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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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China Is a Fertile Market for Cruise-Ship Companies

China is shaping up as the next big destination for cruise-ship operators. As more Chinese households enter the middle class and wages rise, cruise vacations are becoming increasingly affordable and popular. Disposable income is climbing steadily in China ...

Published:  Tue, 17 May 2016 11:04:00 GMT

European Cruise Sales: 54 Percent of Agents Surveyed Point Downward

Fifty-four percent of travel advisors polled in a Travel Agent survey are reporting decreased European sales this year. Cochem, Germany, a popular river cruise port call, is shown. Photo by Susan J. Young Dozens of front-line travel agents and agency ...

Published:  Tue, 17 May 2016 01:00:00 GMT

Ensemble Elects New Board of Directors

Scott Kertes, Hartford Holidays Travel, Garden City, N.Y.; Terri Jo Lennox, Travel Time Inc, Calgary, Alberta; Ross Spalding, Crown Cruise Vacations, Princeton, N.J.; Mary Ann Strasheim, Custom Cruises & Travel, Omaha, Neb.; and Lisa Theodoratus ...

Published:  Wed, 11 May 2016 12:44:00 GMT

Princess Cruises 2017 Europe: Best of Mediterranean, Northern Europe and British Isles

The 2017 cruise vacations to Europe include the inaugural sailings of the line's newest ship Majestic Princess. The season features six ships sailing to 119 destinations from the corners of the Mediterranean to the northernmost tip of Europe. Guests can ...

Published:  Wed, 11 May 2016 11:23:00 GMT

Carnival Corp. Unveils Princess Cruise 2017 Europe Itinerary

The 2017 cruise vacations to Europe include the maiden sailing of the line's newest ship Majestic Princess. Six ships would travel to 119 destinations from Mediterranean ports to the northern parts of Europe. Customers have the option to select from as ...

Published:  Thu, 12 May 2016 13:48:00 GMT

Royal Caribbean moves to bolster French and Spanish cruises

"Pullmantur and CDF have a long history of offering authentic, localized cruise vacations to their home markets," Richard D. Fain, Royal's chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "We look forward to the new focus that this joint venture with Springwater ...

Published:  Wed, 11 May 2016 15:15:00 GMT

10 stupid assumptions about cruise vacations

The scary part, I want to tell you right up front, is that these 10 stupid assumptions about cruise vacations that actually do happen. There are things we assume that don't get us in trouble and things that do. Assuming we will get good service on a ...

Published:  Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:00:00 GMT

Royal Caribbean to sell 51% stake in two cruise brands

The change led to an impairment charge of $411 million. "Pullmantur and CDF have a long history of offering authentic, localized cruise vacations to their home markets," said Richard Fain, chairman and chief executive of Royal Caribbean. "We look forward ...

Published:  Wed, 11 May 2016 01:42:00 GMT




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