The DEPARTURES Guide to Cruising

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Our tips and tricks for finding the right journey to match your maritime preference.

This year, more than 25 million people will take a cruise, a dramatic increase from 15 million just ten years ago. With cruise companies all racing to attract the attention of this growing number of passengers, there are now better ships, dining options, and itineraries than ever before.

Cruises + Experiences to Book Now

River Cruises: What’s New and Noteworthy
Possibilities for cruising the world’s waterways continue to expand as American river travel gets more luxurious. Read the article »

The State of Cruising and Cuba
Despite the ease in travel restrictions to the country, cruises are still mostly on hold. But there are still some options for Americans to enjoy. Read the article »

Cruising on the Danube River
Uniworld’s new cruise between Budapest and Passau offers a window into the grand fin de siècle lifestyle. Read the article »

A Healthy Way to Cruise
State-of-the-art cruise ship spas are becoming floating wellness centers. Here’s the best of them. Read the article »

Adventures in Cruising
Personal submarines, scuba diving, and more make cruising a more active experience. Read the article »

$10,000-Per-Night At Sea
The Regent Seven Seas offers a space that rivals many on water and land. Is it worth it? Read the article »

More of Our Favorite Journeys

Sailing to Antarctica
The 75-foot Australis offers seven passengers an intimate, immersive journey to the end of the world. Read the article »

The Top Yachts to Charter Now
From handmade sailboats to high-tech superyachts, these recently renovated boats are ideal for island hopping. See the slideshow »

Why Leave Your Dog At Home?
The storied Queen Mary 2 has a history of welcoming dogs, from Elizabeth Taylor's poodle to Queen Elizabeth's corgis. Contributor Jane Stern finds out her rescued puppy gets the same star treatment on board. Read the article »

Small-Group Adventure Cruises
Anything but tacky, these journeys allow you to traverse the Arctic, explore the Lower Ganges, and swim with whale sharks in Mexico and Australia—all in top luxury. See the slideshow »

Top Alaska Cruises—For All Stripes
The best ships to take for exploring one of the world's most popular cruising destinations, whether you're planning a family vacation or nature expedition. See the slideshow »

The Rivers Less Traveled
Small luxury ships that follow smaller tributaries of popular rivers, like the Amazon, and under-the-radar cruise destinations, like Kerala or Sweden. See the slideshow »

From the Archives: Cruising The Mediterranean
A brief guide to exploring this storied, wine-dark sea—on and off season. Read the article »

From the Archives: Exploring China and Beyond on Silversea's Silver Shadow
Colbalt waters and a myriad of archipelagos make seeing Asia by sea a truly invaluable experience. Read the article »

Cruising News, Tips, and Trends

The Future of Cruising, By the Numbers
A look at what's on the luxury cruise horizon over the next few years. Read the article »

Luxe Hotels on the High Seas
Spurred by newly intense competition and rising expectations, cruise lines are seriously upping their interior design game. Read the article »

Name to Know: How Viking Changed Cruising
In just under two decades, Viking Cruises skyrocketed from a small river cruise agency to one of the best cruise companies in the world. Read the article »

Miami's Superyacht-Only Marina
Set to be complete in 2018, travelers are already beginning to enjoy the partially-open harbor in Biscayne Bay. Read the article »

The Joys of Yachting, Sans Hassle
Being a member of Barton & Gray Mariner’s Club includes unfettered access to numerous yachts on the East Coast. Read the article »