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7 great cruise deals for 2017

It’s wave season, an old-school term that still means big savings on cruises this year and beyond. Each cruise line puts out its most tempting offers — discounts fares, cabin upgrades, extra perks like free Wi-Fi or on-board credit — in the first few months of the new year to lure travelers to...

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  • Carnival looks to create ultimate 'smart ship'

    Carnival looks to create ultimate 'smart ship'

    Carnival Corp. & PLC, the world's largest cruise line operator, has unveiled a digital concierge program that the company hopes will turn ships into "smart cities" and push passenger service to the brink of instant gratification. Through the use of a 1.8-ounce, wireless "Ocean Medallion," passengers...

  • Get a balcony room for the price of an inside cabin with this Cunard cruise deal

    Get a balcony room for the price of an inside cabin with this Cunard cruise deal

    If you’re already in cruise-planning mode for the new year, Cunard has a cool upgrade offer. For a limited time, you can snag a balcony room for the price of an inside cabin on selected sailings on all three ships in the luxury line. The deal: Upgrades on Us applies to certain 2017 and 2018 cruises,...

  • On-board credit, free Wi-Fi and low $49 deposit for cruises on MSC's newest ship

    On-board credit, free Wi-Fi and low $49 deposit for cruises on MSC's newest ship

    A new ship for a new year? The MSC Seaside won’t hit the water until December 2017, but the countdown has begun. Travelers who book now receive $50 in on-board credit and free Wi-Fi on the new ship’s Caribbean cruises. The deal: MSC debuts a new class of ship when the Seaside hits the water this...

  • Rediscovering life's real magic aboard the Disney Wonder

    Rediscovering life's real magic aboard the Disney Wonder

    Despite its reputation as a brand "where dreams come true," I was almost in tears as I boarded the Disney Wonder in Galveston, Texas, in November. After an exhausting week, the combination of a judgmental parenting post from an acquaintance on Facebook, the swirl of political vitriol on social...

  • Seven Seas Explorer has something to say about luxury

    Seven Seas Explorer has something to say about luxury

    When you bill yourself as the world's most luxurious cruise ship, it's good to have friends to back you up. That's the case with Regent Seven Seas Explorer, the ship that debuted this past summer and is now sailing Caribbean itineraries out of PortMiami. Regent Seven Seas is the luxury brand of...

  • Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas makes Australia debut

    Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas makes Australia debut

    While Florida enjoys the spoils of the three largest cruise ships in the world, there's one class of ship from Royal Caribbean that has never called Florida home.The Quantum-class of vessels that include Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas are considered among the best...

  • A tale of two ports: Is Port Everglades or PortMiami more user-friendly?

    A tale of two ports: Is Port Everglades or PortMiami more user-friendly?

    South Florida offers travelers the world's busiest passenger cruise ports — but how do PortMiami and Port Everglades compare? If you want lots of choices and lots of company, you might find the No. 1-ranked PortMiami to your liking. If you want cheaper parking and an easier time clearing security,...

  • Carnival Splendor to leave fleet to make way for third Vista-class ship

    Carnival Splendor to leave fleet to make way for third Vista-class ship

    The folks who run Carnival Cruise Line like their new class of ship so much, they decided to trade in an older model for a third Vista-class ship.Carnival Vista, which just began sailing out of Miami this month, is the largest ship Carnival has ever built, and a sister ship Carnival Horizon is...

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