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About Cruising – First-Time Cruisers


Incredible Value & Convenience

A cruise offers unmatched variety, convenience, and fun. Plus, it's more affordable than many land-based vacations. Cruises enable you to visit multiple locations for one low price, without the hassle of coordinating travel details. Your vacation begins the moment you step onboard. And now, many cruises are just a short drive or flight away.

What's Included:
  • Stateroom or suite accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Gourmet dining
  • Supervised kids' programs
  • Vegas- or Broadway-style shows
  • Entry to nightclubs, piano bars & more
  • Activities like yoga & basketball
  • Gym, pool & hot tubs
  • Non-commissionable fares & taxes


  • What's Not Included:
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Casino gaming
  • Shopping
  • Organized tours & activities onshore
  • Babysitting
  • Nominal fees at some restaurants


  • Something For Everyone

    Cruising is so much more than just shuffleboard and all-you-can-eat buffets. Today's ships offer activities and entertainment for vacationers of all ages, from toddlers to seniors. Family-friendly ships may feature everything from kids' clubs to teen coffeehouses. Want to unwind? Activities are as diverse as spa treatments, basketball, and casino gambling. At night, you might catch a comedy show, relax in a piano bar, or feast on five-star cuisine. From luxury to adventure, there's a ship to suit your vacation needs.

    Unique ship features may include:
  • Rock-climbing wall
  • All-oceanview or all-suite accommodations
  • Martini & champagne bars
  • Teen discos
  • Thalassotherapy pool
  • Spiral waterslide
  • Planetarium
  • Boutiques by Harrods & Bvlgari
  • Butler service
  • Miniature golf & golf simulators
  • Bungee trampolines
  • Poolside movies under the stars
  • Ice-skating rink


  • Explore the Cruise Lines

    Get a cruise line overview or select a link below.

    Cruise Fun for Singles,
    Couples & Families
    Carnival Cruise Lines
    Disney Cruise Line
    Norwegian Cruise Line
    Royal Caribbean

    Premium Cruises:
    Sophisticated Yet Affordable
    Celebrity Cruises
    Holland America Line
    Princess Cruises

    Travel the World

    From the glaciers of Alaska to the Isles of the South Pacific, we offer 6,500 sailings to 730 ports around the globe. Destinations include the Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, and the Mediterranean. Some cruises feature several days at sea, while others stop at private islands. Deciding where to go will be the hardest part.

    Great Options For First-Time Cruisers

        Last-Minute Cruises – leave in 30 days or less

      Sail from a Port Near You – choose from 21 U.S. ports

    Board a "FunShip®" for a sunny escape south of the border!
    What could be better than a week in the Caribbean with Carnival?
    Find endless adventures onboard & along Mexico's golden shores.

    Cruise Lingo & Glossary


    Destinations:
    • Port: a destination or city visited by a ship.
    • Shore Excursion: an activity or tour in a port.
    • Cruisetour: a cruise combined with a land vacation. The land portion may consist of anything from a hotel stay before or after the cruise to a fully escorted tour and airfare.
    Bonus Offers:
    • Upgrade: when you receive a better stateroom category than you paid for.
    • Shipboard Credit: a credit that is posted to your account upon embarkation. It's yours to spend at the spa, in the boutiques, or almost anywhere onboard.
     
    Accommodations:
    • Category: a group of staterooms (formerly referred to as cabins) that are assigned the same rank because of their size, amenities, deck level, and location. Prices vary according to category.
    • Interior: staterooms that do not have windows.
    • Oceanview: staterooms that feature portholes or a picture window.
    • Balcony: staterooms that feature private balconies.
    • Suite: the most spacious, luxurious accommodations onboard.
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