How to Find the Perfect Cruise For You

In the wake of the pandemic, cruises are more popular than ever — and the choices are plentiful.

A retired couple look into the distance together while leaning on the railing of a cruise ship.
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Menus created by Michelin-star-earning chefs. Entertainment that rivals Broadway shows. “Virtual balconies” that give those in windowless rooms real-time views of the ocean outside the ship on floor-to-ceiling multimedia screens. 

With their massive size, myriad onboard experiences and technical advances, modern cruise options make the Love Boat look like a dinghy. 

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Laura Petrecca
Kiplinger Contributor

Kiplinger contributor Laura Petrecca is a business journalist who has worked at major media organizations such as Gannett, News Corp, and Crain Communications. Prior to launching her own writing business, she held leadership roles such as USA Today’s New York City bureau chief, special projects editor, and business section editor.

In addition to Kiplinger, her writing has appeared in USA Today, Real Simple, Men’s Health, Prevention, Crain’s New York Business, Advertising Age, and AARP Bulletin. Laura also hosts livestream videos and has offered commentary on TV programs such as the Today show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Access Hollywood, and CNN.

She earned a master’s degree in journalism and a certificate in economics and business journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.