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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Health & Wellness At Sea
Posted August 21st, 2017
Traveling at sea invokes a sense of tranquility and intrigue like no other vacation, combining the most simple pleasures of seafaring—bright sun, great weather, cool salty breeze, and deep blue ocean—with the sophisticated perks of modern day luxury. But when it comes to health and wellness while on vacation, a cruise isn’t always the first things that comes to mind.
Making the Most of Shipboard Credit
Posted June 21st, 2017
You've paid for your cruise, your flights, and your tours. Your vacation is on the horizon. Now it’s time to splurge on all the extras that make every cruise spectacular—spa treatments, specialty restaurants, shore excursions and more—without busting your budget.
The cruise lines have a variety of names for it; shipboard credit, spending credit, or onboard credit. You’ll sometimes see it listed as SBC or OBC and often used as an added incentive, a booking bonus, or an extra perk. But what exactly is shipboard credit (SBC)? Essentially, it’s free money! Money that can be applied to a variety of onboard expenditures and experiences, everything from sunscreen to souvenirs to swimming with dolphins.
Shipboard credit is a specific dollar amount automatically deposited into your onboard account—virtual cash—to spend on the ship.
So what can “shipboard credit” (SBC) be used for exactly? How do you get more of it? And how can you make the most of the money? Our CruiseInsider experts know all the tricks of the trade so you're guaranteed to get the most shipboard credit available anywhere (the hard part) and we can also recommend all the ways to spend and stretch it (the easy part.)
Cruising's Most Delicious Dishes
Posted June 8th, 2017
Cruise cuisine has long been a cliché, characterized by big buffets and "baked Alaskas", but bad food at sea is thankfully a thing of the past. Today's most luxurious cruise lines now feature gourmet restaurants with globally inspired dishes, giving diners more gastronomic options than ever before. Partnering with iconic celebrity chefs, renowned wineries, famous foodies, revered magazines, and legendary cooking schools, food and drink is now at the forefront of today's cruise experience.
Locally sourced ingredients. Seasonal, sustainable products. Fresh produce from the ports-of-call they visit. Internationally inspired flavors. Award-winning master chefs. Exclusive, ever-changing menus. Reserve wines and craft cocktails. Immersive guided foodie tours. Vegan and allergy-friendly offerings. Hands-on culinary classes. With onboard culinary choices this good, even the most savvy gourmands will question ever going ashore to eat.
Stay Connected on Your Cruise
Posted May 25th, 2017
You’ve booked your once-in-a-lifetime cruise and are almost ready to begin your global journey. You'll see dozens of exotic destinations, experience new cultures and cuisines, and explore the world in unmatched luxury—and you'll certainly want to keep your friends, family and followers updated about your exciting adventures. But how do you stay connected with the world while you're actually out exploring it?
Protect Your Vacation
Posted May 15th, 2017
Your cruise vacation is a voyage of a lifetime. It's truly a major investment, and protecting this investment is an important step in travel planning. Covering everything from accidents to air-travel mishaps, travel protection gives you peace of mind that the money you’ve spent on your vacation isn’t lost if you don't end up going or if something goes wrong along the way.
What Does All-Inclusive Mean?
Posted May 12th, 2017
The benefits of taking an all-inclusive luxury cruise never fail to amaze travelers. While the initial fare may seem higher than standard cruises, when you factor in every trip-related expense and it’s all said and done, most all-inclusive prices are actually a better vacation value than “cruise only fares” that nickel-and-dime you for every soda, service or specialty restaurant onboard.
If you want it all with no out-of-pocket expenses or don’t want a big final bill at the end of your journey, than an all-inclusive cruise may be right for you. But what does the term ‘all-inclusive’ really mean, what does it actually get you and which cruise lines do ‘all-inclusive’ best? We have the answers below and access to the best all-inclusive cruise deals available anywhere.
The Myths About Cruising
Posted March 23rd, 2017
Cruising is nothing like it used to be. With endless options and more customization than ever, today’s cruise ships are resetting the bar—from laid-back to luxurious, intimate to immense, relaxing to rugged adventure and everything in-between—it’s easier than ever to find a cruise vacation that aligns with your personality and passions.
While few vacations can truly satisfy everyone, cruises come pretty close. The old days of a "one-size-fits-all" cruise is long gone, replaced by a variety of diverse ships, destinations, and deals.