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Zodiacs are an expedition craft found on most adventure cruise ships and an essential tool for landing almost anywhere on the planet.
Rugged but comfortable, sleek and safe, inflatable and incredibly buoyant, Zodiac boats are easy to navigate and extremely stable in a wide range of different conditions, including the harsh elements of the waters around Antarctica and the Arctic.
Antarctica is known as the last continent, a place of unspoiled, raw beauty that has been untouched by humanity. Full of sheer adventure and numerous surprises, an expedition journey to the southernmost point on the planet will expose you to the overwhelming power of nature and the staggering abundance of wildlife, all while traveling in safety and style.
Ranging from authentic polar-class ice-breakers to all-inclusive luxury yachts and an array of sizes and shapes in-between, expedition cruise ships are a comfortable, easy way to explore the world's most remote regions in style and safety.
When it comes to cruising, there’s a lot more to packing than simply tossing your favorite outfits and accessories into a suitcase, especially when you’re going on a world cruise that could be 45-100 days or more.
Several factors affect what to bring (or not bring) on a global voyage – including onboard events and theme nights, cruise ship dress codes, changing weather conditions, excursions and port activities, cultural and seasonal subtleties and more – all have an impact on what to pack for a world cruise.
If your perfect cruise doesn't include buffets and bingo, or boring days at sea on the world's biggest ships, an expedition cruise might be the right fit for you.
There’s something very romantic about cruising. Seeing the world with that special someone. Getting away from it all. Time alone together. The slower, relaxing pace. Watching the sun rise and set over a beautiful sea with your partner beside you. These are just some of the many magical moments you’ll experience on a luxury cruise voyage.
9 Reasons We Love Windstar Cruises
Posted October 4th, 2018
Windstar Cruises boasts a casually elegant small ship fleet that makes every voyage feel so personal, you think you're on your own personal yacht. Whether you choose an itinerary on one of Windstar's iconic clipper ships—essentially a state-of-the-art luxury sailboat—or their all-suite mega-yachts, every voyage is an experience unlike any other ocean cruise.
October is National Plan a Cruise Month – a month-long industry-wide celebration of the best cruise destinations and deals – and a chance for us to help travelers navigate the different options available for every travel style and budget.
Need help narrowing down the various types of cruises and the variety of cruise lines? That's what our CruiseInsider travel advisors do every day.
There's a new way to see the world in luxurious small-ship style, on a yacht voyage from the all new, all-inclusive Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.
Listen to these songs to get lost in time and set the scene for your spectacular trip to Cuba. This collection of Cuba-inspired rhythms will inspire you to travel back in time where the music sizzles in the streets and you can’t help but fall in love—with the people, the culture, the moment and the music.
What makes Cuba such an attractive travel destination? The answer lies beyond politics and beneath the country’s cultural make-up. It's Cuba's connection to the past—something elusive and exotic that has enticed travelers for centuries.
Oceania's Re-Inspiration of Classic Elegance
Posted August 20th, 2018
Whatever it is that inspires your passion for travel—Oceania looks forward to welcoming you on board their newly re-designed, stylish and intimate ships. As a preferred partner for Oceania, our travel experts have the inside scoop so you can experience their next chapter cruising like a VIP.
Why Fall Is the Best Time for a Mediterranean Cruise
Posted August 16th, 2018
A region of diverse cultures, natural beauty, rich history, great weather and more can't-miss sights than almost anywhere else on earth, the Mediterranean attracts millions of travelers every year and spans several must-see destinations from Italy to Israel, Croatia to Cyprus, the Amalfi Coast to the Turquoise Coast, Corsica to Sardinia and Portugal to Greece.
Top Cruise Lines for Seniors
Posted August 9th, 2018
Cruising is one of the very best ways to see the world—especially for more mature travelers. From easygoing river voyages to elegant ocean sailings to enrichment heavy expedition journeys or exciting globe-spanning World Cruises, cruises are the perfect way for seniors to visit multiple destinations while maximizing your vacation dollar.
Europe's Best Christmas Markets
Posted August 2nd, 2018
From the first Sunday in Advent through Christmas Eve all across Europe, magical Christmas Markets spring up along the Danube and Rhine rivers allowing you to celebrate in authentic style where many Christmas traditions were first created.
Selecting the Right Stateroom
Posted July 24th, 2018
With dozens of cruise lines, a multitude of ships and so many staterooms to choose from, it can be difficult for cruisers to figure out the perfect cabin to choose. Whether you're looking for an all-inclusive luxurious suite, an ocean-view balcony, a family-friendly stateroom or options for traveling solo, we can help you find a cruise cabin that meets your budget and still goes beyond your expectations.
Playlist: Travel Tunes
Posted July 17th, 2018
Looking for the perfect playlist to satisfy that wanderlust? Our collection of travel-themed tunes will inspire you see the world and provide the perfect soundtrack for seeing places far, far away.
Simple Tips for Planning a Group Cruise
Posted June 29th, 2018
Cruises are an ideal vacation for large groups because everyone is together in one place but each person can still do their own thing easily. Cruises appeal to travelers of all ages, they offer a wide array of activities and options, and they allow people with varying budgets and various expectations to travel together.
The Best Mediterranean Cruise Ports: East vs. West
Posted June 21st, 2018
Ancient ruins. Pristine beaches. Vibrant culture. Stunning landscapes. Great wine. Mouth watering cuisine. If you could only pick one of these delights, which would it be? Luckily for cruisers, this is a decision you don’t have to make when you cruise the Mediterranean.
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!
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.