12 Reasons I Want to Take a World Cruise

For us, a world cruise is impractical. I still need to work for a living. We have two cats. Our prolonged absence would imply we were eaten by predators. They would move on with their lives and bond with the cat sitter. There are at least a dozen reasons I would like to experience a world cruise. Meet people who don’t need to work for a living. It’s an annual event, not a once in a lifetime …

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Our 10 Most Memorable Foreign Driving Experiences

Cruising vacations don’t mean you spend all your time on your ship. You often extend your vacation on the front or back end. This often involves renting a car. If not, tr involves being a passenger while someone else drives. Here are our 10 most memorable driving experiences. In some, it’s amazing we have lived to tell the tale. The Mercedes S class in Zurich. We fly to Zurich with a friend. We book a Mercedes “C” …

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Top 12 Cruising Mistakes for Novice Cruisers

You are a veteran cruiser. You would never make these mistakes! You have shared your enthusiasm with another couple who are taking their maiden voyage alongside you on your next cruise. Here are a few tips you might pass along. Do’s: Do have your passport and visas in order? Maybe shots if you are going someplace exotic. (We will likely be required to produce proof we’ve had the Covid-19 vaccine.) You need all this in order or …

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Ten of Our Best Port City Food Experiences

There’s pleasure in eating. There’s also a 1 + 1 = 3 effect when you enjoy the food that made the region famous at a local restaurant while enjoying local beer or wine. This article will focus on some great meals enjoyed in port cities. Your ship pulls up. You get off. You eat. What could be easier? 10 Memorable Meals Let’s not recommend specific restaurants. They might be difficult to find. (It took us forever to …

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Millennials, Experiences and the Cruise Industry – 10 Examples of How Cruising Can Deliver the Best Experiences

You’ve heard it all before. Millennials want experiences. They don’t want to buy stuff; they prefer to experience stuff. Cruising may be the ideal vehicle to deliver these experiences. Let’s start by redefining “experiences” as “experiencing the best.” To a degree this involves bragging rights. It should be visually deliverable. In other words, you can take a picture, post it to Facebook and say: “Look what I’m doing right now.” Cruises are positioned to deliver fantastic and …

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Why Do People Choose to Cruise Over the Holidays?

Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving are big holidays. They usually bring families together. After the pandemic, they will again. You get offers from your favorite cruise lines. Cruise over Christmas. Why do some people choose to cruise over the holidays? There are lots of reasons. Let’s consider a few: They are alone. Their children have moved away. They live on their own. The holidays are a quiet time of year for them. They don’t have close relationships …

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Which Are Better – Bigger Ships or Smaller Ships?

Ships come in all shapes and sizes. Watch “Below Deck” on Bravo and you see yachting elegance. The largest mega ships can easily carry 5,500 passengers. What are the pros and cons? Let’s consider small ships as a little bigger than the Valor or My Sienna, ships on the Bravo series. Let’s consider smaller ships like those operated by Silversea (300+ guests) or Seaborne (600+ guests). Bigger ships might be 2,000+ guests. In doing comparisons, lets assume …

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Missing the German Christmas Markets? 12 Ways We Re-created the Food and Atmosphere

Ever visit the German Christmas markets on a river cruise? Maybe you rented a car, checked into a centrally located hotel and took day trips to different markets. We did the latter. A lot. Like every year for almost 30 years. Then along came 2020. What Makes German Christmas Markets Special? Most European countries have Christmas markets. Consider it a reminder of ancient times when festivals lasted weeks. Unlike a state fair in the U.S., Christmas markets …

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Where You Will See Cats and Dogs on Vacation

68% of Americans own pets according to a 2016 report from the American Pet Products Association. (1)  48% own dogs, 38% own cats, in case you wondered. If you fit into this category, you likely miss your pet when you are on vacation. Here are some places you might find some to cheer you up. TSA Security. It’s a look, but don’t touch environment. Those uniformed beagles sniffing your luggage – you just want to pet them. …

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How Cruising Changed for the Better Over the Decades

“I really miss the QE2.” If you sail often, you will encounter passengers with a rose tinted view of how they remember cruising in the good old days. It’s actually improved significantly. Here’s how. It’s not just transportation. Once upon a time, it was how you crossed the Atlantic. How business people traveled from Britain to Australia or India. Today, the ship is the destination. You can have a great time and never leave the ship. River …

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