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Holland America Line Enters 2010 With Most Diverse Alaska CruiseTour Program Yet
Tropical Cruise Getaways to Sun-Swept Caribbean,Panama Canal and Mexican Riviera.
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Star Princess Live Blog Pre-Cruise Backgrounder
Princess Cruises Features 21 New Adventures Ashore for 2009 Alaska Season
Are some cruise reviews and comments really unbiased commentary?
Cruise Traveler Magazine's 7 Best Cruise Trends for 2009
Cruise Line Fuel Surcharges Are Gone...Maybe?
Travel Direct Corporation, announced their 5th Annual "Salute To America's Finest" promotion. Military,Teacher,Firefighter,Police, Save on Cruises
Celebrity Solstice Named Best New Cruise Ship for 2008 by Cruise Traveler Magazine
Weighing the Risks and Rewards. When you use a travel agent, who you do business with matters.
10 Recession Proof Cruise Tips
When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping... for cruises
Authentic Alaska
World Cruises 2009-2010
Hurricane Season
Top 4 Princess Alaska Adventures for 2009
Cruise Lines International Association Releases 2008 Cruise Market Profile Study
(CLIA) 2008 Cruise Market Profile Study Released
What about the doctor on board?
Canada & New England Cruises, from $699
Tips for making your cruise vacation blog
Passport or No Passport? That is the Question
Kids Sail Free Summer Vacation Cruise Deal
With Gas Prices Rising, Can A Cruise Be A Bargain?
Active and Retired Military Personnel Can Book up to Three 'Fun Ship' Staterooms at Special Rates During Month of May
Guests Delve Deeper Into Alaska Wilderness with Cruisetour Extensions
Cruise for Free as a Group Leader: The Best Kept Secret in Travel!
May & September: Best Deals To Alaska
Celebrity Cruises' 2009 Alaska Program
How To Pick The Best Stateroom
Walking Tour of Skagway A Good Bet
New Things To Do On An Alaska Cruise
Experience Alaska and its jewel-like glaciers
New Passport Requirements For Cruises
Find Cruise Deals: Europe Cruises and Cruisetours
Alaska offers great views of whales, eagles, bears,but plan ahead, as wildlife viewing is not guaranteed.
Prices in U.S. dollars mean cruise travelers get better deal on a Europe cruise
Looking For a Refund for your Cruise? Learn the how and why you’re entitled to your money back.
Regent Seven Seas 2009 Antarctica Journeys
Azamara Cruises "leaps" Into Exotic Europe in 2009
Brand New Musical Aboard Disney Cruise Line
Alaska What's Cruisin for 2008
How cruising Europe gives you the best value
Alaska: the value of northbound cruisetours
Love Sets Sail: Azamara Cruises and Celebrity Cruises Captains to Help Guests Tie the Knot at Sea
Online Travelers Seek Human Touch For Cruise Planning.
Cruise Passengers Book Early. Alaska Cruises Sell Out fast.
Cruising From New York
Cruise Line Profiles
Book Alaska cruises early, ships are crowded
Readers Cruise Tips
Cruisetours Take Passengers Beyond the Sea to Explore Worldwide Wonders on Five Continents
Choosing an Alaska Cruisetour
The Cruise Industry's Best Kept Secret
Questions to Ask When Planning a Family Cruise With Your Children
Top Ten Most Popular Lines For Family Cruises
What To Pack For A Cruise
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Learning Latest Trend In Cruise Vacations
Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes To Cruising Exotic Destinations
The Hills…And Coastlines, Bays And Coves… are alive with color on Canada and New England Cruises
World Cruises: Exploration In Style
Cruises Through a Europe Less Traveled
Cunard's Queen Victoria to Sail 2008 European Voyages
Cruise Passengers Face Long Wait!
Europe Cruises the Best Value With Current Exchange Rate
Cruise Traveler Magazine Resource Locator
New Shore Excursions Connects Travelers With The Real Alaska


New Passport Requirments For Cruises
Family Escape to the Caribbean
Understanding Family Rates For Cruises
Growing Cruise Popularity Reflects Strong Guest Satisfaction And High Preceived Value, Says New Study
Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific Isles Showcase Incredible Diversity Down Under
South America Draws Travelers in Search of the Exotic and Adventurous
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Family Travel Is On The Rise
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Tips On Taking Great Pictures On A Cruise
Travel Tips for Older Americans
Cruising Tips. How To Book And Board
A Royal Crossing on the QM2
Why should I use a travel agent?
Why Cruise Rates Change
Getting Your Child a Passport
Avoiding Pre-Cruise Problems
Top 6 Family Cruise Lines
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Favorite Cruise Lines For Traveling With Your Kids And Teens

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travel agents to advertise prices lower than the cruise lines offer to those who book directly with the cruise line. However, some do allow travel agencies to discount by rebating part of the commissions, when dealing directly with a potential customer. If you are shopping the Internet for cruise prices, you're most likely going to find many travel sites quoting the same price. But, the price you're seeing on a travel agent's web site is not necessarily the best price that travel agency is able to offer you. To find out a travel agency's best price on a particular cruise, you should call them, or e-mail them a request for a price quote. Most travel agencies have toll-free phone numbers. Don't hesitate to call or email them-- you could save a lot!


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If you are flying on the same day as your cruise sets sail, plan to be at the pier for check-in at least  least 4 hours prior to the time the ship is scheduled to depart. Also, due to heighten security at the pier and at the airport, when planning your return flight home allow for several hours between the time you get off the ship and the time you need to board your flight home.  We suggest no earlier than 1:30PM for a flight home
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As client's needs change, so has Cruise Reviews Online. The popular cruise reviews site debuts a new look, blog, and social media tools to provide cruise travelers with the best information possible to plan their dream cruise vacation.
—August 27, 2009—In over 10 years of providing relevant cruise travel content on the Internet, Travel Direct Corporation, a leading travel management company, and it's Cruise Reviews Online web site focused on helping guests create their dream cruise vacation through insider information, cruise reviews written by travelers and professional travel writers and insight on where to find the best cruise deals. With the launch of their updated website, Cruise Reviews Online provides new content, hundreds of new cruise reviews and social networking tools focused on information about cruise travel and services to further assist cruise travelers in planning their perfect cruise vacation.

