Destinations: Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico

Activities: Boating, Deep-sea Fishing, Eat, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Shopping, Sightseeing, Sleep, Snorkeling, Spas, Swimming, Whale Watching

For scenery, variety and hassle-free travel, it’s hard to beat an ocean cruise. The current popularity of cruises can be traced to the inherent benefits they offer to a traveler: multiple destinations on one trip; beautiful and ever-changing scenery; and best of all, food, drink, lodging, activities and transportation are all provided for at once.

One of the first “long-distance” pleasure cruisers was Joshua Slocum—who single-handedly sailed around the world from 1895 to 1898. Not many people have three whole years to spend at sea, but the fact that ocean covers 71 percent of the earth’s surface mean that you could! It also means there is no shortage of destinations to explore on a cruise ship.

The Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise destinations, especially trips to the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and Barbados. Alaskan cruises offer breathtaking, rugged scenery, the Mediterranean’s French Riviera is popular with stops at Cannes and Monaco. Exotic cruises around New Zealand and Australia are quickly becoming traveler favorites as well.

Articles About Cruises

Best Glaciers to See in Alaska

With more than 100,000 of these ice masses, many in retreat, Alaska’s glacial wonders are hard to miss—for now.

Cruising the Yangtze River

If you plan to take a Yangtze River cruise, plan ahead and make sure the accommodations match your expectations.

Cruise Line Review From a Childhood Cruiser

Our photo editor recalls what she loved—and did not love—from the many family cruises she took as a kid.

Finding the Right Cruise Destination

Not every cruise itinerary fits every type of traveler. Read our cruise expert’s recommendations for how to find your ideal cruise and season to travel.

5 Cruise Myths Debunked

Got cruising concerns? Read about common cruise misconceptions from a no-longer maiden voyager to learn what not to expect on a cruise vacation.

Family Cruise Primer

Find out why cruises are an excellent choice for making planning a family vacation easy and affordable.

A Successful First-Time Family Cruise

Learn from the author's first family cruise to the Caribbean how to make your cruise vacation a success.

Barge Voyage in France’s Champagne Region

Gourmet meals and French wines combine with on-shore cultural excursions for an unforgettable river cruise through the French countryside.

How to Choose and Book Your Ideal Cruise Vacation

Read our expert’s insight into the major cruise lines and tips for booking your cruise travel.

10 Tips for How to Pack for A Family Cruise

Fewer wardrobe changes and more incidentals will make for smoother sailing on a cruise.

How to Plan a Multigenerational Cruise

Grandparents, toddlers and everyone in between are sure to find onboard activities and entertainment to suit their interests.

Cruising to Mexico

Mexican cruises offer families warm temperatures, native art and culture, and plenty of adventure.

Family Cruising: Three Generations, One Cabin

Can four family members from different age groups survive in one stateroom?

Nile Cruises: In the Footsteps of Pharoahs

Discover Egypt’s historic waterway in all its grandeur with a cruise along the world-famous Nile River.

Tips For First-Time Cruisers

Don’t let cruising jitters sink your ship. Our cruise expert offers ways to save money and ensure a smooth-sailing cruise vacation—before, during and after your voyage.

Top Shore Excursions

Want to know what to do in port? Take our expert’s advice and don’t miss these key attractions for cruise ports around the world.

Feel Like Royalty on a Queen Mary 2 Cruise

Be queen for a week on the Queen Mary 2, a magnificent ocean liner with routes across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and more.

Teen Tested Vacation Spots

Recommended destinations for parents whose teens would rather be grounded than go on a vacation with the family.

Memories of Family Cruises Past

Though no longer a teen, our photo editor grew up going on annual family cruises. Read about her favorite childhood cruise memories and favorite cruise lines for kids.

Summer Travel Deals: Hawaii, Steamboat Cruises, Tanglewood and NYC

Summertime living is easy for families, with deals from the Big Island, to steamboat river tours, to New York City’s Flatotel.

Cruise Deals: Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean

Cruise lines welcome children aboard for free, reward families with a gift card and free airfare, and offer reduced prices.

Cruise Discounts, Island Savings, Kids Cook for Parents Package

Costa Rica cruise discount and new yoga retreat, Cayman Islands and Mackinac Island both welcome families with savings packages and discounts, and the Omni Hotels in Texas teach the kids to cater to parents.

Luxury Travel Deals Sure to Please Boomers

Find luxurious bargains that will make the over-50 set happy including a free night at the Four Seasons and a $500 air credit from MSC cruises.

Family Deals: Cruise, Ski, Spa

Special offers for Alaska cruises, Beaver Creek ski getaways and spa programs for teens

Family Deals: From Italy to the Caribbean

Read about our latest weekly deals for family getaways from Disney, Royal Caribbean and Nickelodeon, Beaches Resorts and Great Wolf Lodge.

Cause Abroad, American Girl Experience and Family Deals

Walk for charity, pamper your American Girl, visit Vancouver and bring the whole crew for cheap to Ireland or Mexico.

Cruise Ships Once Again Steam to St. Croix

St. Croix is celebrating the New Year with the much-anticipated return of popular cruise lines to the Caribbean island destination after several years of little to no cruise ship activity.

Family Cruises Provide Something for Everyone

There’s no need to leave the kids at home when you can plan a family cruise vacation that satisfies all in the family.

2009 Hot Travel Deals

The economy may be in the tank, but there are some super savings on travel to top destinations to be had. Learn where here.

Peter Greenberg’s Tips for Budget Travel

The ‘Today’ show travel editor reveals industry secrets and handy tips for finding the best deals when traveling on a budget during economic down times.

Setting Sail With Cruise Bookings on TravelMuse

TravelMuse has added the ability to book cruises on our site, so we’re kicking off this new feature with a special cruise issue.