02 4 / 2014

Most Popular Cruise Photos on Cruiseline.com

We get a lot of great photos uploaded to Cruiseline.com every day by our dedicated members, and we wanted to show off the best of the best! These are the most popular photos posted to Cruiseline.com with the most “likes” by you!

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User MATTHUNTER uploaded this photo of King’s Wharf, Bermuda, taken on his cruise on Norwegian Breakaway in October 2013.

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This beautiful sunrise from Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas in October 2013 was shared by user schastain.

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User moonjazz posted this photo from a hike of Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska, as part of a sailing on Holland America Line’s Westerdam in September 2013.

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Texassea uploaded this photo of herself in her very own Cruiseline.com T-shirt in Belize during a sailing on Carnival Magic.

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Texassea also shared this photo of the deck on Carnival Magic against partially cloudy skies.

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This great photo of the Blue Lagoon in Nassau, The Bahamas, is by user dctileman on Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas.

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This photo gives a bird’s eye view of the waters of Santorini, Greece, from user Cooper03 during a sailing on Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas.

24 3 / 2014

New Feature: Get Price Alerts on Your Ideal Cruise

Cruiseline.com rolled out a new feature: the price alert! When logged in to the site, you can add cruises you’re interested in and get email alerts when the price drops. No need to check the price on your ideal cruise — we’ll do it for you.

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Start a price alert by clicking the button on the right-hand side of the page. You’ll see a pop-up that looks like this:

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There are two types of price alerts. You have the option to set up one or both.

The first type alerts you when the cabin on your selected sailing goes below the price you indicated.

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The second sends you the best price for the sailing you selected, either daily or weekly, depending on your preference.

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^Your completed price alert will look like either of these, depending on what type of price alert you choose.

Click “Save to Watchlist,” and we’ll let you know if and when your cruise drops to or below your preferred price!

Want to get alerts on multiple cruises? Just repeat the steps with a different ship or sail date, and keep adding to your list. Remember, your price alert starts as soon as you begin to watch a cruise price, so create yours now.

Every time you log in, you’ll see this box, updating you on your watched cruises:

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Another helpful money-saving tool to remember is the price graph. Find out when the cheapest sailing on your cruise is, and set up an alert if the price drops even lower!

As always, these features come with your free Cruiseline.com membership!

What do you think? Will you use this new money-saving feature?

10 3 / 2014

New Feature: Top-Ranked Cruise Ships Based on User Reviews

Don’t know what cruise ship you want to sail on? Cruiseline.com’s new page lists the best cruise ships, according to your reviews — more than 43,000 of them!

We looked at all ships with at least 20 user reviews and ranked them based on the highest average score.

Crystal Symphony took the No. 1 spot with a 4.8 rating, and Disney Dream follows close behind with a 4.6. The rest of the top 10 are as follows: Disney Fantasy, Celebrity Reflection, Oasis of the Seas, Disney Wonder, Allure of the Seas, Disney Magic, Celebrity Silhouette, and Freedom of the Seas.

If you’re open on the price point, size, and destination, scroll through our list and see which ships everyday cruisers say are the best.

On the other hand, if you have a set price, size, or location you’re looking for, choose the filters that best suit your needs. 

For example, looking for a moderately priced, large ship sailing to the Caribbean? Select “$$” or “$$$,” the “L,” and click Caribbean from the drop-down list of destinations.

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^Your filters will look like this.

Once you pick your filters, the top ship according to the selections will float to the top of the page. 

In this case, Celebrity Reflection ranks highest with a 4.5 rating and 76 member reviews.

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Click the “All member reviews” link to read what Cruiseline.com members thought of their sailing on the ship. This will bring you to that ship’s individual page, which has photos, reviews, tips, and more. For some ships, we even have an expert review from a Bon Voyage writer who sailed on that ship.

Looking for a budget cruise to the Caribbean? Simply select “$” and Caribbean, and the highest-ranked ship will rise to the top.

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Looks like Royal Caribbean tops this list.

Or maybe you’re looking for the best XL ship, which has more than 4,000 passengers.

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Now, Disney Cruise Line ships take the top spots.

What ship do you think is the best?

28 2 / 2014

March Madness Leaderboard Contest is back!

It’s that time of year again: March Madness on Cruiseline.com! We’re about to start shelling out some seriously sweet travel swag to our community of cruising connoisseurs, and we won’t stop till the month is through. 

How do I get my hands on said swag you ask? Prepare to be amazed at how easy it really is. No basketball brackets necessary.

