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Cruise Articles

Vacations To Go has reprinted recent cruise articles from two premier national travel publications, Vacations and Travel 50 & Beyond. Just click any title below to see the full article.

A Royal Sailing with Star Clippers by Lindsay Lindquist
Discover small-ship sailing and Mediterranean wonders with Star Clippers. The word "sailing" conjures up images of conquistadors crossing the ocean to a new world, or the navies of the Roman Empire as they glide on the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The spirit of those grand voyages is alive and well on the largest five-masted, fully rigged ship on the sea today, the Royal Clipper.

Aboard Cunard's QM2 by Elizabeth Armstrong
The first pangs of anticipation struck when we caught a glimpse of the Queen Mary 2 from the windows of our New York City cab. The distinctive, black-hulled ship with classic good looks towered above the Brooklyn cruise terminal. On this July afternoon, it welcomed guests coming aboard for a six-night trans-Atlantic voyage to Southampton, England.

Absolute Serenity on Crystal Cruises by Karen Northridge
Enrich your mind, revive your spirit and renew your body on Crystal Cruises' newest ship, the Crystal Serenity. Some vacations leave you invigorated. Some leave you relaxed. A few leave you ready for more. A cruise on the Crystal Serenity does it all. This is a beautiful ship with lots to do -- or not -- depending only on you.

Accessible Cruises by Jennifer Davoren
With the launch of Vacations To Go's new Web site for travelers with special needs, people with disabilities can tap into a complete source of information for planning and booking accessible cruise vacations.

Amazing Alaska, by Land and by Sea by Katie Solan
An Alaskan cruise offers some spectacular sights -- from larger-than-life breaching humpback whales to the calvings of ancient glaciers into icy seas. The coastal ports along the way also offer a look at the cultures and historical events that have shaped Alaska, from Russian settlements to gold rush boomtowns.

Carefree Cruising in the Caribbean and Bahamas by Katie Solan
Sail from one tropical paradise to the next on a Bahamas or Caribbean itinerary. It's an image of idyllic bliss -- leafy coconut palm trees sway in the ocean breeze, and white-sand beaches, sparkling in the tropical sun, stretch for miles and absorb the ebb and flow of the ocean tides.

Cruise Free as a Group Leader by Katie Solan
For an easygoing vacation with your friends, family or co-workers, look no further than a group cruise. You can travel to far-flung ports of call on an amenity-filled "floating resort," where your meals, entertainment and lodging are all included in the cruise price.

Cruising the British Isles on Regent's Seven Seas Voyager by Karen Northridge
Life is good on Regent's Seven Seas Voyager. For 11 days, I reveled in the luxury of the Seven Seas Voyager, where you can set out your scuffed shoes at night and know that the butler will have them ready in the morning.

Cunard's New Queen by Lindsay Lindquist
The Queen Victoria carries on Cunard's tradition of classic cruising with impeccable service. With stately elegance and a mixture of regal British charm and modern sophistication, Queen Victoria fulfills the expectations both of loyal Cunard guests and travelers enjoying the Cunard experience for the first time.

Discover Bermuda on a Cruise by Katie Solan
Tropical allure, pink-sand beaches and British charm mingle on this lovely island. Located 650 miles east of North Carolina's Cape Hatteras in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is an inviting destination for golfers, sunbathers and snorkelers, where fresh ocean breezes mingle with the floral scents of the island's gardens.

Escape to the Tropics by Lindsay Lindquist
I’m 20 stories above the Atlantic Ocean, wind whipping through my hair, walking a tightrope on my way to The Plank of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest and largest ship, the Norwegian Escape. All I can think about is just that — escape!

Experience Iceland on a Regent Cruise by Karen Northridge
Find hot springs, cool glaciers and Viking history on a six-star cruise to this Scandinavian Isle. Iceland is a place of contrasts, where active volcanoes still add new territory and glaciers cover 11 percent of the land.

In the Mediterranean With Windstar by Elizabeth Armstrong
Enjoy a casually elegant atmosphere aboard the sleek, elegant Wind Surf. The 308-passenger ship is the largest of three vessels operated by Windstar, a cruise line whose impeccable, breezy style perfectly mirrors the seemingly effortless approach to life embraced in towns along the Mediterranean Sea.

Mediterranean Cruise Mosaic on Silversea by Karen Northridge
It is easy to love the Mediterranean. It's the color of the sea, the sparkling sun gently warming the air, flowers spilling from balconies and down cliffs. It's the winding alleys of walled, medieval towns. And, on this trip, it was also the new friendships made amid the total luxury of Silversea's Silver Whisper.

Singles at Sea by Jennifer Davoren
Find camaraderie and fun aboard a hosted singles cruise. This type of trip mixes the exciting destinations of a cruise -- in Alaska, the Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera, for instance -- with the enthusiasm and expertise of a private activities director.

South America by Sea by Jennifer Davoren
From the chic scenes of Rio to the jungles of the Amazon, cruises showcase this alluring continent. Trek, tango or wine and dine your sweetheart -- South America offers a diverse array of pursuits in its exotic locales.

Stretching a Ship by Ted Walker
Learn how cruise ships are expanded and refurbished to create better, more spacious vessels. As cruise lines compete more fiercely for business each year, they seem willing to do just about anything to offer the most innovative and entertaining onboard experiences that technology will allow. From ice-skating rinks to rock-climbing walls and oceangoing planetariums, bigger is better in the world of cruising.

The Magic of Mexico by Jennifer Davoren
Drop anchor in these cruise destinations and find glorious beaches, Mayan culture, colonial heritage and a fiesta atmosphere. Pounding Pacific waves on one coast, cool Caribbean currents on the other -- with two such stunning shores to choose from, it's no wonder that Mexico has become one of the world's top cruise destinations.

Uniquely SeaDream by Karen Northridge
A yachtlike cruise ship carries just 110 passengers as it sails to less-traveled islands in the Eastern Caribbean. In just seven days, I felt as if I belonged on SeaDream. That's the result of the cruise line's hospitality and casual style. There are no unnecessary rules to spoil the illusion that the ship and its mates are at your beck and call.