Voyaging on large passenger ships mainly for pleasure rather than for reaching a destination, typically stopping at a variety of interesting ports.

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Procedures for boarding a cruise at Miami?

In a few weeks, I will be departing off Miami for a cruise. It it my first time on such an adventure. From downtown Miami, how to reach the pier where cruise liners usually pick up passengers? Is ...
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What is the protocol for taking a last minute cruise?

If you have the flexibility to take a last minute cruise, what's the best way to find and take advantage of any deals that might occur at the last minute? How can you find such a thing? How many ...
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Independent excursions on Panama Canal cruise

I'll be taking a Panama Canal cruise with family with stops at: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Huatulco, Mexico Puerto Chiapas, Mexico Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Fuerte Amador, Panama Cartagena, Colombia ...
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Can a pregnant woman travel on a cruise ship without restriction?

Are there any laws or regulations that forbid pregnant women from participating on a cruise? Or does this vary from organization to organization. If so, are there any common rules?
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Getting work on a cruise ship in order to travel

Yes, I'm perfectly aware that a Google search has lots of sites that offer stories about getting work on a cruise ship. However, a lot of these are trying to sell you books or videos on how to do ...
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Caribbean cruise for the backpacker?

I just read this answer on Caribbean cruises, which points out the importance of choosing a cruise line that fits your "style of travel". The answer, however, didn't give clues as to which lines cater ...
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Planning a cruise

I'm planning a cruise. What are some resources that would be helpful to review? I'm not looking for discount cruise websites, more resources about which destinations offer unique land / adventure ...
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Where can I find a cruise (and information about it) to the Bahamas or to the Caribbean?

My wife and I are going to be on the May 17 in New York city and we would like to take a cruise to the Bahamas or to the Caribbean, If you can recommend for a good site to search for a fair price and ...
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Cruising from NYC to Cancun

This june I'm planning to travel from NYC to Cancun, not a big deal, I guess, but I just wonder - is there any way to travel this very route by boat?
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In which places is a cruise a viable travel option for independent travelers?

Most independent travelers are down on cruises, placing them somewhere between package tours and a Turkish prison on the list of ways they would spend their vacation. "Treated like cattle", "only see ...
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How does tipping work on a cruise?

I've heard that one of the extra costs associated with cruises is tipping. How does it work? I'm used to tipping based on the price of items (15-20%), so if I'm not paying, I'm not sure how to know ...
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Best time for Mediterranean cruise

Has anyone done a Mediterranean cruise? If so, what is the best time to go during the year? We are thinking either May or September.
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Why is Nynäshamn a de facto “port” for Stockholm?

On my last trip to the Baltic, the cruise ship docked at Nynäshamn, about an hour's drive (each way) from Stockholm. To get ashore, we had to use a tender boat, which took up even more time. ...
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Do I need a visa if I go with a cruise line to St. Petersburg?

Last week I discussed with a friend if it is necessary to get a Russian visa if you travel with a cruise liner to Saint Petersburg in Russia? I think so, but my friend has the opinion that it is not ...
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How to travel as a crew member on a ship?

Is there a feasible way to take a one year break from a IT job and work as a crew member on a big ship? How can one go about this? I am a recreational sailor and know intermediate sailing, coastal ...
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Finding a cruise on the Nile

What's the best approach for finding a cruise on the Nile? Anything in particular that should look out for? How can you distinct good boats from bad?
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Are cruises' Shore Excursions worth the money?

We recently embarked on a 12-night cruise (my first) and noticed the exorbitant prices for the shore excursions at every port. My question is - Are these really worthwhile, given that they relieve all ...
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Third party shore-excursion operators in the Western Caribbean

Cruise ships usually offer shore excursions that can be booked for an additional fee. These can be more expensive than going with a 3rd party, since the cruise line takes a cut. Is there a list of ...
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What time of the year is the cheapest to cruise in/around North America?

What times of the years are optimal for getting the best prices on cruises within North America?