The Best Time to Cruise - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 16

March 24, 2019

Cruise Pricing and Promotions ExplainedPlanning a cruise requires a lot of decision making.  Some things come down to preference, but if you're looking for the cheapest time of the year to cruise Alaska or the Caribbean we can help.  After analyzing thousands of price points across the year, we go over the most economical and most expensive times to sail, as well as why the time of year matters.


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Which cruise line is best for me? The differences between cruise lines. (explaining different types of lines)

What are repositioning cruises?

Nieuw Amsterdam Live Blog

What happens if I book a cruise and then the price goes down?

A 'Fare' Price - Cruise Pricing & Promotions Explained

Key West - Great Cruise Destinations Don't Have to Be Far Away


A ‘Fare’ Price - Cruise Pricing & Promotions Explained - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 15

March 3, 2019

Cruise Pricing and Promotions ExplainedCruise pricing can require a lit bit of explanation, but sales and promotions can be even more confusing.  Some promotions aren't combinable, sales can take percentages off rates that aren't easily found, and different packages offer different levels of value depending on what you're looking for.  Whether you're hunting for the best deal, or just trying to understand how much a cruise will cost you, we'll try and make it a bit easier to understand.


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How Much Does it Cost to Dock a Cruise Ship?

Should I use a travel agent or book directly with a cruise line?

What Is Onboard Credit (OBC) & How Can You Use It?

Cruise Line Beverage Packages: Should you get a drink package?

What happens if I book a cruise and then the price goes down?

First Glimpse of Virgin Voyages Prices 

Virgin Voyages - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 14

February 7, 2019

Eden on Celebrity EdgeOver the past couple years we've had the opportunity to watch a new cruise line emerge.  With details of Virgin Voyages trickling out at a pace that leaves us constantly wanting more, we thought we'd take this episode to share what we know so far about Sir Richard Branson's first dive into cruising.  We talk about who is behind the line, what the ship will be like, the things that make Virgin Voyages so different - and even tattoos.  Check out the links below for photos, renderings and more information. 


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Virgin Voyages Reveals Additional Details: No passengers and no children.

Branson promised different, did Virgin deliver? A First Look at Virgin Voyages' Cruise Ships!

Virgin Voyages Gives Sailors (Cruisers) Another Way to Remember Their Sailing - With Tattoos at Sea!

Virgin Voyages Names First Ship, Aims to Keep Sailors & the Environment Healthy

Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady to Deliver Distinctly Non-Cruise Dining. Drag Brunch & Food Hall? Yes. Buffet & Dining Room? Nope.

Virgin Voyages Reveals Clever Cabins and RockStar Suites on Scarlet Lady

First Glimpse of Virgin Voyages Prices

All Virgin Voyages Articles

Embarkation Day - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 13

January 25, 2019

Eden on Celebrity EdgeOne thing every great vacation has in common is a beginning. On a cruise, that's called Embarkation Day. From when to show up at the terminal, to where to find food, but avoid crowds when everyone else is heading to the buffet, we're covering everything you need to know about your first day onboard.


Link Related to This Episode Packing List and Artlicles

Cruise Line Transfers

Hotel "Park and Cruise" Packages

Uber, Lyft, cabs, and other ways to get to the port

12 Things You Should Do the First Day of Your Cruise


2019 Preview - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 12

January 7, 2019

2019 Preview - CruiseHabit PodcastLooking back on great cruises is nice, but looking forward to those trips we have ahead of us is even more exciting.  On this episode Ric and Billy discuss their 2018 cruises and talk about where they'll be sailing in 2019.


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MSC Seaside Live Blog

Mariner of the Seas Live Blog

Celebrity Infinity Live Blog

Celebrity Edge Live Blog

Celebrity Revolution

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast - Three Wishes

CruiseHabit's Instagram Account

Royal Caribbean Blog January Orlando Meet

Eden on Celebrity Edge - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 11

December 24, 2018

Eden on Celebrity EdgeWhen cruising Celebrity Edge, we found that Eden isn't just a bar, restaurant, show, cafe, or lounge - nor is it all those things smashed into one space.  Struggling to describe Eden, and especially the experiences this fantastic space provides, we decided it would be best to dedicate an entire episode to just this topic.  We've also linked to a number of relevant photos in the notes below.


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Celebrity Edge December Live Blog Posts

Eden on Celebrity Edge, Photos & Videos

Celebrity Edge in Review, Part 2 - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 10

December 11, 2018

Celebrity Edge's DeckIn part two of our review of Celebrity Edge, we start discussing the entertainment options around Edge, mention some crew members and officers, and even cover what we wish was different on this great new ship.  If you've not yet listened to the first part of this episode, you can find it linked in the show notes below, along with pictures, video, and more.


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Celebrity Edge December Live Blog Posts

Celebrity Edge in Review Part 1 - Episode 9

La Petite Chef & Friends on Celebrity Edge (including video of each course)

Celebrity Edge in Review, Part 1 - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 9

December 11, 2018

Celebrity Edge's DeckRic and Billy were fortunate enough to be among the first guests to sail on Celebrity's newest ship, Celebrity Edge.  Being the first ship in a new class there is a lot to share, so we've split our review of our three night sailing into two episodes.  They're a bit longer than usual, but we think you'll enjoy learning about the Magic Carpet, Eden, La Petite Chef, the wonderful crew, and so much more that Edge has to offer.  For photos and videos, be sure to check out our live blogs and other articles linked in the show notes below.


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Celebrity Edge December Live Blog Posts

Original Announcement of Terminal 25 (from March 2017)

Celebrity Edge Preview Podcast - Episode 6

La Petite Chef & Friends on Celebrity Edge (including video of each course)

Touring Carnival Paradise - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 8

December 6, 2018

Carnival Paradise Forward ElevatorsEarly in November, Carnival Cruise Line invited Ric to tour the Carnival Paradise while she was docked in her home port of Tampa, Florida. On this bonus episode, Billy interviews Ric about what he saw (and ate) on that ship tour. We close out the episode with a listener question.


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Carnival Paradise Ship Tour

A Brief History of the Blue Riband - The Fastest Passenger Ships to Sail the Atlantic

Cruising Concerns - CruiseHabit Podcast Episode 7

November 25, 2018

Cruising can be habit forming, but among those who've not yet taken their first cruise, there are some common concerns, ranging from sea-sickness and boredom, to safety and weather.  On this episode we take a look at some of these concerns and provide information to clear up fact from fiction, and offer tips along the way.


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First Time Cruise Series (a whole collection of articles for first timers)

Cruise Safety (articles focusing on safety at sea, including life boat and muster drill info)

Want to avoid Norovirus? Take a cruise! (the real facts about Norovirus and cruising)

Cruising with Dietary Restrictions

Cruising During Hurricane Season (how cruise lines handle hurricanes, what to consider, and more)

"I'm worried I'll get seasick. Do you feel the ship move?" How to avoid motion sickness on cruise ships.