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Vacation cruises have seen rapid growth in recent years. People enjoy waking up to a new port-of-call adventure every day, without having to unpack and move all their belongings. New ships offer roomy accommodations, a feast of food options, and shipboard activities that boggle the mind. Indeed, many vacation cruise ships now are full-fledged vacation destinations all by themselves.

Book Your Next Cruise With Cruise Direct Today! To be sure, the increased popularity of vacation cruises is also due in part to better affordability. Lower costs for cruises, and the all-inclusive nature of many cruise programs, prove an attractive option for many vacationers.

The internet is, of course, part of the reason for that affordability. Booking a cruise online can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars over traditional booking methods. When reviewing cruise booking sites, the following traits should factor prominently in your consideration:

  • Selection.  What good is a cruise booking site if it only gives you a few options? You want to see and compare the greatest number of destinations and cruise lines possible.
  • Cost.  One big reason for booking a cruise online is to save money. You want a site that reliably gives the best deals.
  • Information.  You may want to research the shipboard amenities, port of call excursions, or read other customer's reviews before booking a cruise. The best cruise vacation sites give you this information and more. has reviewed and ranked the best cruise vacation sites available today. We hope these reviews help you book your next cruise quickly and easily!


Cruise Vacation Reviews

5 stars
Cruise Direct

CRUISE Best-In-Class Blue Ribbon Award

As the name implies, Cruise Direct offers cruises - and does so better than any other site we reviewed. With that focus, Cruise Direct surpasses those vacation sites which try to be all things to all people. Ease of use, low prices, and best guarantee combine to give this site our highest rating.
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4.5 stars
Vacation Outlet


This site is among the easiest we've found to shop for and buy a cruise. Although you can research and purchase other types of vacations from this site, it's clear that cruises are where Vacation Outlet focuses most of its energy. A simple to use format, wealth of information, and low prices give this site a very high score. Read More... Visit

4 stars


No Gnomes here - Travelocity does an admirable job of allowing customers to be able to research, find and book a cruise. With a wealth of travel experience to draw on, Travelocity makes the process simple and affordable. Read More... Visit

4 stars


Priceline made its mark as the first "name your own price" airline fare site, where customers could submit a price for an airfare and see if the airlines accepted it. Over the years they have expanded their repertoire of offerings to include vacation packages and cruises. And they've done it very well. Read More... Visit

3 stars
E Cruises


eCruises offers adequate information in an average site. Although not truly difficult to navigate, eCruises suffers from a lack of excitement and sometimes downright bad navigational setup. But it does supply some good information and can be a good site to do some research.
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2.5 stars
Easy Click Travel


Cruises are not Easy Click Travel's bread and butter, and it shows. This Florida-based company does everything from cars to vacations, from hotels to hotel transfers. While encompassing a lot of travel options, this busy site is not what we'd call pretty or intuitive; and it's depth of cruise information pales in comparison to our higher-rated selections. Read More... Visit

2 stars
Last Minute Travel


This is a sister site to Easy Click Travel. Both are based in Altamonte Springs, FL. The sites look and navigate very much the same except for one difference; while Easy Click Travel focuses on hotels and vacations, Last Minute leads with airline booking. Unfortunately, we consistently found lower cruise fares - and even airfares - on other sites.
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10 Affordable Last-Minute Cruise Vacations

Plan a short jaunt without breaking the bank. With summer coming to a close, kids heading back to school and the stresses of everyday life beginning to set in, it's a great time to hit the open seas for one last hurrah before autumn arrives. And now, with ...

Published:  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:02:00 GMT

Tips to Plan the Perfect Oasis of the Seas Cruise

Conclusion: early is better when planning an Oasis of the Seas cruise. 2. Set a Budget - The great thing about cruise vacations is that they offer an exceptional value, with the cruise fare covering most meals, drinks, and entertainment onboard.

Published:  Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:17:00 GMT

Why you should only book a cruise on a Thursday

Related Galleries Inside the world's largest full-rigged sailing ship Most luxurious cruise suites on the seas Best cruise vacations at every price point "Cruise prices fluctuate with demand and supply," said Britta Bernhard, co-founder of ...

Published:  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 03:00:00 GMT

Zika threat has customers crying foul on cruise lines' inflexible cancellation policies

"I didn't even need to provide a doctor's note,"Ě Scarpinito said. But cruise vacations are expensive, and big liners are relunctant to implement flexible policies that could hurt the bottom line. Big-ship cruises typically average $100 per day per ...

Published:  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:00:00 GMT

MSC Cruises Is Setting up Shop in China, Signaling More Growth

How great is the appetite among Chinese travelers for cruise vacations? International cruise operators think they've only just started testing the waters and demand will continue to grow. - Hannah Sampson The crowded cruise field in China is getting ...

Published:  Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:30:00 GMT

Port of Galveston Has Record-Setting July

Over 90,000 people embarked on cruise vacations with Royal Caribbean and Carnival in July. Carnival Freedom is operating two different western Caribbean itineraries and one Bahamas itinerary out of the port this year. Carnival Breeze is offering week ...

Published:  Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:15:00 GMT

Carnival Extends Agreement at Port Everglades

the world's most popular region for cruise vacations,"Ě said Giora Israel, senior vice president of global port and destination development for Carnival Corporation. "We place great value on the long and successful relationship we have built with the ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:38:00 GMT

Carnival Corporation Extends Agreement with Port Everglades to 2030

the world's most popular region for cruise vacations," said Carnival's senior vice president of global port and destination development Giora Israel in a statement accompanying Tuesday's announcement. Looking ahead, Carnival and the port will discuss ...

Published:  Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:49:00 GMT

Global Cruise Market Sales Revenue, Analysis on Sales Price

The industry has seen significant growth in the number of passengers opting for cruise vacations. Cruising has expanded in recent decades from serving only the very rich to providing activities and entertainment options even for the middle-class vacationers.

Published:  Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:47:00 GMT




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