The coming year is shaping up to be an exciting one for cruise lovers. Along with constantly improving technology and unique experiences that can be had only on cruise ships, there's an increasing variety of ports and destinations. It's still possible to cruise without spending a fortune, too, and in a way that avoids the worst crowds: Look for trips taking place during the so-called shoulder months, the tail end of winter through early spring, as well as late fall — when kids have gone back to school and families are not as likely to be sailing. Don't try to book a getaway to the Caribbean from June through August, when everyone else be out there, and avoid spring break too.
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