12 Reasons Why Cunard Is the #1 Choice for Wine Fans That Love to Cruise

“Life is too short to drink bad wine.” My wife and I are serious wine fans. We are also loyal passengers on Cunard, having completed our 19th voyage in January. As serious wine fans we read the Wine Spectator cover to cover. Cunard recently ran an ad in this wine magazine which attracts a demographic with plenty of disposable income. It got me thinking why, as a fine wine fan, Cunard is an ideal choice for fellow …

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10+ Ways to Enjoy Wine at Sea on a Cruise

“Life is too short to drink bad wine.” My wife and I are wine fans. Enjoying wine is part of our decision-making process when planning vacations. We ask ourselves “What is the food and wine culture of the places we are visiting?”  We like sailing with Cunard, having recently completed our 19th voyage. They do wine very well onboard their ships. The points I bring up should be applicable to most cruise lines. Wine by the glass. …

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12 Reasons to Plan Your Next Cruise During this Winter

Do you live in a snowy section of the country? It’s been said 50=60% of Americans do. The snowbelt stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans. If you are stuck indoors because it is snowing outside, this is a great time to plan your next cruise. You can leave now and be in someplace sunny. Some people are retired. Others are in a similar situation where their time is their own. You can lock the front …

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Shared, Single Table or Freedom Dining: Which to Choose on Your Next Cruise

Everyone has to eat. Regardless if your cruise ship holds 600 or 6,000 people, everyone expects to sit down to meals on a regular basis. Three meals a day is inclusive on cruise ships, although the trend is to widen your choices through the addition of alternative dining options, often with a supplemental fee. Assuming you are planning on having dinner in the main dining room, what table configuration should you choose? Let us start with seating …

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11 Tips for Preparing for Your Next Cruise

Is this your first cruise or your 40th cruise? Regardless of the answer, here are several items that need attention before you walk onboard and set sail. Let us assume you have booked and paid for your trip and your cruise takes place about a month from now. Have you bought health insurance? As we get older, the possibility of needing medical care becomes an issue. You might have Medicare or a great health plan at work. …

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A Firsthand Account of Our Christmas Cruise on Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 … From the Day We Docked

We just recently returned from our first ever cruise over the Christmas and New Year holidays. It was fantastic. While everything is still fresh in my mind and the dirty laundry has gone into the washer, let us look at two topics:  Who takes a cruise over the holidays?  What makes a Christmas cruise different from a cruise during the other 51 weeks of the year? Many months ago, we booked a cabin on Cunard’s flagship, Queen …

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Overall Review: Christmas Cruise on Cunard Queen Mary 2

Our first cruise over the Christmas holiday! This was our 19th voyage with Cunard, so it is obvious we like the line a lot. Every cruise line has a personality. Formal nights, fine dining and attentive service ticks all the right boxes for us. This was the first year we skipped the Christmas party and decorating the house activities and set sail for the holidays. How did the trip measure up? Overall Score: 96/100. We have sailed …

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Christmas Markets in 2023 – Better Than Ever!

We just returned from a four-night visit to Germany to visit the Christmas markets! They are popular and the energy level is high! Here is some firsthand feedback from our recent weekend visit. The European Christmas Markets are always a popular holiday cruise itinerary leading up to Christmas in Europe. In many of the charming towns and villages in Germany and Austria, Advent is ushered in with the opening of the Christmas markets. Medieval in appearance, they …

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9 Do’s & Don’ts for Visiting the Christmas Markets

We recently returned from a four-night visit to Frankfurt, where we toured Christmas markets in three cities. We have been doing this annually for about thirty years. Here are some do’s and don’ts for making the most of your experience: Ed. Note: The European Christmas Markets are always a popular holiday cruise itinerary leading up to Christmas in Europe. In many of the charming towns and villages in Germany and Austria, Advent is ushered in with the …

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12 Mistakes to Avoid When Exploring a Port

Port stops and shore excursions add another level of enjoyment to your cruise vacation experience. Everyone has heard stories about the passenger who didn’t make it back to the ship or the person with the bad experience because they followed someone down a dark alley. Let us look at ten mistakes to avoid and the precautionary steps to try keeping you safe. Don’t carry all your credit cards, driver’s license and full wallet. You do not expect …

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