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.

Best Ways to Save Money Before You Cruise

We want you to be fully prepared before you head off on your cruise vacation. Here are tips to help you save money before you cruise so you'll more to spend while on board.

Why Smaller Cruise Ships Can Be Better Than Big Ones

What is it that can make smaller ships better than today's biggest vessels, and which size is best for your cruise vacation?

10 Reasons Why People Keep Cruising

Once you have completed your first cruise ship vacation you'll want to keep going back. Here are some reasons why people keep cruising over and over again.

10 Easy Ways Not to Waste Money on a Cruise

Those savings can sink to the bottom of the ocean if you're not careful! Here are 10 ways not to waste money on a cruise ship vacation. Follow these money-saving tips and take note!

5 Things New Cruisers Should Always Do on a Cruise

New cruisers will want to read these tips to make sure you have the best experience on your cruise ship vacation.

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.