Secrets You Want To Know About An Alaskan Cruise

download (52)If you are planning to go on an Alaskan Cruise and have not been on a cruise before, you probably have a lot of questions about cruises. There are so many cruise lines that offer Alaskan Cruises and many opportunities to get an Alaskan Cruise deal. When you know your budget, the prices of a cruise can range from a budget price to a luxury price. Alaskan cruises have become very popular in recent times so check around for the best value for your money. Alaskan cruises are usually seven to 12 days in length.

Whether you are single, a couple or a family of three or more, there is so much to see and do. Many cruise ships have day activities for the children and babysitting available. Singles find that a cruise ship is a great place to meet and get to know other passengers. There is so much included aboard a cruise ship. You can enjoy the comfort of your cabin or get out and enjoy swimming, gambling, entertainment, or just lounge by the pool and read that book you


5 Tips for First Time Cruisers

download (50)If you are a first time cruiser you are bound to have questions. We all did. Here are some tips to help you make some important decisions for you first cruise.

Cruise lines: how do you choose? The best way to do that is based on who is going. For a family I recommend Royal Caribbean, hands down they are the cruise line that will have something for all ages. Are you traveling in a group? Where does everyone want to go? Itinerary is probably most important. Do some research and decide where you want to go based on what time of year you are planning to travel. If you are going as couple you should probably choose based on your age and what the cruise line has to offer as far as activities. Do you want a nice spa with a thermal suite? Do you want a cruise that has cooking or wine classes? Do you like to go dancing at night? These are all things to research for you trip. Staterooms: how do you choose a stateroom? Now I know


Carnival Cruise Insider Tips

images (6)A Carnival Cruise is one of the best vacations you can take. Whether this is your first cruise or your tenth use these tips to make you Carnival Cruise more enjoyable. These tips are gathered from my personal experience and that of other passengers.

1. Don’t pack all of your items into one bag. Split your clothing up into a couple of bags. This way if one of the bags is lost you will still have clothing until the other bag is found.

2. Pack essentials (medicine, passports, and cruise documents) in your carry-on. You will have your carry-on with you until you get your room reducing the likely hood of these items getting lost.

3. Bring Ziploc bags with you. These are ideal for small items in that you don’t want to get wet. On the flip side they are also great for placing your wet bathing suit in after a shore excursion.

4. Bring your own aspirin, small toiletries and sunscreen. Although you can get these items onboard it is usually cheaper to purchase these items before the cruise.

5. Notify your bank


A Guide for First Time Cruisers

download (51)The term spoilt for choice was surely created for cruising. There are just so many wonderful cruises to choose from which take in some of the finest destinations in the world. With such choice it’s no wonder there are an ever growing army of dedicated cruising enthusiasts who take a cruise holiday year after year.

With cruising becoming an increasingly attractive option more and more people are choosing to take a cruise holiday for the very first time. For those that are about to embark on their first voyage there are a few helpful tips they might need to know.

Packing for a cruise is not the same as packing for any other holiday. For a cruise you will need to take three different types of clothing, casual, informal and formal. The reason for this is that during your stay the evening meals on board will be split in to the three different dress codes. You can check with your cruise line before you leave to read their dress code and find out what you should and shouldn’t take with you.

If you would


Botswana, Pure Wilderness Still Much to Explore

download (49)The republic of Botswana is a landlocked country with roughly 1.7 Million people, neighboring South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has the same size as France. In its North West there is the famous Okavango Delta, a unique inland delta that attracts a variety of wildlife, not only in the delta itself, but also in the adjacent parks.

Travelling in the Botswana wilderness will be guaranteed for adventure and pure African wildlife. The policy of the Botswana Government is to preserve this habitat and they do that by keeping safaris an exclusive event. Access to the parks, camping fees etcetera is expensive. And that is just the start. So you will not see the herds of tourists and safari vehicles as you may have seen in Tanzania or Kenya. And although the facilities in the parks have been upgraded the past two years, they are minimal. You will travel deep into the bush, being remote from whatever form of civilization and thus a refrigerator, stove or shower are to be brought along. Going in by yourself requires planning your adventure well


Sailing Cruise – What Is It?

download (48)What is a Sailing Cruise?

