Controlling Your Spending While at Sea … 10 Common Sense Steps

No one wants to be a cheapskate on vacation. We have all passed by the Purser’s office on the last day, noticing someone gesticulating wildly about their onboard charges. You want to avoid being a freeloader, hoping your new friends will buy the next round. What are some practical steps you can take? 2018 statistics gathered by cruisemarketwatch.com indicate the average daily spend per passenger across all cruise lines is about $ 62/day. (1)  On a seven …

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Practical Advice About Seasickness

I get seasick. I guess I’m not the only one. Since we take lots of cruises, it’s something I’ve learned how to address. Here are a few thoughts. This is practical advice, not medical advice. River cruises. If seasickness is a really big fear, consider a river cruise instead. You should have smoother sailing. It’s probably one of the reasons this segment of the industry has boomed. Alaska cruises. They often sail the Inland Passage. In my …

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10 Shopping Experiences I’m Missing While Not Sailing

Sure, you can buy anything over the internet. Where’s the fun in that? Shopping is an experience, a treasure hunt. When the ship docks (or during your pre or post cruise nights) there are special stores my wife and I seek out. Munich – Champagne Bar in Kaufhof Department Store. The Germans know how to do shopping right. Some American malls have “Husband corrals” with televisions and sofas. Many German department stores build cafes into their food …

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Ten Foods I’m Missing While Not At Sea

My wife and I have been happy with the standard of food we have enjoyed on cruise ships. There are many things we are missing, as we wait for cruise travel to resume. Yes, Cunard is our favorite cruise line, but other lines offer great food too. As you know, it’s often not just the food, but the presentation. A glass of champagne as the ship sails away. Our vacation is starting! It’s a pleasant day. Maybe …

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My Top 8 Surprise Vacation Experiences

Vacations create memories. Sometimes they are over the top. Here are a few: Seeing myself in the news in China. Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB) had been named the top fine dining restaurant in the world by Trip Advisor about a year ago. I submit lots of Trip Advisor They are often detailed. We are sitting in the Executive Lounge at our Marriott Hotel in China. I’m reading China Daily the English language newspaper. There’s an article announcing …

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How to Recontact Shipboard Friends After Returning Home

“What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  What a great slogan! We often organize our lives in silos. You have your gym friends. Work friends. Church friends. Neighborhood friends. If you moved away you might lose touch with 90% of them. My wife and I are continually adding friends. This includes people we met aboard ship. On each voyage we meet at least one couple we want to know long term. Their names are in our “Cunard …

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Ten Things to Do in Port That Make Lifetime Memories

We will sail again. Ships will dock for the day. We will get off. You might arrive at a big city one day before your cruise. What’s the best use of your time? Ten Activities to Make Your Trip Memorable It’s easy to get jaded when you cruise frequently. “All Caribbean islands are the same.” My problem is without advance planning, I would end up exploring “Cocktail lounges of the world.” Cruise lines get it. They find …

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What Do I Need to Know About Tipping?

“Tipping is not a city in China.” I smiled when I saw that sign on a tip jar in a coffee shop. Although tipping is built in or automatically added to your bill on cruise ships, tipping is a major part of our everyday lives on land too. What do you need to know? It’s been said “tips” was a British 19th Century acronym for “To Insure Proper Service.” Another definition claims “tip” was a 17th century …

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The Secret to Getting the Royal Treatment at Hotels

We can’t wait to sail again. 2020 seems like the year of the road trip. Foreign travel might involve the words: Canada and Mexico. Hotels worldwide are suffering the loss of their business travelers. There should be great bargains. Assuming you are comfortable with their safety protocols, you might be staying in some grand hotels this year. Eleven Tips for Being Treated With Great Respect Have you seen any of the Real Housewives series? Don’t behave like …

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10 Things You Don’t Need to Bring on Your Cruise

People overpack. If you’ve ever watched one of the Real Housewives programs on BRAVO and seen the luggage these folks bring for a weekend, you know what I mean. Many people bring much more than they need for a relaxing vacation at sea. They need to lug these bags to the airport, get them checked and pull them off the baggage carousel. You don’t need to pack as much as you think. Every piece of casual clothing …

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