One of the first things you'll notice when cruising is that cruise ships have a VERY loud horn that while it could be used like your car's horn - actually has a more sophisticated use. While you might just blast your car's horn at a driver that cuts you off, or tap it to let someone know they can go, cruise ships have an internationally recognized set of horn signals that lets everyone around them know exactly what's going on.

The norovirus infection is sometimes spread on cruise ships, but thankfully, it occurs infrequently. The symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, muscle pain, malaise and a low-grade fever. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after exposure, and the symptoms may last one to three days. There are some tips you can use to try to prevent getting the infection.

While going on a cruise can be a great way to go on an inexpensive vacation, if you are not careful, your shore excursions can easily eat up your budget. Here are some tips to help you save money on shore excursions while still having a great time exploring ports of call.

Regardless of the time of the year that you travel, it is not uncommon for cruisers to pick up a host of illnesses while out at sea. You do not want an illness to get in the way of your magical time out on the open water. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself from all of the germs and bacteria that call cruise ships home. Here are five ways that you can stay healthy on your cruise adventure.

Carnival advertises super cheap cruises from Long Beach - many less than $50 per person, per day. How much will that cheap cruise actually cost once you add everything up?