10 Tips on How to Explore a Major Cruise Port City

What would you do if you arrived in a place and knew you might never get back there again? This should be the logic every cruise, vacation flier or business travelers should adopt when visiting a foreign city for the first time. Your approach should be structured, not thought up on the fly. Think about it: Airlines tend to fly into world business centers. New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Frankfurt are a few examples. Cruise …

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Why Cruising is the Ideal Vacation for The Ages

One of the wonderful features about cruising is market segmentation. Different cruise lines target different age categories. You have heard about YUPPIES (Young Urban Professionals.)  You have heard about NINJAS (No Income, No Job, No Assets.) Have you heard about WOOFs? (Well Off Older Folks) Let us look at 14 reasons why your older friend (or their parents) might find a cruise so much fun, one cruise will lead to multiple cruise vacations every year. Cruise with …

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Why People Repeat Cunard’s Transatlantic Crossing

I saw the original Star Wars movie seven times. This was not over a 40-year period, this was in the first couple of years following its 1977 release. It was a great movie. You saw additional details on each subsequent viewing. My future wife and I were dating at the time. She never understood my fascination with seeing the same movie over and over. Cunard has a similar success with the transatlantic crossing. The seven-night sailing from …

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17 Lifetime Memories to Create on Your Next Cruise

Cruising is a vacation journey that can bring together luxury, exploration, romance and affordability. It has been said Millennials are seeking experiences. Here is a news flash: Everyone else wants (pleasant) experiences too. Most of our sailing has been done with Cunard, yet many of these memories and experiences can be yours on any ship of your choosing. Seeing the sun set over the ocean, arm and arm with your loved one. You have seen this image …

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8 Tips to Lower the Expense of Getting to and From Your Cruise Ship

You can sail nine nights from Brooklyn, New York, to the Bahamas and back for as little as $329 per person, but parking your car at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal might cost you $315 to park your car.  When parking can almost equal your per person cruise fare, suddenly how you get to and from your ship becomes an important question. If you live in your homeport city, taking a taxi, car service, Uber or Lyft can …

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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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