A sailing cruise is essentially a voyage from place to place aboard a wind driven boat, as opposed to an engine driven vessel. The term “cruise”, tends to be applied where guests are passengers on the voyage rather than participating in sailing the boat.

Boats offering sailing cruises tend to be quite long, more than 100ft (30m), and capable of carrying a number of passengers, each of whom pays an individual price for a bunk / berth, or a cabin.

How is it different from a Sailing Holiday?

On a sailing holiday guests want to, and pay to be involved in activities to sail the boat from one location to the next. Typically, this type of holiday is a more active proposition.

How is a Sailing Cruise different from a Sailing Boat Charter?

Guests can book an individual place (berth or cabin) on a sailing cruise; a sailboat charter is a booking for the whole boat and is generally made by a group, family or business for a private voyage.

What Types of Sailing Cruise Are There?

Trips may be booked for a day,


Selecting a Cruise That Is Right for You

images (5)If you are taking a cruise for the first time, the experience can be a little overwhelming. There is a lot more involved with taking a cruise than one might think. The first thing most people start to consider when planning a cruise is their budget. This is a very important place to start.

Experienced travelers know that there is more to picking just the right cruise than budget alone. There are couple of important factors to consider when choosing just the right cruise. With so many cruise options available it is important to find a destination and ship that will fit what you are looking for in a cruise. This in itself can be an over whelming process as there are so many destinations to choose from in the Caribbean alone.

For some, the perfect cruise will be an excursion with some of the best shopping available known to man, for others shopping is the furthest thing from their mind and it may be snorkeling or scuba diving that is on the top of their must do list. Needless to say it


How to Choose the Best Cruise for You

download (47)Thinking about taking a Caribbean cruise? There are so many choices to make and the decision making process can become a bit overwhelming. There are a few things you should consider when taking a cruise. Here is a list of things that will help you decide which cruise is best for you.

  • When to go
  • Where to go
  • What kind of cruise

Answering these three questions is a great start to planning a cruise. However, these aren’t easy questions to answer and with so many options for each question it is easy to understand how someone could become overwhelmed. So I have provided some information that might help make answering these questions a bit easier. For this article we are going to address the question “what kind of cruise?”

Are you looking for a romantic getaway for 2 or a family friendly ship that will accommodate your whole family? You may be a young adult looking for a singles cruise or a retired couple celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. Although no matter what cruise you take, there will be a mix of young, old, single cruisers


Tips to Successfully Choosing Your First Cruise

download (46)Choosing your first cruise can be a very daunting task as there are so many available. Cruise vacations are great value for money, but they are not only for budget conscious travelers. There are cruises to suit every budget. And the days of cruises being the vacation of choice for retirees are long gone.

1. Price. The first thing you need to decide is how much you want to spend, including getting to and from the port and possible overnighting. Remember that everything is not included in your up front cost – on board “extras” include alcoholic beverages, spa treatments, on board shopping, some dining options, and port taxes. When you see a cruise advertised for $99, that is the basic cost only. These “extras” are automatically charged to your credit card – look out for special deals offering “on board credit”.

2. Length of Cruise. How long do you want to spend on your cruise vacation, including travel time to and from the port. Cruises are available all year long worldwide in anything from 3-day breaks to multi-week adventures.

3. Type of Cruise.


Dress Atire for a Cruise

download (44)When deciding what cruise you want to book, some of the decisions you will need to make are readily apparent, such as the length of the cruise, the port from which you leave and return, and the ports of call. Other decisions as to which cruise are not as obvious, such as what to wear on a cruise.

During the past two decades, many cruise lines have sought to broaden their clientele by appealing to families, singles, and those who have never taken a cruise because they shy away from the structure and level of formality associated with cruises.

Part of the strategy for appealing to a broader range of people for some of the cruise lines is to relax the dress code for passengers on board their ships, while other cruise lines continue to have the traditional dress requirements.

Deciphering the Definitions

Most cruise lines in their brochures or itineraries will indicate the type of dress passengers are expected to wear in a particular area of the ship or event. Reviewing the guidelines of what to wear on a cruise not only gives you


When to Go After Last Minute Cruise Deals

images (4)I have been asked several times on how to decide whether to book in advance or wait for a deal in the last minute. The answer mostly depends on how flexible you are, how often the particular cruise you want takes place, and how popular it is. Here are some tips on deciding when to go after a last minute deal

Do you need your cabin to be in a specific location?

