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"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"

                                 -Mark Twain

Cruise Line International Association

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ABOUT the CLIA

Featured are profiles of member cruise lines, answers to the most-often asked questions on cruising, a locator for names of CLIA-member travel agencies and travel agent associates, news releases on the latest news in the cruise industry, links to CLIA member lines and a destination guide showcasing hundreds of worldwide ports of call.

Many travel agencies are proud to have CLIA Certified Cruise Counselors on staff. Earning the designation of an Accredited Cruise Counselor, Master Cruise Counselor, or Elite Cruise Counselor these travel agents have completed a rigorous curriculum of cruise sales training and have personally sailed, or inspected, a wide variety of cruise ships. By working with a CLIA Certified Cruise Counselor, you can be confident that many of the cruise vacations they recommend are based on personal experience.

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ASK THE EXPERTS

The Editor's of Cruise Traveler Magazine present Your Ultimate Cruise Guide - Know Before You Go. Tried-and-true Tips on how to have a successful cruise vacation. Get the latest cruise news, cruise reviews, and feature cruise articles. Be sure to read their Ultimate Packing List. A must read, before you plan your next cruise. Add your own article....share the experience.

Raye & Marty Trencher

Cruise Traveler    Magazine

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Long before it was named one of the best cruise-related web sites to visit, Cruise Reviews Online was already helping thousands sort through the myriad of information, posted reviews, and professional travel writer contributions.  

For years they have pointed out what to take in and what to avoid while cruising. Now, with an all-improved site, including lots of cool social-tools, this could be a fantastic time to visit them, as Cruise Reviews Online is awash with not only great advice from fellow cruisers, but new links to affordable cruise vacation deals.

From movies and books to restaurants and travel destinations, in today’s world, we all want to know what someone else thinks or has experienced before we try or buy. The same holds true for cruise vacations. Potential passengers want to know how cruise lines rated among seasoned travelers, how cruise lines rated among professionals in the industry, and how cruise lines rated in the media. So
how can consumers get a hold of cruise line ratings or find out how cruise lines
rated in specific categories? Look no further than the web.

There are several informative websites available today offering everything from ratings and reviews to feature articles, on just about every cruise line across the country, if not the world. Using these websites to find out how cruise lines rated is a great tool to use before you choose a cruise line or cruise ship.
This is an especially important tool for first time cruisers, as ratings can give you an excellent idea of exactly what to expect before you board.

When cruise lines are rated, a wide variety of elements are considered such as the type of ship, size of ship, destinations, accommodations, amenities, activities, entertainment, price, service, excursions, ports of call, passengers, etc. In most cases the rating system is on a scale of 1 to 100, with
100 meaning “Outstanding.” In other cases, stars are used to rate cruise ships. Five star cruise ships offer the utmost in luxury.
Some of the top sites to find out how cruise lines rated include:
cruisecritic.com, cruisereviewsonline.com, cruisereport.com, cruisedirectonline.com, and cruisemates.com.

Cruisecritic.com offers more than just ratings and reviews, this site has several search functions to help you find everything from bargains and discounts to theme cruises, and exotic itineraries. The site also includes features, news, planning tools, and a variety of cruise message boards where fellow cruisers can exchange stories and information.

Cruisemates.com offers two types of ratings: star ratings and value ratings. Star ratings are based on one question — “how good is this ship?” One star is the worst, five stars is the best. Cruisemates.com takes everything from age and accommodations to food, service, and entertainment into account when rating the
worlds cruise ships. Value ratings or “thumbs up” ratings are all about the  “Bang for your Buck.” Five thumbs up means the ship is an excellent value while one thumb up means you won’t find much of anything that resembles a value here.

Ratings, rankings, and popularity contests — at Cruisereviewsonline.com find out which cruise ships are at the top and which ones are not. Get other information  on cruise lines, as well as information, ratings and rankings on embarkation ports, and ports of call.

Cruisereport.com offers the lowdown on cruise lines from A to Z. Unbiased reviews, cruise searches, quotes, and feature articles are just a few of the sites extras. You can also search for “the perfect cruise,” and browse through
news pieces about cruising. After checking out their ratings and reviews, you  can also search for discounts and deals. With more than 50,000 visitors per  month, Cruisereport.com has information on roughly 8,500 current sailings.

