activities for junior cruisers ages 3 to 12 and a Teen Center (Remix) for teenage guests. Kid Sitting is available for ages 3-12 at a fee of $5.00 per hour per child, except on Royal, Tahitian, and Pacific Princess.

Celebrity - There's so much for children to do in the Celebrity X-Club that keeps them engaged and having a great time in an environment designed just for them. From teen-oriented explorations and entertainment to special opportunities for toddlers and their parents to interact with each other, the X-Club is designed to make sure the children enjoy their Celebrity experience as much as the parents do. Children are divided into groups according to age: Toddler Time (under 3 years old), Ship Mates (ages 3-6), Celebrity Cadets (ages 7-9), Ensigns (ages 10-12) and Admiral T's (ages 13-17)

When traveling with children, you may want to consider a larger cruise ship as opposed to a smaller ship. The larger the ship the more likely there will be other children on board within the same age group(s) as your child(ren). Larger ships (70,000 tons and larger) are more likely to have video arcades and extensive kids facilities. Most cruise lines also have family-friendly staterooms with extra beds or adjoining staterooms. If you want a stateroom that will sleep more than two people, book early as these cabins go fast.

All in all, a cruise vacation is a good value and gives families a chance to spend time together and create memories while exploring exciting new places.

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Disney Cruise Line® - The Ultimate in Family Fun

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Royal Caribbean® - Dreamworks Characters®

List of all Royal Caribbean cruise ships with their ports of call, departure dates, cruise critic ship rating, and pricing.

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List of all Carnival cruise ships with their ports of call, departure dates, cruise critic ship rating, and pricing.

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List of all Holland America cruise ships with their ports of call, departure dates, cruise critic ship rating, and pricing.

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  If you want to get the real-deal reviews for comparing cruise lines, don't go to the cruise website. They're going to feature only positive reviews and that isn't what you're looking for. Instead, try websites that allow consumers to post real-life reviews of different cruise lines. cruisereport.com is a good example of this type of site as are cruisecritic.com and cruisereviewsonline.com.  This will give you an idea of what actual patrons think about different ships and will give you an idea of what to look for -- and what to avoid

 

 

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Top Ten Family Cruises

1. Disney Cruise Line: Magic All Around
2. Royal Caribbean’s Adventure Ocean

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3. Carnival’s Caribbean
4. Brilliance of the Seas: Mediterranean

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6. San Diego to Mexico
7. Holland America Line’s Caribbean
8. Norwegian Dawn: Big Apple to Bermuda
9. Costa’s Caribbean
10. America’s Paradise: NCL’s Hawaii

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Canada and New England

With the quaint Colonial charm of New England towns and the spectacular Canadian coastline, history is everywhere you look. Discover the very fabric of the cities and towns that are woven with history and experience French Canada's unique flavor and culture.

South America

With imagery that can only be described as otherworldly, sail Cape Horn's magnificent coastline, explore the misty ruins of Machu Picchu, discover the energetic vibe of Rio de Janeiro and much more.

Panama Canal

From the Panama Canal's opening day to present, nearly a million ships have passed through the mighty locks. Encompassing tragedy and triumph, Spanish kings, conquistadors and five different American presidents, the building of this massive project spanned 400 years.

Mexican Riviera

There is so much to do and see on the Mexican Riviera. Swim, fish, shop or soak up the local culture. Savor the bold and fresh cuisine of the region. And pick up some new steps, dancing to a salsa beat.

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Azamara Cruises

877-999-9553

www.azamaracruises.com

Carnival Cruise Line

800-227-6482

www.carnival.com

Celebrity Cruises

800-437-3111

www.celebritycruises.com

Costa Cruises

800-462-6782

www.costacruises.com

Cruise West

888-851-8133

www.cruisewest.com

Crystal Cruises

888-722-0021

www.crystalcruises.com

Cunard Line

800-528-6273

www.cunardline.com

Disney Cruise Line

800-511-1333

www.disneycruise.com

Holland America Line

877-724-5425

www.hollandamerica.com

MSC Cruises

800-666-9333

www.msccruises.com

Norwegian Cruise Line

800-327-7030

www.ncl.com

Oceania Cruises

800-531-5619

www.oceaniacruises.com

Paul Gauguin Cruises

800-848-6172

www.pgcruises.com

Princess Cruises

800-774-6237

www.princess.com

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

877-505-5370

www.rssc.com

Royal Caribbean International

800-327-6700

www.royalcaribbean.com

Seabourn Cruise Line

800-929-9391

www.seabourn.com

SeaDream Yacht Club

800-707-4911

www.seadreamyachtclub.com

Silversea Cruises

800-722-9955

www.silversea.com

Star Clippers

800-442-0551

www.starclippers.com

Windstar Cruises

800-258-7245

www.windstarcruises.com

River Cruises

   

AVALON Waterways

877-797-8791

www.avalonwaterways.com

AMA Waterways

800-626-0126

www.amawaterways.com

Uniworld River Cruises

800-733-7820

www.uniworld.com

Victoria Cruises

800-348-8084

www.victoriacruises.com

Viking River Cruises

877-668-4546

www.vikingrivercruises.com

 

 


48 Family Cruise Secrets Revealed

 

Did You Know?

 

Most cruise lines do not allow travel agents to advertise prices lower than the cruise lines offer to those who book directly with the cruise line. However, some do allow travel agencies to discount by rebating part of the commissions, when dealing directly with a potential customer. If you are shopping the Internet for cruise prices, you're most likely going to find many travel sites quoting the same price. But, the price you're seeing on a travel agent's web site is not necessarily the best price that travel agency is able to offer you. To find out a travel agency's best price on a particular cruise, you should call them, or  e-mail them a request for a price quote. Most travel agencies have toll-free phone numbers. Don't hesitate to call or email them-- you could save a lot!

 

Form a Group. Save BIG!

Did you know the most overlooked way to stretch your dollar is to form your own cruise group. Traveling with family or friends, or both, can lower costs enough so you can travel even when the economies not that good. Of course, most of us don't have the time - or inclination - to make the calls and do the research for an entire group. It's a big job. On the other hand, booking a group cruise is easy for a professional travel agent. Your agent can create a package that works for you, while your group will realize across-the-board savings  from group discounts that your agent discovers. Find Out More

 

When times are good or not....

travel agents are your secret weapon!

When it comes to ferreting out bargains for your next cruise, whether to Alaska, the Caribbean, Canada, Europe or Mexico, or wherever, did you know your travel agent can do side-by-side cost and stateroom comparisons of over a dozen cruise lines at one time.

First Time Family Cruiser Tips: What you need to know before you book your cruise.

 

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