The new Cruise Reviews Online website focuses on providing comprehensive information about the most popular cruise ships and lines and detailed information of the world’s best-traveled destinations. With detailed descriptions of hundreds of destinations, and in-depth cruise reviews, travelers can find the cruise vacation that best fits their needs. Whether a guest is planning a singles, couples, honeymoon, senior or group cruise, cruise and land tour, cultural or theme cruise vacation, Cruise Reviews Online has the information, expertise and experience to help guests successfully migrate through the planning process.

The new site also includes a blog and social media networking platform.

New forums allow travelers to post any question or comment related to cruising. Discuss cruises, cruise ships, cruise lines, cruise reviews, cruising and ports of call. Here they will find.. cruise message boards, cruising info, cruise ship forums, cruise discussion boards, cruise chat, cruise line forums, a cruise message board, a cruise bulletin board, and cruise reviews.

Each registered Cruise Reviews Online member can have their own personal cruise page (PCP). This is sort of like a cruise-oriented "home page" where cruise enthusiasts can network with their friends, family and other cruise buddies. The interface should be familiar to anyone who has used Facebook or Twitter. Members can track their favorite cruise lines, itineraries, ships and reviews. They can post messages to their page, upload photos into albums, track their previous cruise history and post their own cruise reviews. The new "Rate, Rank and Review" feature lets members share their onboard and onshore experience with others. Members can even link their review to other social media websites like Twitter or Facebook. Members are further encouraged to invite their friends to join and become a part of their network. Only friends can view the Personal Cruise Pages of other friends. Members can also use their personal cruise page as a "cruise blog" where they can document the day-to-day experiences when on their cruise.

Members can join any number of "Fan Clubs". A Fan Club is a group of members uniquely interested in something they find on Cruise Reviews Online. For example, a member might join the Carnival Cruises Fan Club, or the Celebrity Equinox Fan Club. By joining a Fan Club, links to these items will appear in the member's My Favorites section on the personal cruise page. One of the blogs updates regularly with destination insights from around the globe. Written by travel specialists, each blog shares firsthand accounts of premier travel destinations.

Members can "Ask An Expert" - either one of our professional travel writers, a cruise travel advisor as well as a qualified cruise traveler. If a member needs to know about a destination, cruise ship or shore excursion it's easy to get an answer from our team of experts. Just as easy from our knowledgeable past guests, when they submit a question. Or, members can browse other guests' questions, then share their insight by providing answers.

According to Marty Trencher, Managing Director, "The Internet isn't just about cruise deals. It also is about getting rock-solid travel advice, not just from the experts but from fellow travelers. We want to provide innovative content and services that will help guide those travelers through the planning process, from the beginning of an idea through the reservation process, all the way to when they board their ship and beyond.”

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Visitors to Cruise Reviews Online can read hundreds of cruise line reviews and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. Unbiased and unedited, they share their cruise experience with guests to the web site. Cruise Reviews Online, one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective cruise reviews and a social networking site focused on information about cruise travel. Cruise Reviews Online contains information for over two dozen (24) major cruise lines including ship information on over 200 ships, 11,765 itineraries, 6,890 itinerary maps, 2087 ports-of-call, cruise specials, 1100+ cruise reviews, cruise-related articles, and a user-friendly cruise search engine that consumers will find very useful to research and find the perfect cruise.
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The role of travel agents is pretty pivotal in deciding the best travel package out of dozens that are made available to you. While you plan your vacation, these travel agents do all of the homework on your behalf, in order to find out the best deal. Because these travel agents know so much, their relevance can't be ignored at all. And the whole travel industry relies upon them as they make traveling an experience to cherish.
But, in the world that is becoming more and more fast paced, everyone seems to be short of time. So, it seems a weary task to pay a visit to your local travel agent, sit with him or her and find the most suitable travel deals for you. Also, the deals that the travel agent offers you are no better than a few tourist destinations that have become stale and unimpressive. The customers of today have grown demanding in terms of finding the most scenic travel destinations around the world and most certainly, they are not able to find such tourist places with the average travel agent.

Come to the world wide web and you would observe an apparent revolution in the field of tourism industry. The Internet is brimming with discounted travel packages, cheap hotels, lodges, resorts, cruise deals and so on, in all the major and not so popular destinations around the world. All you have to do is to state your requirement and click the cursor. You will be introduced to an array of destinations, according to your budget. Plus, last minute cruise deals are also readily available on the Internet that are highly cost effective.
These deals are also available through the various comparison portals that allow you to compare the various travel packages to a particular location and list different packages that suit your budget and matches with the requirements of different people. It is always recommended to avail the travel deals through travel comparison shopping portals and select the most lucrative deal out of it.


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"Before you leave home, make sure travel documents are in order. Check with air lines 24 hours prior to flying. Upon boarding ship, locate your state room, most ships have color-coded halls. Pink carpet denotes even number state rooms, blue color carpets will be odd numbers. With more than 50 cruises and mega ships, this is a time saver."

"I have been on 13 cruises. My suggestion is to plan on the second seating for your dinner time. This gives you more time on your daily tours, not to feel you have to rush to get ready. You can also take in a show or have a glass of wine prior to dinner if you feel the need to be kept busy. It is the most relaxing way to travel. My husband and I look forward to our next cruise together."

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