Shipdetective.com is an independent website founded by cruisers for
One of the main goals of Shipdetective.com is to create a comprehensive
and reliable cruise travel guide that meets the needs of the cruise
traveler. We are not travel agents nor do we sell travel of any kind or
promote travel providers on our website for a fee. Our website is free for
the user and we require no membership or login requirements.
Shipdetective, LLC has a modest budget and a staff that includes myself
and two part-time staff. We operate on a basic business model and strive to
provide reliable reporting, responsible commentary, and quality service. We
always keep our readers in mind and ask ourselves “what do cruisers want to
We maintain strict standards regarding matters of conflict of interest
and DO NOT accept any gifts, upgrades, incentives, discounts, or any other
kind of gratuity for our work. Why are we in business? We have unique ideas
and a plan to offer products and services to cruisers. We want everyone to
cruise better and get the most from their cruise vacations. It’s that
Meet the Publisher
Tammy is a long-time resident of south Florida, a
transplant from the mid-west at the age of nine. She
graduated from Kansas State University and worked in various
social service fields including: child protective services;
teen runaway intervention; adult guardianship; and medical
services planning. After her first introduction to cruising
in 1999, Tammy was forever hooked. She met a man who loved
cruising even more than she did and the rest is history.
Why I Created Shipdetective
I first had the idea of a cruise guide after putting together cruise
information for our shipboard wedding back in 2004. We sailed a 7-day cruise
to the Eastern Caribbean on the Star Princess along with a
group of 11 sailing with us - about half of the group had never
cruised before. The embarkation advice and tips for maneuvering around the
ship turned out to be the most useful.
I created another guide for a group of six family and friends for a
14-day Southern Caribbean cruise in December 2005 aboard the Sea Princess.
We were frustrated with the lack of good information on the Internet for
cruisers at the time and cruise lines were just beginning to understand the
power of the internet.
It took a solid month to research and compile the guide for our cruise.
We had 10 ports on our itinerary and by the end of my research I had
accumulated a stack of information and thought, “why not share this with
After months of organizing the information and learning web
Shipdetective.com was published in January 2006.
The website had an immediate positive response and readership increased
over time, so we became serious about maintaining the information and
expanding the pages. Knowledge is power and most first time cruisers don’t have a
clue what they should ask a travel agent or cruise representative. Besides
just knowing how to have fun, cruisers need to be aware of safety risks both
on and off the ship. We think passengers take safety for granted no
matter what the destination just because the atmosphere onboard is so
Besides safety, a traveler can save so much time by planning ahead.
Cruise ships usually stay in port eight hours or less. If you know what you
want to see and do in advance, you can spend more time doing rather than
figuring out where to go and how to get there.
Know before you go!
Do your research. Sail around Shipdetective and see
what you can find out about your next cruise vacation.
Happy Cruising Everyone
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