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Brand Ambassadors

Almost a decade ago Carnival created a new position; naming their Senior Cruise Director, John Heald, Brand Ambassador. John is incredibly popular, and he and his team maintain a strong presence with his popular blog, as well as his Facebook page. In the time since John’s appointment as Brand Ambassador, as the use of the Internet [...]

Lobster, Lobster Everywhere!

There was a time when “lobster night” in the dining room was considered by many to be THE night to dine in the dining room on a cruise ship. To be honest, to me, they were just bottom-dwelling crustaceans, and pretty ugly looking things too. But to many cruisers lobster night was the top of the [...]

Golf Camp Cruising

Years ago you could hit golf balls off of the stern of the ship into the sea. That’s no longer available. But, coming in 2015 golfers will be able to cruise while getting golf instruction from Jim Maclean, one of the world’s most acclaimed teachers in the game. Golfers (like me) are obsessive and compulsive [...]

Dynamic Dining Issues

Just a few weeks ago, in this space, I wrote about Royal Caribbean’s announcement of the “Dynamic Dining” programs which were going to be introduced on their upcoming new ships, Quantum and Anthem of the Seas. In that blog I theorized “Dynamic Dining” would be the next step toward the eventual disappearance of the ”traditional”  large cruise [...]

Who’s A Cruise Expert

It amazes me how so many people can tell you exactly how many cruises they’ve been on. While they may not be able to tell you the birth-dates of their children, they can tell you how many cruises, which ships, and what type of cabin they had on each – sometimes, even recite the various [...]

Cruising’s Intoxicating Moments

While every type of business depends on repeat business, I believe there are few with a loyal customer base as cruising. On virtually every sailing of every ship, there are hundreds and hundreds of people who’ve cruised before; at least several times; often many times.’ Fact is, it is very infrequent occurrence that passengers disembark [...]

Restaurant Row

Right off the bat, let’s make it clear, this piece is not talking about how you’re going to have to row to help power the ship, while you’re dining. In pretty much every city in the world, there are “restaurant rows”; streets, or blocks of an area, where one can virtually go door to door to many different [...]

Don’t Allow Your Brain To Go On Vacation

In 2011; 66-year-old Oscar Antonio Mendoza, a passenger from the Celebrity Solstice, died from injuries incurred as a result of a mugging, while he was strolling near the port in Naples, Italy. This man died because a criminal spotted the Rolex watch he was wearing, and attempted to take it from him. Yes, the port [...]

Tips For Currency Conversion

The spring/summer cruise season has begun. Ships are or have been repositioning to where many will be sailing itineraries not usual to those they sailed during the winter months. If you’re going to be amongst the millions preparing to cruise you’ve no doubt given some thought to your spending on that cruise, and with that, thoughts [...]

Mental Health Concerns

Back a few months, in December ’13, a couple on the Celebrity Millennium, cruising in Australia, were put off the ship in Cairns because a woman with dementia had been left aboard alone while her husband took a tour. The manner with which  Celebrity cruise line reacted to this situation drew reactions that ran the [...]