Top 6 Cruise Lines With the Best Food
Posted June 13th, 2018
Claiming to serve the best food on the sea might seem like a bold proclamation, however, these six cruise lines are consistently part of the “best cruise cuisine” conversation.
Whether it's famous Chefs inspiring the menus, locally sourced ingredients or unique dishes and dining experiences onboard, these foodie-friendly cruise line aims to offer unique memories and experiences you can’t get anywhere else.
Your Perfect Summer Soundtrack
Posted June 6th, 2018
Whether it's a laid back beach getaway, a luxury cruise or a long road trip, summer vacation just isn't as good without the perfect playlist!
Video: Oceania Cruises
Posted May 30th, 2018
Filled with a spectacular array of diverse and exotic destinations, your world awaits your discovery. There is simply no better way to explore it than aboard the elegant ships of Oceania Cruises.
5 Best Cruise Ports in the Caribbean
Posted May 22nd, 2018
The Caribbean is considered one of the best vacation destinations in the world and is a popular cruise itinerary, but with dozens of options and hundreds of ports to choose from, planning the perfect Caribbean cruise is no vacation—that’s where we come in.
The ABC's of Luxury Cruising
Posted May 10th, 2018
Every day, more people discover the inclusive pleasures and incredible value of a luxury cruise. An ideal adventure for all age groups or activity level, luxury cruises are an elegant and easy vacation option for couples, families, honeymooners, singles, groups of friends and anyone with a taste for travel.
Our CruiseInsider experts will help you make sense of all your options – dozens of ships, hundreds of itineraries, a variety of activities both on board and on shore . But if you're not fluent in cruise "language", don't worry. Here are the ABC's of Luxury Cruising—a primer to help you learn the lingo and confidently start planning your perfect luxury cruise vacation.
Best Beaches You Can Cruise To
Posted May 3rd, 2018
Though everyone may disagree on where the world’s best beach can be found, every beach lover agrees that white sand, warm water, idyllic views and a laid-back pace are the key ingredients to any popular beach destination.
While beautiful coastlines are common on many cruises, not all beaches are created equal. Sand-and-surf stretches in the Caribbean, Tahiti, Hawaii and Australia often come up in conversation (and for good reason) of the world’s best, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular that you may not have heard of…yet.
From popular vacation spots to hidden island gems, here are the world’s best beaches you can visit via cruise ship.
Tauck Bridges: The Ultimate Family Adventure
Posted April 25th, 2018
Dedicated to family travel and offering dozens of different vacations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Tanzania, Tauck Bridges are vacations designed explicitly for families who want to explore the world together in an engaging, enriching way. Truly unique among all-ages adventures and like no other family vacation you will ever find, Tauck Bridges is an all-inclusive riverboat adventure offering immersive itineraries focused on exposing families to new cultures, natural wonders and next-level experiences designed to spark a passion for discovery and inspire a sense of wonder in our world.
Read on to learn why a Tauck Bridges vacation is unlike any other family trip you will ever take. With insider tips and highlights from CruiseInsider’s CEO Ryan Hansen who recently took his family on the Family Fun Along the Seine Paris to Normandy itinerary, here are some reasons why Tauck Bridges is the ideal adventure for your family.
Insider Experience: Silver Discoverer
Posted April 12th, 2018
In March 2018, one of CruiseInsider’s very best Travel Specialists, Sue Estabrook, spent 10 magical nights aboard the Silversea Expedition ship Silver Discoverer on the exotic and elegant “Ancient Island Nations of the Western Pacific” itinerary sailing from Hong Kong to Nagasaki.
A Silversea Expedition is one of the most authentic, adventurous and all-inclusive luxury cruise experiences around. If you’ve thought about your own expedition cruise, read Sue’s in-depth “Insider” account of her recent Asian adventure and you’ll be ready to set sail too.
15 Photos That Will Inspire You to Set Sail
Posted April 5th, 2018
Whether it's a river voyage, ocean cruise or expedition adventure, seeing the world by cruise ship offers one of travels most unique vantage points. You'll access places and ports you never thought possible while surrounded by breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas in every direction.