The longer you wait to book your cruise, the less control you will have on deciding where your cabin is located. Usually, most of the cabins available when booking a last minute cruise are guaranteed cabins. This means, they guarantee the type of room you request or better but you cannot choose the specific room or location, they pick it. So if you tend to get seasick and need a centrally located cabin, then book in advance when you still have a good selection on rooms to choose from. But if you don’t mind where your room is, you will have a much better chance in getting a good last minute


Cunard Line: The World’s Most Exclusive Cruise Company

download (45)Cunard Line sets the standard for exceptional comfort, understated elegance, and over-the-top luxury. It boasts of three magnificent ships: the Queen Elizabeth 2, the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Mary 2, sitting 1,791 passengers, 2,014 passengers, and 2,620 passengers, respectively. Cunard Line has a host of undeniably luxurious ships but its reasonable premium-brand prices give it the edge over its top-shelf competitors.

The Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Line is the world’s biggest ocean liner. Moreover, it is the only ship where you can experience a transatlantic cruise any time of the year. Its rich legacy and opulence is evident in its accommodations, amenities, and restaurants. Its onboard planetarium will astound you as well as the on-board artwork that is worth more than $5 million.

The Queen Victoria mirrors the breathtaking splendour of the Cunard Line’s honoured history, which has been successfully fused with the contemporary ambience of a world-class cruise ship. It is big enough to let you indulge in the finer things in life but also cosy enough to make you appreciate the warmth and intimacy of the surroundings with


Things To Know Before You Set Out On Your First Cruise

download (42)Until you experience a cruise, you won’t really understand what a unique way of traveling and vacationing it is. If you are going on a cruise for the first time, it will be better if you read up a little on the subject and ask an experienced cruise traveler for advice on the preparations that you should make.

Here are some things that you should know to ensure that you get the most of your time onboard and have a memorable trip.

  • Book with a reputable cruise line: Booking your tour with a well-established cruise line that enjoys an excellent reputation ensures you of a hassle-free and enjoyable voyage. Check out a popular online local business directory to learn about the cruise lines that you can consider and do a little research to find the perfect cruise deal.
  • Know the daily itinerary: Read the next day’s itinerary that will be provided to you daily. This will help you plan your day and make sure that you don’t miss out on any onboard fun.
  • Do look around the ship: You can spend some part of the

First Time Cruising With Carnival Spirit

download (43)The Carnival cruise line is an amazing fleet of luxury cruise trips that caters for all types of cruisers. Families, couples and groups of friends of all ages are made welcome on board their ships and the entertainment is catered for all.

The Carnival fleet currently contains 22 ships that are found world-wide and most popular in the Caribbean. Some of the ship names include the legend, victory, glory, pride, destiny, dream and the paradise.

Carnival finally made its move into Australian waters offering short trips on the east coast of Australia but also to the beautiful South Pacific Islands.

Currently only the Carnival Spirit departs from Sydney Australia and this is the ship I was privileged enough to experience. The Carnival Legend will soon be arriving to Australia shortly as well.

There are 10 levels on the Carnival Spirit which includes a number of restaurants, day spa, a gym, 2 main pools for all ages and an adults only area which includes a pool and Jacuzzi too.

The entire ship is decked out with magnificent artworks, structures and paintings particularly in the Grand Atrium


Preparing for Your First Cruise

images (3)No longer the sole preserve of the rich, cruise holidays are now an affordable and popular option with holidaymakers everywhere. Nonetheless, once you have booked your first cruise, your mind will inevitably turn to things like seasickness, luggage to pack and how to keep your children entertained etc. Follow the advice below and your first cruise will be an enjoyable experience.

If you can, it is best to limit your travelling time before you set off for your first cruise. Ideally, you should book a cruise which leaves from your native country and (if possible) near to where you live. You will have enough things to think about when you are embarking on your maiden cruise, without the hassle of having to catch a flight.