Cruisedirectonline.com relies on reader surveys to help keep ratings in check.  In addition to offering information on how various cruise lines rated in all  categories, visitors to the site will find top ten and top thirty lists, as well
as feature articles about the best of the best in the world of cruising. The  site has other information about discounts, as well as information on roughly  12,000 sailings. Cruise Direct Online has been featured in Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine, and on MSNBC, CNBC, MSN Money, and more!
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All About Cruising- Ask The Experts Guide
 

Cruise Direct Online Provides Tips and Resources to Help First-Time Cruisers Navigate The Web In Search Of Cruise Deals And Destinations.

Are you looking for cruise tips, advice, destination information and where to find the best cruise deals. We've  created a 16 page online guide for first-time cruisers to research cruise destinations and find some of the best cruise deals on the web without having to navigate through hundred's of web sites to find what they want. The Guide takes you to a choice of 16 of the world's most desirable destinations, provides background information on each locale, detailed city guides to get around, and what cruise lines go there.

Just pick your dream destination, find out more about it and you are ready to set sail! Ask cruise experts Raye & Marty Trencher answer questions about cruising, such as "Where can I Go?, What's It Like? Who's It For? or comment about the articles, content, and features found in the guide. In addition, there are handy links to travel-provider web sites to help you find the perfect cruise and the best deals. So, if you are cruising for the first time, and need added guidance to safely navigate the web for travel information, you've come to the right place.

 Ask The Experts About Cruises...


Where Can I Go?

Cruise ships visits nearly 300 ports of call, in some of the world's most breathtaking locations. From the rugged beauty of Alaska and Canada/New England to the charm of Europe. There's the lush landscapes of Mexico, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Also, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South America give you even more amazing exotic spots to choose from. Just pick your dream destination, find out more about Royal Caribbean International and get ready to set sail! Also, don't forget to check out the Cruise Calendar to see all of the incredible destinations you can visit, ships you can sail on, and sailing dates.

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Island hop with ease on your Caribbean Cruise. Find all Caribbean Cruise Deals. Just click and go!
The enchanting islands of the Caribbean offer every opportunity to slow down your days or spice them up completely. What you do with your vacation is up to you — because a Caribbean cruise vacation is one of the few places on earth where completely unwinding and living it up play so well together.

With each stop in the sun-soaked islands, you'll quickly surrender your senses to laid — back rhythms. You can unwind on a pristine beach, savor a fresh fruit smoothie at a waterside café, or spend an afternoon in the embrace of a handmade hammock in the shade of palm trees.
Celebrity Cruises  Holland America Line  Norwegian Cruise Line  Princess Cruises Royal Caribbean International

Island Hop with ease on your Caribbean Cruise - Find Caribbean Cruises  Find Daily Cruise Deal Offers

Cruise Europe to best discover its many treasures. Find European Cruise Deals. Just click and go!
It's the region of 'mosts.' The most romantic cities. The most fashion forward. The most delicious foods. And the most sought after cruise destinations—Norway to Mykonos, France to Africa—delivered in a way that makes the most of your European vacation time.

Arriving for your Europe cruise, you’ll explore lands rich in romantic languages, classic architecture, food, art and music for one or multiple days at a time. You can hop from port-to-port, or take a Cruisetour, which allows you to have more land time to explore. So you can spend time enjoying centuries-old treasures on land and return to luxurious accommodations onboard to restore the new you.

Celebrity Cruises  Crystal Cruises Holland America Line  Norwegian Cruise Line Royal Caribbean  Silversea Cruises

.. How To Plan a European Cruise Vacation

Cruise Europe to best discover its many treasures - Find Europe Cruises   Find Daily Cruise Deal Offers

There are many ways to explore Alaska. Find Alaska Cruise Deals. Just click and go!
Awaken your love of the great outdoors when you experience the boundless splendor of Alaska’s wilderness on board a cruise ship. Alaska: Mother Nature’s pièce de résistance. It is, quite simply, the world in its purest form.

Imagine vast glacial fields juxtaposed against immense evergreen forests, infinite fields of wildflowers, and heady rushing waterfalls. Nowhere on earth is as diverse as The Last Frontier as seen in the summertime. (Oh, and don’t forget to pack your sun block. Summer temperatures in Alaska are mild and the days last well into the night.)

