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may 13 2011

Vote now for the World's Best Cruiser!

Sunset cruise in Mexico. (Courtesy whimsyj/myBudgetTravel)

We studied countless entries in search of cruisers who nail the balance between smarts, skills, and spirits and narrowed it down to three cruise-savvy finalists.

Martha and Ken Wiseman, from Romeoville, Ill., have cruised for 38 years and have been on 65 cruises! They stand out for their against-the-grain opinions because they hate to pack light and love cruise-organized shore excursions. Meanwhile, Toni Vitanza, from Clemson, S.C., is adamant about packing light and refines her packing, planning, and money-saving strategies with every trip. (Need proof? She can fit all her cosmetics in an Altoid tin.) Finally, Ted and Karen Beranis, from Bonita Springs, Fla., are a pair of seafaring social butterflies who found a surefire way to make friends wherever they go, while also being strategic about how to hit the pool and hang at the piano bar.

Read our finalists' bios, view their photos, and watch their videos to determine who you think the World's Best Cruiser is, and then cast your vote by June 28. The winner will sail off into the sunset on a free cruise—and appear in an issue of Budget Travel.

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