Head to Cruiseline.com, sign up to be a member (if you already are then you’re a rock star), and begin sharing your personal cruise experiences — the good, the bad, and the ugly — by writing reviews or uploading photos. But don’t stop there; keep racking up points by offering insider tips, chatting it up in the forum, checking in for roll call, or commenting on other reviews.

Simply filling out your profile can push you ahead of the pack. Uploading a profile picture alone gets you 10 points! You could do this in your sleep, right? Maybe, but we wouldn’t suggest it. 

Any member that hits 100 points each week will receive a prize and at the end of the month, one ultimate Cruiseline.com community king of the world will be crowned and handsomely rewarded, of course — because that’s the kind of people we are.

It all kicks off March 1 at 12 am EST and concludes March 31 at 11:59 pm, so mark your calendar! Check back every day to see how you’re doing, and challenge your fellow cruisers to some friendly competition. 

Here’s what 100 points will win you in week 1:

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Spot your bag with ease with this blue luggage identifier! Just attach it around your suitcase and leave all the other boring black bags in your dust.

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20 2 / 2014

New Feature Shows When You Can Get The Best Deal On A Cruise

Do you have an itinerary you’re dying to sail? Or a new ship you’ve been waiting to try? If you have flexible sailing dates, our new price graph feature shows you when you can nab the best deal on your ideal cruise.

Once you find the cruise you’re interested in, scan to the right side of the page where the prices are listed.  

See the graph next to the sail date?

^It looks like this.

Click the graph, and a new window will open (so disable pop-up blocking!).

What appears in the new window is a month-by-month graph of the prices on your selected ship and itinerary.

Above is a Caribbean sailing on Disney Cruise Line, and as you can see, the price dramatically increases over the summer months. 

This is an Alaska sailing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that shows the best deal would be to sail at the end of May or the end of August.

And here is a price graph for a Hawaii sailing on Norwegian Cruise Line that clearly displays how much prices increase in April.

Hover your mouse over the points on the graph, and the exact price for a cruise on that date will appear. 

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Click on the point, and you will be taken to one of our partner sites, where you can complete the booking process.

Just so you know, Cruiseline.com does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. This new feature will help you see when the best deal is available, but contact a travel agent or one of our partners to book and lock in the price.

12 2 / 2014

Most Popular Cruise Reviews of 2013

From great photos to insightful tips, these reviews have what it takes to make it to the top.  Interestingly, four out of the 10 reviews were negative, including the most popular review.

Want your review to get noticed? Learn from the champs and add detail and images — it pays off! Check out the 10 reviews with the highest page views:

Image courtesy of Cruiseline.com member hawaiijos.

10. Would Have Been Great Except For The Many Bugs Over The Bed Wall In Our Stateroom

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Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Member: WELOVETOCRUISE

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars 

“When we went to go to sleep in our mini suite, room 12796, the first day on the Breakaway … we turned off all of the lights except over our bed and saw there were bugs all over the wall.” Read More»

9. NOT WORTH THE MONEY- WAS NOT A FUN CRUISE

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Ship: Norwegian Breakway

Member: nynyCruiser

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

“While this ship is beautiful, I just think that Carnival and Royal Caribbean are much better options that Norwegian.” Read More»

8.  Carnival Problems!!

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Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Member: SailorDon

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars 

“Booked a cruise on the second sailing eight months prior and Carnival cancelled the entire cruise. Just another problem with their bunch of floating toilets. Stay far away from Carnival unless you want your vacation ruined.” Read More »

7. Carnival Elation Cruise Review to Caribbean-Western

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Ship: Carnival Elation

Member: DonnaSha

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

“This was my daughter’s first cruise….now she understands why I am hooked. We both wanted to just stay on the ship when it was over.” Read More»

6. Be careful who you book your cruise with

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Ship: Carnival Elation

Member: simba

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

“They got the room wrong, the bedding situation wrong, and the dining time wrong. It took us a while to get everything straighted out once on the ship.” Read More»

5. Elation 4 day cruise from New Orleans

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Ship: Carnival Elation

Member: Theretohavefun

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

“This was my first trip taking my 83 year old Mom in a wheelchair. I was very concerned and had never left from New Orleans before. Everything was Great!” Read More»

4. Carnival Sunshine 12 day Europe

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Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Member: hawaiijos

Rating: 4 out of 5 star 

“We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we were excited about the renovation of the Sunshine. Overall, with some minor issues, it was a fabulous trip.” Read More»

3. once you cruise you never loose

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Ship: Carnival Imagination

Member: DivaLaCruise

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

“There are countless things to do onboard…truly something for everyone. My husband & I took this cruise as an anniversary trip however there were lots of families as well as other couples.” Read More»

2. Relaxing and Fun, Great Cruise!!!

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Ship: Celebrity Silhouette

Member: Jenniye5

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

“A beautiful boat, and good food. Nice, friendly service, and we met some new friends! They do try to nickle and dime you at times with specialty coffees, or bottled water, but if you can do without, you’ll be fine!” Read more»

1. Our expectations were not met.

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Ship: Carnival Sunshine

Member: Larytet

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars 

“The swimming pool was closed. Carnival credited $100 to compensate the missing swimming pool. The ship is just after $150mil renovation … Money well spent guys, ah?” Read More »

Thanks for contributing to Cruiseline.com, and keep ’em coming! 

