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My 16 Tips On Packing For Your Cruise Vacation
How to pack for the perfect cruise vacation
Singles Cruising
I traveled as a single adult on my first three cruises. Cruising is a great way to travel single, but there are a few things you should be aware of.
Family Cruising
Cruising is very popular and affordable for families of all sizes. However, there are some things to think about when taking the kids.
Why Buy 3rd Party Travel Insurance?
Some people think that travel insurance is only valuable for elderly travelers or those with serious medical conditions that might impact their cruise. That can be a costly misconception.
Choosing a travel agent
Selecting a travel agent canbe one of the most important decisions you make before booking a cruise vacation.
2016 Editors' Choice Awards
[SUMMARY]The very best of the best in cruise travel for 2016[/SUMMARY]

10 Reasons To Sail With Viking River Cruises
[SUMMARY]The European river cruise segment is exploding and Viking River Cruises is at the forefront. Here's why we think you should consider a Viking River Cruises...
10 Reasons To Sail With Crystal Cruises
Here are our top ten reasons why we believe everyone should experience Crystal...
Tips For Travel To Europe


Can You Really Trust Cruise Reviews?
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Cruise Without Blowing Your Diet
by Chris Dikmen

Updated October 10, 2015

[SUMMARY]Here are some tips...
Cruising For The Physically Challenged
[SUMMARY]After my fourth back surgery I was left with nerve damage. As a result, we have learned several lessons in traveling for the physically challenged.[/SUMMARY]by...
River Cruising
[SUMMARY]The fastest growing segment of the cruise industry is river cruising, but why is river cruising so popular?[/SUMMARY] When The Motion of the Ocean...
Passport Requirements
by Rickee Richardson, Senior Editor If you are...
Luxury Cruising
When Only The Best Will Do By Chris Dikmen...
Getting The Best Deal
Excerpts from The Perfect Cruise - How to Find, Plan and Enjoy The Perfect Cruise Vacation by Chris Dikmen

[SUMMARY]Nobody likes paying...
10 Tips For Having The Perfect Cruise
A cruise vacation can be a significant investment, so it only makes sense that you want your cruise to be...
How To Take Better Pictures On Your Cruise
Who doesn't want to have great photo memories of their cruise vacation? Everyone today has access to photo and video technology...
European River Cruise Showdown
When it comes to selecting a European river cruise, which one is the best?...
Alaska offers well over 500 sailings in 2010 alone. Most of the "mass-market" cruise lines operate larger ships with 2,000+...
Luggage Forward Delivery Service
[SUMMARY]For the third time, we use Luggage Forward to ship our luggage and, once again they deliver![/SUMMARY]


On our 2016 European River Cruise assignment, we were scheduled to be in Europe for three weeks covering two different cruise lines. Once again, we decided to have one of our pieces of luggage shipped to our hotel in Basel, Switzerland (Swissôtel Le Plaza). We also wanted two pieces of luggage shipped home at the conclusion of the cruise. I was able to book the shipping service through the Luggage Forward website (, which is very straightforward and easy to use. When our plans changed, I emailed Luggage Forward support and within an hour, they had made the change on their end. We have always had excellent follow-up and service from Luggage Forward.

A few days after making the booking online, we received our Luggage Forward shipping labels and instructions, which are very well organized. About ten days from our departure date, the shipping company showed up to pick up my large blue duffel bag and ship it to our hotel in Switzerland. A few days later, I received an email from Luggage Forward informing me that my luggage had been delivered to Swissôtel in Basel.

Status update email from Luggage Forward

A few days later, we arrived in Basel and after checking into our hotel, we found that my blue duffel had already delivered to our room!

Duffel bag deliverd to our hotel room in Basel, Switzerland

At the end of our three-week cruise assignment, it was time to put the Luggage Forward labels on both of our bags for return shipping to the USA. Luggage Forward is used to dealing with cruise ships and hotels, so all that was required was for us to leave our luggage with the ship's concierge before we disembarked. Later that same day, I received another email from Luggage Forward informing me that our bags had been picked up for shipment back to the USA.

Our bags are labeled for the return trip to the USA

Luggage Forward informed us that we could expect our luggage to be shipped back to our home in Texas no later than June 6. Imagine our delight when the luggage was delivered to our door on May 30, only 3 days after we arrived back home. They were even delivered on Memorial Day!

