Stepping Out with the Right Shoes
Posted August 28th, 2017
Packing for a cruise excursion doesn’t have to be a taxing affair. Start early and prepare ahead of time to save yourself the stress. This includes picking the right shoes. As you consider the best shoes for cruise excursions, use this guide to put you on the right path.
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.
River Cruising vs. Ocean Cruising: Which is Right for You?
Posted August 4th, 2017
For an experienced ocean cruiser, river cruising might not seem all that different at first glance. Food, drinks, entertainment, shore excursions, and great destinations – the only difference is the body of water you’re cruising on, right? Not so much.
Though river cruising been around for quite some time, today’s options are as diverse and distinctive as anything on the ocean. And over the last few years, river cruises have become one of the most popular choices for both experienced and new cruisers alike. Today, there are several unique river cruise lines and a variety of options across the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America.
That said, river cruising might not be right for everybody. Before you explore the world, let’s explore some of the ways in which river cruising and ocean cruising are different, how they compare and what you can expect with each.
How to Dress for a European River Cruise
Posted July 28th, 2017
So, you finally booked your European river cruise, and while confirming your cruise certainly takes you one step closer to vacation bliss, you still need to pack your bags – a feat that’s much easier said than done.
Knowing what to pack and how to dress for a European river cruise is challenging for a variety of reasons. Three of the most common reasons being the differing climate throughout Europe, the various activities throughout your journey, and the diversity between cruise lines. Here are a few tips to help you get started, and hopefully, help you make the packing process a little less painless.
River Cruising's Modern Makeover
Posted July 25th, 2017
U by Uniworld is reinventing the travel industry with U, a fresh approach to river cruising for 21-45 year olds. Offering a new take on experiential travel, U by Uniworld cruises are designed for younger travelers with a passion for exploring and a taste for authentic adventures.
Interested in a romantic Parisian getaway? How about a foodie-inspired, nightlife-filled escapade in The Netherlands or Hungary? A unique girls getaway or unforgettable guys trip through Germany and Austria? If you believe life's too short to stay in one place, than consider the ﬂoating boutique hotels of U by Uniworld to experience some of the most incredible share-worthy destinations in Europe, all on one trip.
8 Reasons to Choose Uniworld
Posted July 10th, 2017
It’s not hard to understand why river cruising is currently at the peak of popularity. The appealing aspects of a river cruise are obvious; unpacking only once, intimate ships, calm water, great service, docking in the very heart of famed cities and fairytale villages, and so much more.
There are river cruise options to fit every passion, personality and price point, but not every river cruise experience is the same. Our accredited CruiseInsider advisors know river cruising like no one else and are well-versed in every ship, every river, and each port-of-call. As such, we're often asked, “What river cruise line is right for me?” While the answer isn’t always that simple, the same cruise line always seems to come up in our conversations . . .
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
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.
Wondering About a World Cruise?
Posted May 5th, 2017
Circumnavigating the globe by sea may not be a new thing, but doing it on a state-of-the-art ship with luxurious accommodations and access to everything you’d ever need? Welcome to what is widely considered one of travel’s most incredible experiences—the world cruise.
Typically lasting months at sea and visiting dozens of exciting and exotic destinations in one continuous voyage, today’s dazzling variety of world cruise options offers intriguing locales, indulgent accommodations and interesting people in every port of call.
If you’ve been wondering about whether a full world cruise, a grand voyage or even a world cruise segment—usually a few weeks in a particular region—is your next vacation but aren’t sure what it entails, which cruise line is right for you or whether you’ll enjoy it, than look no further. Our CruiseInsider experts have planned dozens of these incredible global journeys, so we’re sharing our experience and expertise with you—insight, answers and tips to consider before you embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Cuba: A Timeless Voyage
Posted May 1st, 2017
Though Cuba is only 90 miles from the United States, it has long been considered one of the most distant destinations on the planet. Off-limits to most Americans for over a half-century, it’s now open to select travelers and today, this unspoiled, uncommon Caribbean jewel is closer than ever before — just a cruise away!
Legendary nightlife. Pulsating music. Distinct cuisine. Unique culture. Classic architecture. This is Havana, Cuba. And right now, you can be among the first travelers to explore a place where yesterday lives today.
Insider Focus: Crystal Mozart
Posted April 21st, 2017
Most cruisers would agree that Crystal is synonymous with luxury; and if it’s true that luxury is found in each detail, then Crystal's newest river ship—the Mozart—can confidently be touted as one of the most luxurious river cruise ships ever built. Nearly twice as wide as the standard river vessel, and, accordingly, with gorgeous public areas and well-appointed staterooms and suites, the Crystal Mozart provides an instant glorious feel that equals in service and quality to the experience aboard Crystal's two long-standing ocean vessels Serenity and Symphony.
As one of the top-selling travel agencies in the world, Cruise Insider was recently recognized by Crystal as a "Preferred Partner". As such, our company's President Ryan Hansen was invited to experience the laid-back luxury of this impressive ship as a guest at Crystal’s "Annual Awards Gala" held onboard the elegant Crystal Mozart. This exclusive gathering of Crystal Cruises' top partners allowed Ryan to enjoy and explore this incredible river vessel for a week, and now we're sharing Ryan's insider tips and his unique insight with you.
12 Handy Things To Pack For a Cruise
Posted March 26th, 2017
Everyone knows the essentials, but here are some not-so-obvious items you'll want to take on your cruise. Packing for a cruise can be a daunting task, and once you've crammed everything into a suitcase you may be left thinking: what else do I need? Our experts have planned over 100,000 vacations, so we've listened to our clients and learned a few tricks and tips over the years about helpful items you should definitely bring along to ensure your cruise getaway goes even smoother. Enjoy our handy cruise packing hacks below; a dozen items you'd probably never think to bring on your next voyage but will be happy you did!
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.