12 Reasons Why a Winter Repositioning Cruise Makes Sense

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Cruise ships follow the same route over and over. Remember the line from the Love Boat theme song: “The Love Boat, soon will be making another run…” Once or twice a year, the cruise line needs to move their ship from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean. That one-off voyage is called a repositioning cruise. Here is a list of repositioning cruises. https://www.cruisecompete.com/specials/deals/repositioning/1 Twelve Reasons You Want to Book a Repositioning Cruise Cruise lines move their ships around …

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Twelve Unforgettable Experiences for Your Next Cruise

Twelve Unforgettable Experiences for Your Next Cruise   Most people secretly want “Once in a Lifetime” experiences. It’s been said Millennials value experiences over products. With a little advance planning, your next cruise can leave you with lasting memories. Which ones sound best to you?   Slow Down! What’s This Advance Planning Stuff? Advance planning is another way of saying “Put in a little thought beforehand.”  Cruise lines have personalities. People who like dressing up shouldn’t be …

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How to Entertain Your Newfound Cruise Friends Stateside

Story by Bryce Sanders … You are not cut out to be a tour guide. You probably don’t run a hotel. Don’t discover this the hard way. You need a plan for entertaining your new friends in your home town. How Does This Happen? You’ve made new friends aboard the ship. After six days you are drinking buddies. You share the same interests. Shortly after telling the bartender “We need another bottle” you say: “You MUST come …

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How to Control Your Bar Bill at Sea

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(Story by Bryce Sanders) … Do you go into sticker shock when your account statement arrives at your cabin on the final night? Wow! Did I spend that much on booze? How can you keep your bar bill under control when life at sea is one endless party? We all know cruise ships have multiple profit centers.  Drink sales is a big one.  According to a 2016 blog post, the average passenger consumes 33 drinks a week or 4.7 per …

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Your Ship Sails from NYC – What an Opportunity!

(Story by Bryce Sanders) … New York City. The Big Apple. If your voyage starts, ends (or both) from what’s arguably the greatest city in the world, you must add on a few days and enjoy everything the city has to offer. How do you do that for a reasonable amount of money? The Easy Way Folks like www.cruisecompete.com, affiliated with allthingscruise.com offer shore excursions though their website. Your cruise line likely has pre and post cruise …

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17 Things That Are (Likely) Complimentary On Your Next Cruise Vacation

(Story by Bryce Sanders) … Cruises might be the original all-inclusive vacation. Yes, they charge for drinks and land packages. They have specialty restaurants. There is still a lot of stuff included as part of your basic cruise fare. Are you taking advantage of these opportunities? Editor’s Note: For a comprehensive list across many cruise lines, All Things Cruise has a great chart here that covers: • 24 hour cabin service • Stocked in-cabin mini bar • …

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Why Cruising With Friends Is Better Than Flying Away

(Story by Bryce Sanders) One of the easiest ways to end a friendship is to travel with friends, Yet most of us, myself included, think this is a good idea, Choosing a cruise vacation will give you the greatest chance of maintaining that friendship when you return to the real world. Why Friends Travelling Together Often Ends in Disaster You know your friends in a certain context. It might be work. They might be neighbors or gym …

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What Should I Expect on Formal Nights?

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  Formal nights are part of the cruise experience on many ships. If you are a regular with your favorite line, you know what to expect. If you are new to cruising or trying a new line, these tips should help. The cruise industry understands segmentation. There are different lines catering to different types of passengers. A cruise company often owns several lines, each with a different customer profile. This can vary by age and income. Everyone …

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When Should I Tip?

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  Tipping the staff on passenger ships has been around forever. For those who ask, “When should I tip?,” here are four answers from a seasoned cruiser. Four Answers Yes, you know many cruise lines build in tipping as a line item on your shipboard account. You likely leave that alone, yet want to give certain people something extra. Here are four approaches:  Tipping on departure. It’s the traditional way. The stationary folder in your cabin has …

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How to Tip Aboard a Cruise Ship and to Whom

How to Tip Aboard a Cruise Ship and to Whom

What is the proper etiquette for tipping aboard a cruise ship? How to Tip Aboard a Cruise Ship and to Whom Let’s consider tipping in three versions. The automatic gratuity the cruise ship adds to your account statement, those white envelopes you hand out at the end of (or during) the voyage and paper money in singles and fives. I usually include a business card in the white envelope, writing “thank you” with both our names on the …

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