07 10 / 2013

New Feature - Follow your favorite cruise line and ship!

Are you a fan of a specific cruise line or ship? Cruiseline.com recently rolled out a way for our users to keep tabs on their favorites.

To “Follow” a cruise line or ship, simply go to the line or ship’s page on Cruiseline.com, such as http://cruiseline.com/ship/disney-magic or http://cruiseline.com/cruiseline/norwegian-cruise-line, and click the blue Follow button.

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Once you do, you will receive a weekly email on Saturdays with the latest reviews, tips, and photos. You can always see which cruise lines and ships you are following on your profile page.

Here is an example email if you were following Celebrity Cruises:

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If you were following Carnival Liberty this past week, here are the latest tips you would get:

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Can’t pick one favorite? “Follow” as many as you want and stay on top of what’s happening in the Cruiseline.com community.

Follow your favorite cruise line or ship today and get the latest reviews, tips and photos delivered to your email box!

Love our new feature, or hate it? Have a totally unrelated question or suggestion? Don’t hesitate to email hello@cruiseline.com. We’d love to hear your feedback!

19 7 / 2013

NEW Features - Photo Commenting And Sorting

We’re always looking to add features that make Cruiseline.com more fun to use … and today we rolled out two exciting photo features. 

Photo Commenting

Since adding photo sharing, the community has uploaded over 2800 photos! While you can “like” a photo on Cruiseline.com, commenting is way more fun. So, we’ve added the ability to comment on the right side of every image. Simply log in (or sign up), enter your comment, and hit submit. Once you comment, the owner of the photo will receive an email with a link to the image and your comment. Here is an example, on one of my favorite images from GTVCruiser:

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Photo Sorting

Now that you can “like” and comment on photos, we had to create a way for you to easily get to the photos with the most comments and likes. There is now a new page called All Member Photos (click on View All Photos from the Member Albums page). Simply click the sort button and re-sort the photos by ‘Most Likes’ or ‘Most Comments’. 

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There you have it! Please continue sharing your photos … and enjoy the new commenting and sorting features. Remember, each photo earns you 3 points - this is the easiest way to rack up points on Cruiseline.com!

By the way, we also added a leaderboard here to see who is adding the most photos! We can’t wait to see your photos and comments.

As always, don’t hesitate to email us at hello@cruiseline.com with your ideas or suggestions!

11 7 / 2013

Introducing our new online travel magazine – Bon Voyage!


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In June 2013, Cruiseline.com launched Bon Voyage, a digital travel magazine designed to speak to everyone from first-time cruisers to the most passionate aficionados. Now, you can go to our online magazine for expert ship reviews, insightful port guides, newsy trend pieces, and smart tips from some of the best travel writers in the world.

This blog will now be used exclusively for updates and announcements from Cruiseline.com on new services and products available on our site.

14 5 / 2013

5 Fruit Carvings that will Blow Your Mind


Carved fruit and vegetables have become a staple on cruises, where talented chefs wow passengers with new designs, recognizable characters and intricate details. They’re amazing, and they go way beyond just cucumber roses and carrot fish nets. Check out these impressive examples our own members have spotted:

1. Shrek
Onboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas, chefs created this display of Shrek and his friends, carved out of watermelon, oranges, melon and blueberries.

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2. A Bird of Prey
This elaborate bird was carved out of watermelon and displayed on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Spirit.

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Image courtesy of Cruiseline.com member Mikeomni1

3. Rabbits
This band of bunnies was made out of oranges, mangoes, pineapples grapes, and lemon peels, and spotted on a buffet aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2.

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4. A Couple of Pirates
Check out the swashbuckling, one-eyed pirate (and his pretty girlfriend), both of which were carved out of watermelon — along with a “Welcome Aboard” sign — for the Welcome Banquet on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas.

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Image courtesy of Cruiseline.com member Shatzie

5. Viking
This seafaring warrior, who has grapes for eyes, was carved out of watermelon and adorned the buffet on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas.

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Image courtesy of Cruiseline.com member GTVCruiser

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