Both pieces of luggage, back home

Once again, we are amazed at how efficiently Luggage Forward picks up, ships and delivers our luggage. Our luggage was returned to us in the same condition as when we last saw it. We continue to be impressed with the service this company provides, and that is why Luggage Forward was selected to receive our Editor's Choice award for 2015.

Once again, we avoided the hassle of dealing with checked luggage on the airlines, having to wait for our luggage at baggage claim after an all-night flight, and dealing with Customs at the airport. Shipping your luggage directly to your hotel or cruise ship is the only way to travel in style.

This is a great company with a great track record and we can highly recommend their services. Check their website at


Editors' Choice Award for Travel TechWe just returned from a 10-day Hawaiian cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures. Rather than hassle with checked luggage on our return flight from Kona, Hawaii to Dallas-Fort Worth, we decided to have our two large duffel bags shipped home using Luggage Forward. We were so impressed with the service we received last year in New Zealand, that we were confident our luggage would arrive back home on time and safe. When we booked the pick-up on their website, we indicated that we would be leaving the bags with the concierge at the Four Seasons Haulalai in Kona, Hawaii. A few days before we departed for Hawaii, our Luggage Forward labels arrived with complete instructions.

Labels attached and ready to ship

As you can see in the photo above, we attached the Luggage Forward labels to our two bags then dropped them off with the hotel concierge. We were able to fly home without the hassle and added cost of checking bags with the airlines. We also did not have to wait for 30 minutes at baggage claim when we arrived at 6:00 am after an all-night flight. Much more convenience! Best of all, in just two days, our bags arrived at our home, a day ahead of schedule!

Our bags arrived at home a day ahead of schedule

Once again, Luggage Forward came through for us. This is a great service for anyone on any cruise, and especially Un-Cruise Adventures. If you want to pack up your snorkel gear, SCUBA, hiking boots and gear, or whatever, you can easily have your stuff shipped directly to the cruise ship with Un-Cruise. Your gear will be waiting for you in your stateroom when you board the ship! Once again, Luggage Forward made believers out of us!


A three-week-long trip to New Zealand was the perfect opportunity to have our two large duffel bags shipped directly to our cruise ship. This was not the first time we have...

2014 Editors' Choice Awards
[SUMMARY]We look back at 2014 and make some tough choices to decide which cruise lines were the best in variety of categories.[/SUMMARY]We racked up quite a few miles this year,...
Seven Reasons European Trains Are Not Good For Cruise Guests
Ahh, the romance of train travel. We recently had an experience that made...
Big Ship Showdown 2014
We had had the opportunity in 2014 to sail on three different "mega" ships. So, how do the three brands compare to each other in various...
How To NOT Get Sick On A Cruise
[SUMMARY]You have probably seen the stories on TV news about hundreds of people getting sick on cruise ships. How can you protect yourself from becoming a...
10 Reasons To Sail With Silversea
[SUMMARY]Silversea is not just another cruise line, it is a luxury experience like none other. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider a cruise with Silversea.[/SUMMARY]A...
My Top 10 Favorite Cruise Ports

[SUMMARY]Cruising offers the opportunity to visit the most remote and exotic destinations on Earth. Here are 10 of my favorites.[/SUMMARY]Over the...

10 Things I Love About Small Ship Cruising
Big ships are great. But sometimes, only a small ship can deliver a relaxing...
10 Things We STILL Wish Cruise Lines Would Do
Here are 10 things we wish cruise lines would...
10 Cruise Etiquette Tips
[SUMMARY]Good manners should not be left at home when you travel. Here are a few tips for acceptable behavior when you are on a cruise.[/SUMMARY]...
Can You Trust Cruise Reviews?
Can You Trust Cruise Reviews?...
Cruise Gadgets
[SUMMARY]Technology can make travel safer, cheaper and more fun. Here are a few gadgets we never cruise without[/SUMMARY]Most cruise enthusiasts today are blessed (or cursed)...
Tips For First-Time Cruisers
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Senior Cruising
You're Never Too Old To Cruise! by Chris Dikmen, Managing and Wayne Hagadon, President-Cruises for Seniors...



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