Celebrity Cruises  Holland America Line  Princess Cruises Royal Caribbean International Silversea Cruises
There are many ways to explore Alaska - Find Alaska Cruises   Find Daily Cruise Deal Offers

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Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®", with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, and Bermuda.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU CRUISE

 Ask The Experts provide information, advice, cruise reviews and cruise tips from Raye & Marty Trencher, professional travel writers, and the Cruise Lines International Association.

 

All About Cruising Africa -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Africa with information, advice, cruise reviews and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Alaska -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Alaska with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Antarctica -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Antarctica with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Australia and New Zealand -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Australia and New Zealand with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Bahamas -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to the Bahamas with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Bermuda -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Bermuda with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Canada, New England, And The US Coast -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise Canada, New England, And The US Coast with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Central America And The Panama Canal -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise Central America And The Panama Canal with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Cruising Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti, And The South Pacific -

What you need to know BEFORE you cruise to Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti, And The South Pacific with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About European River Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a European River Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Mexico Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Mexico Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Northern Europe, Scandinavia Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Northern Europe, Scandinavia, And Baltic Russia Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About South America Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a South America Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Southern Europe and The Mediterranean Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Southern Europe and The Mediterranean Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About The Far East and the Orient Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Far East and the Orient Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

 All About Transatlantic Cruises -

What you need to know BEFORE you take a Transatlantic Cruise with information, advice and cruise tips

Azamara Club Cruises -

Everything You Need To Know About Azamara Cruise Line - How To Book Your Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico or Alaska Cruise Vacation on a Azamara Ship and Save Money

Carnival Cruises -

Everything You Need To Know About Carnival Cruise Line - How To Book Your Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico or Alaska Cruise Vacation on a Carnival Ship and Save Money

Disney Cruise Line -

Everything You Need To Know About Disney Cruise Line - How To Book Your Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico or Alaska Cruise Vacation on a Disney Ship and Save Money

Royal Caribbean International Cruises -

Everything You Need To Know About Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - How To Book Your Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe, Asia, South America, Mexico or Alaska Cruise Vacation on a Royal Caribbean Ship and Save Money

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: All promotions/pricing and cabin space is subject to availability at the time of booking and the prices shown or quoted at this web site are for reference purposes only. The rates may or may not be available at the time you are ready to book your cruise or cruise tour as prices fluctuate daily at the sole discretion of the cruise line. These rates are for new, individual bookings only, lowest inside cabins for the very first sailing or departure of the season unless otherwise specified. Rates go up every week as the cruise season progresses. May and September are priced less than June, July or August. Very last minute bookings ( within 4-6 weeks of sailing for September), we've seen priced as low as $499 per person, double occupancy plus taxes for a 7 day cruise only or $799 per person, double occupancy plus taxes for a 10 day cruise tour. The actual price of your cruise may vary depending upon your departure date, choice of accommodations and available cabin inventory at the actual time of booking. Prices quoted and availability are NOT GUARANTEED until confirmed by the cruise line AND a deposit or full payment if required is made. Discounted savings off cruise fare only. Port charges (NCF), taxes, airfare, air taxes, transfers and any other costs associated with your cruise are not discounted. Discount limited to select cruises including holiday sailings. Not every ship, not every sailing is discounted. Call us to find out about your cruise selection. Travel Direct Corporation is not responsible for last minute changes of price or itinerary by cruise line, or any errors or omissions in the content of this web site. Some restrictions and cancellation penalties may apply. The prices listed any where on this web site are representative of prices published by various cruise lines. Prices listed does not constitute a contract of services, implied or written. Prices are provided as a comparison tool only. Prices listed are per person, based on double occupancy and do include port taxes. Prices do not include government taxes, fuel surcharges, gratuities, airfare, ground transfers to and from the ship/hotel or anything else unless otherwise noted. All prices and fees are subject to cruise line policies and are subject to availability at the actual time of booking, are capacity-controlled, and are subject to change without notice. Special amenities, prices, offers, and upgrades are based on select dates, ships, sailings, stateroom categories, and select fare codes. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates, and other restrictions may apply. All prices and dates may not be available at the actual time you decide to book your cruise or cruisetour. Current up-to-date prices and availability are available by phone or e-mail request for a price quote. Have a question? Need more information? Want to make a reservation? Call us at 800.365.1445

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