If you are trying to decide if a cruise is right for you or what itinerary to choose, have a look at our favorite photos that should inspire you to set sail on your own incredible cruise vacation.
Why Oceania Is Right for You
Posted April 1st, 2018
Oceania's six mid-sized luxury ships are neither expansive floating cities nor exclusive boutique boats accessible only to the most wealthiest of cruisers. Oceania Cruises are stylish and sophisticated, focusing on great food, iconic destinations and a casual, country-club like experience that caters to true travelers, not tourists.
Experience the Galápagos In Elegance
Posted March 27th, 2018
For a cruise experience unlike any other, combine luxury and adventure by sailing with Silversea Expeditions. Silversea offers expedition cruising to all seven continents, allowing you access to some of the most remote and exotic places in the world like the Galápagos Islands, one of the most secluded and sought-after destinations on the planet.
Anyone who loves wildlife and wants to walk in Darwin’s footsteps while cruising in all-inclusive elegance will be blown away with a
Silversea expedition cruise to this unspoiled region of the world. Every luxurious Galápagos expedition cruise with Silversea will immerse you in one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. Quite simply, there's no better way to experience the Galápagos Islands than a voyage with Silversea.
Around the world, in every season, festivals bring people together in colorful celebrations of unique heritages and cultures. Celebrating with locals and immersing yourself in the festivities is a great way to truly discover a destination as an insider–and the very best way to experience it all is from the comfort and safety of a cruise ship.
With hundreds of iconic festivals and incredible events all over the world, trying to decide which one to see, when to go and how to get there can seem overwhelming. To help you narrow down the once-in-a-lifetime options, we've combed the world and collected our very favorite can't-miss festivals and must-see events. We've included the perfect voyages for each, so you can experience them in style and with every detail already considered.
Some cruise lines "rule" the river. Others cruise lines "own" the ocean. But only one cruise line truly reigns supreme over both–Viking Cruises. Offering destination-centric river and diverse ocean cruising, Viking excels at exciting journeys that are competitively priced for genuine value and maximum experience.
What makes Viking so popular with cruisers?
River cruising has long been associated with retirees and baby boomers, but many lines have begun to forgo their sedate, "stuffy" reputations to offer fun adventures for the whole family! With exciting sailings, exclusive savings and entire ships designed to appeal to children of all ages and multigenerational family adventures, there has never been a better time to get the brood on board a river cruise.
Best Cruises for Solo Travelers
Posted January 9th, 2018
Traveling solo doesn't mean traveling alone; it means making new friends with other passengers that chose their voyage for the same reason you did: to discover, enjoy, and see the world on their own terms. More and more modern explorers are taking vacations on their own. As the solo travel movement takes off, we've highlighted some of the biggest benefits of traveling alone.
Where to Go in 2018
Posted January 1st, 2018
Today's in-the-know travelers are more aware than ever of all the world has to offer. There are infinite ways to explore the planet and countless possibilities to experience new people and unique places once considered too remote, too expensive, or too exotic. Explore our expertly curated selection of the best destinations for 2018 before you decide where to go next.
Whether you prefer to relax on an intimate river voyage along the world’s most famed waterways, desire adventure and exploration on an expedition yacht, or crave luxury aboard the ocean’s most elegant vessels, there’s a new crop of cruise ships⏤and a few that have been recently refurbished⏤that you need to know about before you plan your next vacation.
Some of these ships are already on the water, many are open for advanced reservations, and others are launching very soon, but our CruiseInsider experts are “in the know” and will make sure you’re among the first to experience the latest, greatest river vessels, yachts, ocean liners, and luxury small-ships on the horizon.
At CruiseInsider, we pride ourselves in knowing more than the average travel agency by bringing you information and insight on the biggest deals, best cruise lines, and most beautiful destinations. Combining all three of these is Azamara Club Cruises, one of the best kept secrets in cruising and our insider pick for the best cruise line you may not have heard of . . . at least not yet.
From true destination immersion to top-notch service with unique touches that make Azamara unlike any other cruise line, you’ll experience the world’s wonders in elegance and modern-style from your boutique hotel at sea. We know you’ll love Azamara as much as we do, so we’ve highlighted a few of the things that make Azamara Club Cruises absolutely amazing in order to get the secret out and help you plan your next voyage!
