10 dirty secrets cruise lines don’t want you to know

What comes to your mind when you think of taking a cruise on a big ship? Romance, excitement, entertainment, pampering, good food, rest and relaxation? You may actually realize some of these dreams, but there’s a dark side to cruising that you should definitely know something about before setting sail.
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What should we do about this royal non-flush?

Barbara Hazelip and her husband planned a special trip to celebrate their 62nd wedding anniversary.

They booked a cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship, the Radiance of the Seas. Picture it: the panoramic ocean views, dining, dancing, great ports, a special vacation for a special couple. Until you add a backed up toilet and a husband with health issues into the mix.

Those sure stop the romance in a hurry.

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Viking Cruise’s special air program is not so special

When Larry Lawrence and his wife booked a vacation on Viking River Cruises for next February, they chose the cruise line’s air package, which included a special 2-for-1 savings, with an upgrade to business class.

A flight with a low price, more legroom, Viking handling everything, and fewer worries seemed like a good deal. Lawrence’s experience is a reminder to consumers about the limits of promotional air packages from cruise lines. And it’s an opportunity for us to help with a few insider contacts.

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