Helpful Cruise Tips

A few easy ways to shape up your ship out.

Eli Blueby Eli Blue

First time considering sailing the high seas? With dozens of cruise review sites and even more cruise line options to choose from, first timers could be caught in a bind. Consider these the golden rules of picking the perfect cruise.


Trousers or casual? – Cruise lines run by different personality types. The Carnival and Royal Caribbean are safe bets for families while Princess out of Fort Lauderdale Florida caters to singles. A good source for cruise reviews is with more than 60,000 reviews; the Tripadvisor for the cruising industry.


Timing is everything – The cheapest time to go is during shoulder season (low season) with small crowds.

Best time to book:

Caribbean – September through January

Hawaii – Late November through February

Mediterranean – September through November


Steal a deal – Unlike airfare, travel agents continue to offer best deals for cruises through exclusive or near exclusive partnerships with cruise lines.  Visit to grab a list of licensed Cruise Line Industry Association agents and visit, the Web's largest cruise line aggregator with tons of advertised offers including free onboard spending in the hundreds, free upgrades, and more.