The Tasting Experiences Aboard Cruise Ships

“You can’t go beyond the rail.” My wife wasn’t an immediate fan of cruising when we first met back in the 1970’s. Her logic was she would easily get bored because it’s like being confined to a hotel. Fortunately she quickly converted because cruise lines know they need to offer activities for every interest. One of these categories is tasting classes. People love food and drink. Cruise ships have offered kitchen tours for years. They also bring …

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Navigating Your Love of Wine While Aboard a Cruise Ship

I’m a wine fan. I tell people I drink for a hobby. This explanation upsets my wife when I explain in public, but the simple fact is that I enjoy wine! I also like finding bargains and don’t like being overcharged. What do you need to know when drinking wine at sea? Understanding the Landscape (or Seascape) Your cruise line wants to control alcohol consumption. The reasons are obvious:  First, it’s a public safety issue. Back in …

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The Gym Rat at Sea

I’m a gym rat, except I’m not. For years I’ve been at the gym three to four times a week. I’m an early morning person, getting there about 5:30 AM when they open. It’s a great way to start the day and it gets exercise out of the way. The pandemic changed all that for obvious reasons. I work out at home on the same timetable. I hope to return to the gym in 2022. When my …

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Cunard Queen Mary 2 TransAtlantic Crossing: 11 Things We Will Do When Boarding the Ship

It’s been almost two years since we stepped aboard a Cunard liner. That changes when we board the Queen Mary 2 on Monday, January 3rd, to cross the Atlantic in the eastbound direction, enroute to Southampton. We have done this many times. We think the transatlantic crossing is Cunard’s signature voyage. We try to board as early as possible and have developed a routine for our first day on board. In no particular order, they are: Arrive …

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Are Cruises Expensive? Have you Dined Out Recently?

The cruise industry attracts plenty of Baby Boomers. We got hooked watching Love Boat started cruising and haven’t stopped. We Boomers often complain about rising prices. Cruises are no exception. We need to look at the bigger picture. Let’s consider two potential vacations: Sailing seven nights from your home port vs. driving to a major city like New York (or resort) near your home. How do the prices compare? Let’s assume your cruise is seven nights and …

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15 Things to Bring: Preparing for Our January 3rd Crossing on the Queen Mary 2

We are taking the plunge! Cunard has an Eastbound transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2, sailing from New York to Southampton on Monday, January 3rd. That’s two weeks from the moment I’m writing this article! We have booked a balcony cabin. What are the less than obvious things we will be packing? 15 Things to Bring You might question the logic of sailing into England as quarantine restrictions get stricter and stricter. Our plan is to sail …

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Holiday Staycation in a Big City – 11 Great Reasons In Between Sailings

It’s the holiday season. Christmas is a few days away. New Year’s Eve is on its heels. If you aren’t on a cruise, a ship sailing to warmer climes you might want to spend the holiday closer to home. How about spending several days in a big city that’s within driving distance of your home? Here’s what makes this idea so attractive. Imagine you are spending several days in the next two weeks in the metropolis. 11 …

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8 Great Holiday Gifts for Your Cruise-Loving Friend

It’s December. Celebrating the holidays involves giving presents. What do you give to your spouse? What about the person who already has everything? If they love cruising, here are a few ideas. Put down a deposit on your next trip. This is ideal for your spouse. Get a picture of the ship and frame it. Add the glossy brochure from the cruise line. Wrap it up and put it under the tree. They can put the framed …

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Christmas Markets Cruises, 10 Reasons to Visit the German Christmas Markets in 2022

As you plan your next cruise, consider a river cruise in December to visit the European Christmas markets. Why We Are Experts Except for missing a year here and there, we’ve been visiting the German Christmas markets every year since before the Euro was introduced in 2002. That’s 20+ years. We would fly to Frankfurt, rent a car and drive around for three or four days, then fly home. If drinking and driving is a concern or …

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Overall score out of 100 points:  94 points – Our Five Night Holland America Rotterdam Bahamas Cruise – Overall Thoughts and Evaluation

We are back home after our five-night Bahamas cruise on Rotterdam, the newest ship in the Holland America Line (HAL) fleet. This voyage was a press trip courtesy of Holland America Line and All Things Cruise. Out of 100 points, how did our voyage score?  What were the high and low points? Read on! Overall score out of 100 points:  94 points. Boarding and disembarking procedures. HAL has taken advantage of technology. A great deal of the …

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