However, sometimes, the only way to get the type of cruise holiday you want is to meet a ship at an overseas port. Obviously, if you live in a country that the major cruise lines do not port in, then this is unavoidable. If this applies to you and you are a first time cruiser, then a


Cruise Tips for First-Timers

download (41)Travelling is certainly one of the most amazing past times that people are fond of doing every year. It entails experiencing new sites, new attractions and most importantly, it also entails having to experience different cultures from different places that is part of the cruise. This is definitely a new experience for people who would experience their first time on a cruise and to help them have fun, here are some of the things that they may wish to bear in mind before they travel or go on a cruise:

When travelling or going on a cruise, people need to make sure that they have their travel documents with them. Travel document are very important so be sure to keep them in your carry-on bags. Always pack your travel documents first to ensure that you would not have a hard time when going on a cruise.

Going on a cruise would also entail spending money so it is important that you only bring enough for the cruise. Just bring your ATM or your credit cards so you would not end up spending all


The Unexpected on Our First Cruise

download (40)Much of what I write here may be “old hat” to the experienced cruiser. But to those new to cruising, they can be unexpected even though your travel agent and the brochures you read may have mentioned the items I’m writing about. Experiencing them for the first time is often surprising.

The first surprise is the Personal Identity Card that is issued to you when you roll up at the cruise terminal. You attach it to a lanyard and put it around your neck. It becomes your on-board companion for the cruise. It is the key to your state room; the card you use to purchase items, such as drinks or coffee on board and, with your passport, your right to get back on the ship.

As you board the ship for the first time the crew check your card and take a photograph of you so that each time you leave or return to the ship your card and therefore your photograph are checked. The card also allows you to check your on-board account to see the extent of your purchasers. This


A Week’s Vacation in the Islands of the Aegean Sea With a Sailing Boat

download (38)Endless hours on the beach, overlooking the blue horizon, the night sky and stars. Early in the morning a cup of coffee, pyjamas as swimwear and then dive to the “big blue”. Only you and your mate, in secluded bays, and yet in the most popular islands. The sailing holidays are a way of life, which however can be followed by all.

Let’s start our sailing trip from Paros Island. The advantage of Paros lies in the fact that Paros is located exactly at the center of the Cyclades with so many islands around, thus making your cruising vacations in Greece an ideal option.

This gives you the opportunity to sail out every day, no matter where the wind blows from, making your islands hopping a dream.

There are so many choices and so many anchorages to stay even in very rough conditions, that sailing is safe and enjoyable even for relatively inexperienced crews.

Day 1: Set sail around Paros for your first destination, Naxos. Depending on the weather conditions it’s going to take 3-4 hours sailing. Naxos is one of the biggest islands of


Our First Day on Our First Cruise

download (39)The first day of our first cruise, we found, was quite a daunting experience. There were thousands of passengers and friends in the area when we arrived to board. It appeared to be organised chaos. We wondered what we had let ourselves into. But let me tell you how we got to be on our first cruise, first before explaining our “questionable” start to our first cruise.

I had always wanted to try a cruise. Our first cruise came about by default. Six months before my 70th birthday my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I said a new set of golf clubs. Her reply was “not until you improve your golf.” My golf at the time was uninspiring. Then I suggested that I would like to see the Wanaka War Birds shows in New Zealand only to find out that the show had been on the previous week. It only occurred every two years. So then I suggested the cruise. My wife had resisted the idea in the past. But now I had the opportunity to get to


Our Christmas Cruise Traveling to Puerta Vallarta and Saving Money

download (37)My wife and I booked our first cruise for Christmas after much deliberation. The cost,what do the rooms look like, are we going to be sleeping by the anchor or the engine? Thank goodness for the internet because we were able to cross-reference the rooms that were available with rooms that had a video of them that were placed on the internet. We were able to look at the rooms and figure out if we were going to have to travel with one suitcase or the usual five. Just kidding, I pack three and carry two more. The next item on the agenda is to get the passports so we can explore the island.We discovered that if you do not have a passport and something happens and you have to fly back to the United States then the situation becomes quite complex. The Consulate comes into play and probably a lot of other costly expenses that could be avoided. Two different sources highly suggested a passport so off we go to get pictures, fingerprinted and we are to be made ”legal”.