Consumer Reviews Reveal 20 Most Popular “WOW” Cruise Ships for Families

Enjoying the Flowrider on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas, voted one of the 20 most popular ships for families © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas and Celebrity Eclipse top the list of the 20 most popular cruise ships for families. The list is based on reviews from thousands of cruise travelers gathered between January and June 2014 by CruiseCompete, … Continue reading

Cosmonaut training in Russia? Cruise Lines Offer New Surprises for Adventure Seekers

Crystal Cruises is featuring a Baltic cruise which includes a visit to Star City, Russia's  NASA and the opportunity to experience an actual Russian Cosmonaut Training course on advanced space equipment: the centrifuge, zero-gravity flight, or hydro-space program.

The trend toward offering travelers more intensive, authentic experiences that engage and enrich is moving through the entire industry. Cruisegoers, for example, are increasingly opting for active, engaging experiences when they hit the seas or the rivers of the world. … Continue reading

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Partners with Ethnomusicologist to Add Music Adventures on Small-Ship Voyages

They say music is a window to the soul.  And at Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic, that goes for the soul of an entire culture, thanks to a series of music adventures on select itineraries that offer guests rare insight into the … Continue reading

Cruising is Ideal for Family Reunions, Multigenerational Vacations – Here are Some Tips

Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas at its private island, Labadee. Cruises are ideal for multi-generational vacations and family reunions © 2014 Karen Rubin/

For the same reason that cruises are fabulous for multi-generational vacations, they are ideal venues for family reunions and celebrations of a special birthday, retirement, graduation. The ships provide a floating resort that keeps people within proximity, makes it easy … Continue reading

Royal Caribbean International Becomes First Cruise Line to Be Certified ‘Autism Friendly’

Liberty of the Seas at Labadee

Autism on the Seas™ (AotS), a Shelton, Ct.-based travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities, today announced the introduction of the travel industry’s first “Autism Friendly” Certification Standard & Training Program for cruise lines. Royal Caribbean … Continue reading

AllThingsCruise Consumer Reviews Reveal Most Popular Cruise Ships

Royal Caribbean International's Liberty of the Seas got a high ranking on the Popular Contemporary Cruise list by cruisegoers © 2014 Karen Rubin/

What do passengers really think about their cruise experiences?, an online cruise community, asks travelers to review their cruises right after they return, while impressions are still fresh on their minds, and based on surveys conducted over the past … Continue reading

Crown Cruise Vacations Picks Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers

Norwegian Breakaway docked at Bermuda. Breakaway offers studio cabins, specifically designed and priced for solo travelers with an innovative bathroom design. The studios also have private keycard access to the Studio complex and an exclusive two-story Studio Lounge with a bar © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Traveling solo can be a great way to relax and enjoy a cruise, but you want to be sure to plan well and that your ship and itinerary make sense, say the cruise experts at Crown Cruise Vacations. Finding good … Continue reading

CruiseCompete Issues Guide to Best Cruiseline Children’s Programs

Frolicking on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas. CruiseCompete has produced a guide to the best children's programs afloat © 2013 Karen Rubin/

If your family is planning a summer cruise, one of the most important considerations in choosing a cruiseline and an itinerary is the children’s program that is available. Children’s programs on cruiselines range from nonexistent to truly stellar, so it’s … Continue reading

Week-long Journey by Boat and Bike Along New York’s Historic Erie Canal Ends in Palmyra, ‘Queen of Canal Towns’

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by Karen Rubin We awake in Pittsford, and knowing we will have a long day of sailing – our goal is to reach Palmyra for the last night of our week-long journey – we once again take that picturesque ride … Continue reading

Journey by Boat and Bike Along New York’s Historic Erie Canal: Day 4

Where the Erie Canal is built over a creek and makes a sharp turn entering Medina © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Discovering the Architectural, Historical Treasures of Albion-Medina-Brockport by Karen Rubin  We awake Wednesday morning on our Lockmaster canalboat, docked at the port of Albion. I have a chance to explore Albion on foot and find it the most interesting and … Continue reading