While online resources, opinions from friends, and the occasional travel guide may be great for doing some initial research in regards to traveling, nothing beats the firsthand knowledge and friendly recommendations of an experienced travel advisor. Equal parts mind-reader, time maximizer and miracle worker, using a true travel expert who can help you plan, perfect, and save on your vacation is one of the smartest travel tips you'll ever get.
Maybe you’ve done the “traditional” cruise or enjoyed sailing on a smaller ship, but you’re longing for something different. If you consider yourself to be more of an adventurer and learner than a tourist, expedition cruising could be the perfect fit. Travel to places most people have only heard about or seen on television and gain a worldly perspective few are fortunate to know. Expedition cruising—especially on Silversea's all-inclusive luxury ships—will change you in ways no other vacation can.
If you’ve got the spirit of a true adventurer, consider following the path of some of the world’s bravest explorers by setting sail to the unspoiled end of the world: Antarctica.
Considered to be earth’s last great wilderness frontier, Antarctica wows with real beauty and the raw power of nature. You’ll share the landscape with some of the most unique wildlife on the planet, as Antarctica and the neighboring islands are home to six penguin species, at least six species of seals, nine species of whales, wandering albatross, blue-eyed cormorants, and other impressive creatures.
Expedition cruising is the most exciting, action-packed cruise experience anywhere on the high seas. As the name implies, it's a taste of exploration and adventure in off-the-beaten-path places, but with out-of-this-world activities and accommodations. Since each expedition voyage varies based on the destination, the weather, or the unpredictability of nature, every adventure is uniquely different, but definitely unforgettable.
On the most popular voyages, you can expect some incredible bucket-list worthy experiences taking place while immersed in the world’s most beautiful places. Our CruiseInsider experts have planned dozens of these dream adventures and many have experienced expedition cruising themselves—journeys to the most remote, most exhilarating places on the planet. We know what to expect on board and onshore and have highlighted a few things for you to know.
If you’re still undecided on your next cruise destination, think how relaxed and revitalized you’ll feel after a trip to one of the happiest places in the world: Denmark, the country at the top of the World Happiness Report of 2016.
What exactly makes Danes so happy? There are a number of factors that contribute to the positive outlook shared by so many citizens, many of which will put Denmark at the top of the must-see list for your next vacation. Keep reading to learn what makes Denmark so pleasant, why we love it, and how you can explore it yourself.
One of the hottest new trends in travel is the emergence of expedition cruising, the perfect blend of access, adventure, and, in many cases, all-inclusive luxury. Unlike standard ocean cruises or relaxing river voyages, the allure of expedition cruising is in the exploration and enrichment and typically involves smaller ships, remote destinations, bucket-list experiences, and flexible itineraries.
The focus of an expedition cruise is not about the ship’s creature comforts or onboard activities, but about the destination, it’s nature and wildlife—and to experience this not just from the water but up close on land. Whether you’re new to cruising or just want to try something new, expedition cruising is a great way to go beyond sightseeing and experience something much more immersive and interesting.
Loyalty is a virtue in life, and one that cruise lines like to reward. From extra incentives for brand loyalists to exclusive opportunities for past passengers, the perks can sometimes be a nice benefit if you reach the top tiers. However, with so many new offers, options, and opportunities available now, should you really only stick to cruising on one cruise line?
Our answer is no! Why not try something new and save big with a new brand?
If it’s true what they say, that variety is the spice of life, then cruising is the ultimate “sauce” in which to experience the world’s best flavors. With so many cruise options available, dozens of ships (each with their own style), hundreds of exotic ports to explore, and exclusive “new to brand” deals from CruiseInsider, why limit yourself?
Introduction to Awesome Asia
Posted August 31st, 2017
It's the biggest continent on the planet, so trying to visit as many Asian countries as you can may seem like a daunting task. The solution to help you see as much of it as possible—a luxury cruise. When you take a cruise to Asia you get an opportunity to explore some of the continent’s most fabulous port cities in elegance, safety, and style. If you are searching for the best way to see Asia by cruise, start by venturing to these popular destinations—an intro to one of the most interesting places on the planet.