Plan Your Cruise During National Plan a Cruise Month

Cruising is a fantastic vacation value. Boarding your floating hotel to sail to exciting ports of call while only unpacking just once is a great way to get a taste of a new part of the world. Cruises come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from small ship river vessels for truly immersive experiences to enormous ships capable of carrying 6,000 guests while providing a multitude of entertainment options from Broadway musicals to sky diving simulators. There is a cruise out there for everyone.

Disney Fantasy tendered at Grand Cayman - © 2014 by Marshall Jackson
Disney Fantasy – © 2014 by Marshall Jackson

What Is the Right Cruise Line for Me?

The answer to that question is as varied as the individuals that ask it. The big lines like Carnival, NCL, and Royal Caribbean have a little something for everyone. From surfing simulators to rock climbing walls, you’ll find entertainment. Well-equipped gyms, nightlife, and good food all add to the vacation experience, and these cruise lines offer it by the boat load. Lines like Celebrity and Princess a slightly more refined elegance, a focus on culinary experiences, and relaxation. At the top of the spectrum, small ship lines like Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, or Seabourn offer smaller, more intimate ships, lengthier itineraries, top end dining, and near all-inclusive experiences. River cruise lines offer intimate vessels that sail into the heart of the beautiful cities they visit. No matter which cruise line and cruise style you pick, you will enjoy gracious service and a true vacation away from it all.

Your First (Or 30th) Cruise Could Be Free

October is here. It is a time for fall celebrations, fall breaks, and Halloween. It is also time to plan your cruise because October is National Plan a Cruise Month!


To celebrate, cruise lines are giving away a cruise a day during their #CruiseSmile sweepstakes. According to the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA), “cruise lines are excited give travelers a chance to see the world while discovering the variety of travel experiences the cruise industry has to offer. We know that once a traveler takes a cruise for the first time, they fall in love with the cruise vacation experience. We want to spread the love of cruising through the #CruiseSmile campaign giving everyone a simple way to enter to win a variety of cruise vacations.”

How to Enter

Every day in October you can upload a photo of a great smile and be entered to win a cruise for two from a variety of CLIA member cruise lines. Visit to learn more and enter. Participants can also enter by uploading a photo directly to Twitter or Instagram, using hashtags #CruiseSmile #Sweepstakes and can tag a friend for additional chances to win.

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Contest entries do not roll over from day to day and entrants must upload a new photo each day to be eligible for that day’s prize. The sweepstakes is open to entrants 13 years of age or older. If a minor is selected, a guardian must accept that day’s prize on their behalf. Winners will be selected at random each day in October. Some blackout dates apply and are to be determined by the cruise lines.

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