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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!

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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. Read More... Visit

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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Cruise vacations booming in Europe

Over 1.8 million German vacationers took a trip on a cruise liner last year - more than from any other nation in Europe. Britain and Ireland combined were a close second. According to the Hamburg-based Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), last ...

Published:  Thu, 23 Jun 2016 14:46:00 GMT

Carnival whipsaws despite strong quarter, $1 billion buyback

More advance bookings for cruise vacations and higher ticket prices helped Carnival set its full-year guidance up approximately 3.5 percent versus 3 percent earlier in March. "Our ongoing effort to drive demand for our brands in excess of our measured ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 10:33:00 GMT

Booking a cruise: Travel agent vs. cruise line

There is indeed so much to be discovered and learned about. Aside from destinations, shore excursions are what make cruise vacations just as memorable. Cruises have plenty of fun and adventure for families to take in. They certainly give families plenty of ...

Published:  Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:24:00 GMT

Crystal Cruises returning to Port Everglades in 2017

"This will enhance our cruise portfolio with a very high-end option." Crystal, which is known for its upscale all-inclusive cruise vacations, "has carved out a niche that offers the amenities and activities associated with larger vessels, as well as top ...

Published:  Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:48:00 GMT

Princess Cruises Announces Thirst-Quenching Sip & Sail Cruise Promotion

More than 350 cruise vacations for Summer 2017 to Spring 2018 are on sale to destinations around the globe. In addition to great fares, Sip & Sail includes unprecedented offers to sweeten the deal. Guests booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite staterooms ...

Published:  Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:52:00 GMT

Princess Cruises Announces Thirst-Quenching Sip & Sail Cruise Promotion. South Carolina SC

Greater than 350 cruise vacations for Summer time 2017 to Spring 2018 are on sale to destinations across the globe.Along with tremendous fares, Sip & Sail consists of unprecedented offers to sweeten the deal. Guests booking a balcony, mini-suite or suite ...

Published:  Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:51:00 GMT

All aboard the Azamara Quest, an adults-only sex-themed cruise

Travellers who find their cruise vacations are lacking the sort of "je ne sais quoi" that only some naked co-mingling and erotic playrooms can provide are in for an aphrodisiacal treat. Call it the literal (make) love boat, if you will. Mexican adult ...

Published:  Sun, 12 Jun 2016 20:37:00 GMT




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