Booking a cruise can be complicated, however there is plenty of help available on the internet.
Here is a selection of cruise websites that can help you to pick the right ship, at the right time and, hopefully, at the right price
CruiseMates aims to be a one stop “Internet Cruise Magazine and Cruise Information Guidebook”. It is independently owned and prides itself on being editorially unbiased, offering accurate and up-to-the-minute cruise information. It also provides a forum for cruise enthusiasts to meet.
Cruise Travel – Cruise Talk
This is a forum for you to find out more about cruises, or to find the answer to your cruise question. As with all types of forums, please read the FAQs and check the previous postings before you ask a question. It is not the best designed website in the world, but still very useful. It is run by an American travel company so there are loads of ads and special offers.
CruiseDiva.com was created by freelance travel writer Linda Coffman so that she could share the ‘best cruise-related travel information available on the Internet’.
Linda is an avid cruiser, and wants her readers to enjoy their voyage to the fullest. You can find out how to plan and prepare for a cruise and what you can expect both on-board the ship and while ashore in the ports of call. There isn’t a chat room or a Q&A section.
World Cruise Guide
Not a guide to cruises as such, but instead this website offers guides to the ports of call offered by the major cruises.
Cruise Addicts is a source of the latest news on ships and destinations/ports of call. There is advice on planning and an online community who share ship reviews, photos, videos and more.
Your chance to see what’s happening on your preferred cruise ship. This website allows you to check out over 70 different ships, from views from the bridge to over the bow. There are also views from some ports as well. The pictures are stills and updates vary.
Since starting in 1995, Cruise Critic claims to have had over five million visitors and it is an interactive community comprised of experienced and first-time cruisers. This website aims to help you to plan, research and share your cruising experience. It also offers reviews, features, ports of call profiles and destination stories.
Cruise Lines International Association
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise association. It was formed to promote the cruise industry. It is comprised of 26 of the major cruise companies serving North America. This website helps you to research your cruise and has a useful search facility based on the amenities that you want.
This website has been offering news from cruise companies for over 20 years. This website can keep you up-to-date on launches and new cruises.
Cruise News Daily
This website isn’t a listing of the latest discount rates; it aims to be a guide to what’s new in the cruise industry: new itineraries, new ships, and new features. It is mainly news about cruises that are marketed in North America.
Porthole Cruise Magazine features cruise and travel editorial for consumers. Its writers feature their stories, opinions, tips, and insights into the places they go and adventures they experience. This is a subscription service.
Links to even more cruise websites.