Melissa Mayntz

Avid, enthusiastic cruiser (30 cruises and counting!), having sailed on multiple cruise lines, 20+ different ships in a variety of classes, and visited ports of call in more than 6 countries, including Caribbean, Mexican, Alaskan, and Hawaiian ports. Widely traveled on multiple continents, as well as a professional freelance writer and editor with more than 18 years experience and thousands of articles published. Find out more about us here.

Things You Can’t Take on a Cruise

While many travelers are afraid of forgetting some crucial item, there are certain items that should never be part of your cruise luggage. Here are tips on items you can't take.

Which Staterooms to Book on a Carnival Cruise

So which Carnival cruise stateroom is right for you? We've got some tips to guide you through the interior, oceanview, balcony and suite cabins.

10 Reasons Why You Should Cruise From Florida

PortMiami, Tampa, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades are just a few reasons why you should take a cruise from Florida. All the major cruise lines offer Caribbean cruises from the Sunshine State.

Tips to Disembarking a Cruise Ship

Some tips to guide you through disembarking a cruise ship when back in port. Getting off the ship at the end of your vacation can be stressful.

5 Cruise Ship Itineraries to Book in the Caribbean

If you're thinking of a Caribbean cruise then here are some stunning destinations you will enjoy. There are so many different islands to choose from when it comes to Caribbean itineraries.

How Much Should You Tip Crew Members

A cruise gratuity guide on how much you should tip crew members at the end of your cruise vacation. Make sure you reward the hard-working crew and details on the automatic tipping.

What to Do Onboard a Cruise Ship in Bad Weather

Here's how you can deal with mother nature while on the cruise ship in bad weather. Cruise tips on what to expect from the cruise line and how to handle those bad conditions at sea.

The Best Ways to Save Money During a Cruise

Here are the best ways to save money during the cruise. What you can while onboard the ship, what costs more and what you don't pay for.

When Is the Best Time to Go on a Cruise?

If you're are thinking of traveling on a cruise ship then when exactly is the best time to go? Some tips on booking and the type of voyage you might want.
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