10 Ways to Make Friends Fast on Your Cruise

You are traveling on a seven night cruise. You’ve seen those folks whose idea of a great time is avoiding people and reading a book. That’s not you. You would like to meet some like minded people wanting to have a good time. Where do you start? The balcony cabin next to you. You have an outside cabin with a balcony. So do hundreds of other people. The weather is perfect. So is the scenery. Maybe you …

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Do’s and Don’ts of Engaging With Your Cruise Tablemates

When we sail, we always ask for a large table. The bigger the better. Why? Because if you have an assigned dining time and seating, you want to maximize your chances for a positive experience. Dining at sea is part etiquette knowledge and part reality TV show. Here are some do’s and don’ts of engaging with your cruise tablemates Do – Smile and introduce yourself to everyone at the table. It’s not an airplane where you aren’t …

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Could We Return to the Golden Age of Travel?

“Come Fly with Me,” sung by Frank Sinatra (1958) is one of my favorite songs. Perhaps you need a reminder of the lines: Come fly with me, lets fly, lets fly away, If you can use some exotic booze There’s a bar in far Bombay, Come fly with me, lets fly, lets fly away, The song harkens back to a time when foreign travel was the domain of “the jet set” and mass tourism hadn’t taken the …

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How to Research Cruise Ports in 10 Points

OK, sometimes I go a little overboard. Figurately, not literally. If my wife and I are sailing to multiple ports on a cruise, we research each port ahead of time. If we are traveling with friends and visiting several ports (or scenic cities accessed from the port) I assign each person a port to research. I’ve been wondering why some friends don’t travel with us more than once! Here’s the logic. We might never pass this way …

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The Joy of Flea Marketing on Vacation: 9 Things to Remember, Especially in Cruise Ports

Everyone has their own term for it. One person’s flea marketing is another person’s antique shopping. Maybe they call them car boot sales. You might choose to attend an organized antique fair you read about before arriving in port. It can be great fun! Don’t lose track of time. While on a flying vacation, you are in the area for several days. You would never dream of going to an antique market across town on the same …

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14 Items Not to Forget on Your Next Cruise

You are a veteran cruiser. You scoff at those people hauling several enormous pieces of luggage out of the taxi for their seven night cruise. You’ve figured out packing for a 108 day world cruise includes the same items as packing for a 14 day cruise. Still, there are items that aren’t so obvious that should be included in your luggage. Your pre trip research. This voyage brings you to a port you’ve never visited before. It’s …

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What Do I Need Cash For? 10 Reasons To Have Cash In Hand On A Cruise

Cruise ships strive to be a cashless society. We might eventually get to that point in the rest of the world, but it still makes sense to bring cash when setting sail on vacation. Here are 10 reasons you want cash in hand: Paying the cab driver. You took a taxi to the pier. That nice driver lugged those huge roller bags into and out of their trunk. You will want to both pay and top them. …

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Hidden Values on Wine Lists

Doesn’t everyone want to be a star? To have that “aha” moment? You are seated at your table for eight in the main dining room. You are ordering a bottle of wine to be shared with your tablemates. You want to pick something that gets people saying “Wow! That’s good!” without breaking the bank. What do you do? Here are a dozen “hidden value” areas you will find on most wine lists, either at sea or on …

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What Are the Greatest Wines in the World (and Can You Try Them?)

Fine wine is up there with luxurious living. Occasionally you see articles about “The World’s Most Expensive Wines.” The prices look like phone numbers. You might consider these out of your price range and say “Let the billionaires fight over them!” We are (hopefully) emerging from the pandemic. It changes our values. Why can’t you have the experience too? Here’s the good news: Because of the increasing visibility of wine on ships, several might be available on …

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How to Order Wine in the Cruise Ship Dining Room

Thick wine lists can be intimidating. You met the fellow diners at your table last night. Tonight is the first formal evening. You made the case you are a wine fan in last night’s introductions. Now it’s time to prove yourself. How do you do it? Twelve Strategies For Thick Wine Lists Regardless if you are seated at a table for ten or a table for two, you want to navigate the wine list and get good …

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