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Embrace the local culture for a truly memorable destination cruise

Rich Stieff
Agency Owner and Travel Specialist
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Expert advice on luxury cruising

Karolina Shenton
Marketing & Sales Operations Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc.
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How to enjoy your Disney cruise

Christine Hardenberger
The Vacation Architect
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How to make your next river cruise an even sweeter deal

Lisa Coleman
Leisure Travel Consultant, CITM
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How to save big on cruise shore excursions

Jennifer Dombrowski
Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of JdombsTravels.com
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Cruise etiquette 101

M. Ann Cappa, A.C.C., D.S.
Travel Consultant
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Choosing an Antarctica cruise

Mary Curry
Voyage Product Director/Trip Planner
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Cruising

Today, the variety of cruises encompass so much more than the Miami to Caribbean jaunt. Though this island hopping cruise through azure waters is still wildly popular, there are seemingly endless types of cruise experiences waiting to be explored: Antarctic cruises, river cruises, luxury cruises and theme cruises where you can cruise with your favorite rock stars (KISS, anyone?), back in time (Gold Rush Alaska) or hobby (yoga in Costa Rica). Before you book your cruise, you’ll need expert advice from seasoned travel pros like cruise planners, travel agents, and cruise consultants. ExpertBeacon’s experts will take the guess work out of not only finding the right cruise, but how to handle cruise emergencies, cruise etiquette, and even how to save money on shore excursions.

Plan an unforgettable and stress-free family cruise vacation

Pat Shouldice Travel Professional Cruise Adventure 4 U - We’re Not Just Cruises

Cruise ships are being built with multi-generational families in mind. With so many options for family cruise vacations, finding the right one is half the fun but can also be information overload. We'll provide you with some practical advice that will make your family cruise vacation unforgettable and stress-free.

Pat ShouldiceTravel Professional

Specializing in Voyages to Antiquity, niche lines and cruise but extremely knowledgeable about destinations and land vacations. Member of the first Norwegian Cruise Line Travel Agent Advisory - one of only 7 members. Graduated from Norwegian C...

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Start planning now so that you can relax and enjoy your first Caribbean cruise

Rich Stieff Agency Owner and Travel Specialist Cruise Rich Vacations

The easiest path to planning a Caribbean cruise is starting early and using an expert to do all the legwork for you!

Rich StieffAgency Owner and Travel Specialist

Rich Stieff is the owner of Cruise Rich Vacations and has been planning organizing group travel and individual vacations for many years. Rich believes in experiencing the travel he sells and usually cruises 5 or more ships each year to learn fir...

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Expert advice on luxury cruising

Karolina Shenton Marketing & Sales Operations Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc. The Cruise Web

Have you been good? Have you been very good? Do you deserve a little luxury? If so, you are ready for a luxury cruise! That’s right, go ahead and treat yourself. However, both first-time and experienced cruisers alike need to be prepared for a true luxury cruise. Here are a few important dos and don’ts that will make your luxury voyage perfect in every way.

Karolina ShentonMarketing & Sales Operations Manager, The Cruise Web, Inc.

Karolina Shenton has worked in the travel industry for a decade, specializing in cruises. The Cruise Web is a cruise-only travel agency that focuses on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cru...

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How to make your next river cruise an even sweeter deal

Cruised the big liners one too many times? Taken too many motor coach tours in one lifetime? Don’t miss the opportunity to take a slower journey, perhaps winding through four countries along the Rhine, or maybe the Danube on a European river cruise.

Lisa ColemanLeisure Travel Consultant, CITM

Having worked in the leisure cruise industry for over four years, I have watched river cruising become a phenomenal success. I’ve found that for travelers who want to experience a high-quality luxury cruise product, Viking River Cruises offer an...

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Cruise etiquette 101

Well, you’ve done it. You’ve finally decided to plan a cruise. Now, what kind of behavior is expected on a cruise? There are great variety of cruises from which to choose from, but here are some etiquette tips you’ll want to know, no matter which cruise you have chosen. You’ll find these tips useful on your perfect cruise.

M. Ann Cappa, A.C.C., D.S.Travel Consultant

With 35 years of involvement in corporate travel, and over a decade in providing the best in leisure travel, we bring great value to the vacation experience. With our free consultation, we help some of the coolest people on the planet create mem...

