On Carnival Horizon
North America's first ship with smart lifts // Guy Fieri barbecue and smokehouse joint // Dr. Seuss WaterWorks
• As river vessels and ocean ships add oodles of special shore excursions and active tours, set aside pre-trip planning time for more research to target experiences that are right for you
On Royal Clipper
Caviar on the beach in the Persian Gulf (right). Working out, dodging calories, stretching willpower on luxury Seabourn Encore headed to Dubai
Bears, icebergs await in the wilds
Book early as small group adventures sell out
Ferries to smaller port towns:
Pitch a tent, roll out your sleeping bag or book a bunkbed on Alaska's Marine Highway
Delightful July 4 in Petersburg
Watch the log rolling, herring toss and Fools on Spools
Ovation moves its homeport with the seasons in a grand circle, including Tianjin (Beijing’s seaport), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia. Cruises cater to Chinese passengers when the ship sails from China.
Vista cruises the Caribbean from Miami
On Harmony of the Seas
Wows abound on high-decibel Harmony, Royal Caribbean's newest ship in Florida.
Make sure to book your activities before you leave home, especially for the exciting new shows.
Koningsdam hits a high note on cruises out of South Florida
On Seven Seas Explorer
Refurbished R cruise ships R as classy as ever
Certain to be a big hit with cruisers who like to eat well — a theme throughout Oceania ships — is the lunch-only Bistro created for Sirena by chef Jacques Pepin, and served daily in the main dining room.
On Avalon Myanmar
Meandering the Irrawaddy on an eye-opening cruise in Myanmar (Burma) from Bhamo to Bagan. Above, monks line up beside the Irrawaddy for breakfast, compliments of the Avalon Waterways riverboat crew.
On Emerald Dawn
Incongruities from Bucharest to Budapest on the Lower Danube River // Vlad the Impaler, inspiration for Count Dracula, is remembered at Snagov Monastery’s 15th-century Romanian Orthodox Church
Big, big cruise ships:
New York's Anthem, Miami's Escape
Suite life on Silver Spirit
On Queen Mary 2
On Avalon Tapestry II
Downtown Las Vegas
On Viking Forseti
What's free and notso
On Regal Princess
More on Quantum, Royal Caribbean's new Dynamic Dining
Cruise blogs from the Travel Maven
When lunch is a welcome cruise excursion
On Windstar's Star Pride
On Norwegian Getaway and On SeaDream
Travel agents know
In Australia, New Zealand Cruising Down Under
News and tips about ships, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America, Seabourn, Disney, Azamara, Oceania, Cunard, river boats of Europe and Southeast Asia. Cove balcony cabins on Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic. Disney's Enchanted art. Reposition across the Atlantic. Get a Passport.
Ziplining on Oasis of the Seas
DESTINATIONS PAGES, In the United States, and around the world. Plan a Florida vacation. Germany and Berlin. Singapore. Australia and New Zealand. China's Shanghai, Beijing. Explore with Travel Maven Dave Houser at Grytviken, rusting away near Antarctica, and Mount Athos Greece.