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9 strategies for cruising nirvana

Why are some cruise travelers smarter than others? Simply put, they’ve been there, done that, and through trial and error have concocted strategies that avoid travel mishaps. Here are some tips that guarantee smooth sailing from cruisers in the know.

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Titanic-sized medical bill surprises cruising couple

Susan and Larry Smith just wanted to enjoy their first-ever trans-Atlantic voyage aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. But when Larry Smith experienced chest pains that landed him in the ship’s infirmary, they were headed for a shock: a medical bill for $1,200.

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Fogged out and frustrated

This weekend dense fog in the Gulf of Mexico delayed three cruise ships from docking in Galveston, Texas. Of course the delays were frustrating for passengers on board the ships as well as those awaiting to start their cruises….

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Panama cruise shipwrecked

Fred and Deborah Marenna were looking forward to celebrating their 25th anniversary on the Carnival Miracle. It was the perfect itinerary for celebrating as it would visit exotic Panama and Costa Rica. But the day before the Connecticut couple…

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When the wind blows: A cruiser’s guide to surviving hurricane season

It’s two months into 2009 hurricane season and the first tropical storms and major hurricane are impacting a number cruises in the Caribbean. Last weekend, Tropical Storm Ana doused much of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Hurricane Bill became the first hurricane of the season, and is currently a Category 4 storm. So what happens to guests on cruises that are affected by storms?

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Poof! European cruise goes up in smoke

Texas residents Shirley Campbell and Cynthia Jeffries had planned to spend several weeks cruising Europe on the trip of a lifetime. The friends booked two back-to-back cruises on two different cruise lines. The first cruise was great. But the second cruise caused Campbell to become very ill, which forced her to abandon ship. Why? Too much cigarette smoke.

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