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How to handle cruise emergencies

You are sailing over the deep blue sea, enjoying your cruise, when tragedy strikes. Perhaps there is an emergency back home. Perhaps you have become ill or been the victim of a crime while ashore. No one likes to think about these types of emergencies occurring during a well-deserved vacation, but they do happen. Proper preparation, as well as the proper handling of an emergency, can make all the difference. Knowing what to have and whom to speak to can minimize the stress and may even save your vacation!

Christine HardenbergerThe Vacation Architect

Christine Hardenberger (The Vacation Architect­­­­­­­) can help you navigate the travel maze. She is an authority on Disney, Universal Studios, and cruise vacations, but she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. She has been recently featured...

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Embrace the local culture for a truly memorable destination cruise

Rich Stieff Agency Owner and Travel Specialist Cruise Rich Vacations

There are two important factors used in determining a cruise vacation. First, choose the destinations you want to visit. Then choose the vessel you want to use to reach that dream destination. Both are important decisions in helping to make sure you have a fabulous adventure.

Rich StieffAgency Owner and Travel Specialist

Rich Stieff is the owner of Cruise Rich Vacations and has been planning organizing group travel and individual vacations for many years. Rich believes in experiencing the travel he sells and usually cruises 5 or more ships each year to learn fir...

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Professional advice that will assure a memorable first theme cruise

Pat Shouldice Travel Professional Cruise Adventure 4 U - We’re Not Just Cruises

So you're thinking of splurging for that Beatles Tribute Band Cruise, KISS Cruise or Comi Con at Sea. Make your first theme cruise unforgettable by following this expert planning advice with the help of your travel professional who can help you navigate the seas of what you can expect on themed travel.

Pat ShouldiceTravel Professional

Specializing in Voyages to Antiquity, niche lines and cruise but extremely knowledgeable about destinations and land vacations. Member of the first Norwegian Cruise Line Travel Agent Advisory - one of only 7 members. Graduated from Norwegian C...

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How to enjoy your Disney cruise

A Disney cruise is a dream vacation for many families. Disney fans old and young alike look forward to amazing ships, unique Disney experiences, five-star service and, of course, lots of time with their Disney pals! It’s hard to go wrong with a vacation where your every whim is satisfied. Still, having some insider information will make your trip even more enjoyable. Here are some tips for making the most of your Disney cruise and minimizing any possible stress!

Christine HardenbergerThe Vacation Architect

Christine Hardenberger (The Vacation Architect­­­­­­­) can help you navigate the travel maze. She is an authority on Disney, Universal Studios, and cruise vacations, but she loves to travel anywhere and everywhere. She has been recently featured...

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How to save big on cruise shore excursions

Hiking on a volcano, visiting ancient ruins, shopping at a local market...These activities are as much a part of your cruise vacation as sailing on the high seas. To enhance your cruise experience, cruise ships offer a variety of shore excursions to help you while away your day in port. But shore excursions can be pricey and turn that great deal you got on your sailing into one expensive trip. Follow these tips to save big on your cruise shore excursions.

Jennifer DombrowskiCo-founder and Editor-in-Chief of JdombsTravels.com

Jennifer Dombrowski is an innovation manager and social media strategist in the field of higher education. Based in Italy with her husband, Tim, they have a passion for travel and love discovering the world. Follow her on twitter @jdomb....

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Choosing an Antarctica cruise

Finding the right Antarctica cruise for your interests can be a difficult task involving a lot of online research and hours of reading. Simplify your Antarctica travel planning by following these do's and don'ts that will help to quickly and easily find the best match for you.

Mary CurryVoyage Product Director/Trip Planner

I'm a Missoula native who has been with Adventure Life almost from the beginning. With its family friendly policies and adventure-minded staff, Adventure Life is the perfect fit for me. I love to travel, especially on multisport trips such as th...

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Would you enjoy a river cruise vacation?

Cruising riverboat style: Is it the right choice for your next vacation? These are the top considerations to see if river cruising should be on your top travel list.

Diane HoffmanHoffman Travel /Virtuoso Travel Specialist

Diane Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Travel, has been a travel specialist for over 25 years. Her experience spans the entire spectrum of travel, including her position as Culinary Travel adviser for Saveur Magazine. She has managed a European tour co...

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