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Cruise Ship’s Personalities

With assistance from cruise line’s previous marketing campaigns and word of mouth from their friends and neighbors, many people view cruising through mental images of fine dining, fancy dress, lively fun on sun decks, and Las Vegas style floor shows. Today’s cruise industry is much more complex than that; cruising today has multiple personalities. Through the 1990s [...]

Why Teens Should Cruise

A few weeks ago I wrote about why seniors should cruise. Clearly, being a senior I am much more familiar with that situation than I am teens. But, honestly I was a teen once. And when my sons were teens, I know they loved cruising, and I think I may know why. #1 – The [...]

Finding The (Illusive) Great Travel Agent

Over the years,in  every article I  ever wrote about choosing a cruise, or booking a cruise, I’ve recommended talking to, and booking with a travel agent; preferably one who specializes in cruises. In my view, the alternative – booking directly with a cruise line – is the least desirable option available. So, many times I’ve been asked the million dollar [...]

It’s Great To Celebrate On A Cruise

Thankfully during the course of our lives we have many life events we celebrate. The celebration of many of those life events are easily arranged and enjoyed on cruise ships. Birthdays are a great reason to celebrate. They occur every year, so we’re supplied with an annual reason to indulge ourselves. To celebrate you can [...]

Why Seniors Should Cruise

Before anyone gets up in arms accusing me of ageism ( before even reading this piece).  And prior to the ”Grey Army”  being given its marching orders, to rebut  me full force,  I want to make it clear, I am myself a senior. I’m one of you;  a card carrying member of AARP. My hair is fully white-grey, and I wake [...]

See What Ship Fits

It’s likely that you’ve never tried on the underwear of a neighbor or friend (unless you’re a 12 or 13 year old girl). It’s also unlikely that you would think your friend’s favorite outfit would be perfect for you. But, it’s surprising just how many people will choose to cruise on a cruise line, or [...]

Can You Lose Your Cruise Lust

It probably makes perfect sense that I love cruising. For 14 years I’ve been avidly following the industry, and writing about it for CruiseMates. Like many others who love cruising, almost as soon as I returned from a cruise, I was looking for the next one, if in fact I didn’t already have several more [...]

The Dumbest Way To Try And Save Money

To state it simply, one cannot predict when or where an event calamitous to your life, or that of a family member, can occur. Yet, for  a much too large percentage of people planning a cruise, making the choice to save money in their cruise budget by not purchasing travel insurance is far too common. The [...]

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 [...]