Get the lowdown on booking ship tours vs. exploring the ports on your own, and how to choose the best excursion.
For first dibs on spa treatments, shore excursions and dinner reservations, book them in advance...online.
It's quite tempting to over-pack for a cruise. Here are some tips to keep you well dressed -- and under the baggage weight limit.
Passports, visas, airline regulations, embarkation procedures -- the rules may be confusing, but we'll simplify them for you.
Should you purchase insurance for your upcoming cruise? Here's everything you need to know.
Cruise Critic editors give their rules for deciding between touring independently or booking cruise line excursions.
Don't forget key pre-cruise tasks! Refer to this checklist from the time you book your cruise to the night before you sail.
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We list our favourite kid-friendly shore excursions to help you plan your time onshore.
Cruise Critic members share their best tips for smart packing -- and not leaving anything behind.
Ship tours have gotten more active and innovative in the past few years. Here are the hottest trends in shore excursions.