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The Pain of Cruise Weight Gain

We’ve all heard the expression: Cruisers are newly-wed, over-fed or nearly dead. My guess is the typical cruiser puts on about five to ten pounds during a week-long cruise, and how can you not? With breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, 24hr pizza and ice cream, five course dinners, and room service, food is available at […]

Choosing Your Next Cruise

You’re desperate to go on another cruise… or maybe this is your first. Maybe you already know exactly where you want to go and when, but there are so many choices out there, and so many things to consider before you make your booking. We already have a cruise booked in December 2012 (End of […]

It’s Picture Day every day!

A cruise is a wonderful opportunity to get some great family photos. Throughout the week there are different backdrops and photographers available to take both formal and casual shots in the ship. Imagine trying to organize this at home… getting everyone there at the same time during your busy lives, getting them to dress up, […]

Digging for discounts

The most popular discount appears to be “on board credit” offered by cruiselines and travel agents alike. Generally you can find these as the cruise is getting closer, so waiting to book could be bitter sweet. You could get a free upgrade if you book sooner, or $50-$100 if you book later. My personal preference […]

Which Cabin Should I Choose?

When we started cruising, we didn’t know the first thing about choosing a cabin. We basically took the cheapest and enjoyed it because we didn’t know any better. We had inside cabins for the first three cruises, until… Our Hawai’ian cruise, on NCL’s Pride of America! We decided that, for such a beautiful location as […]

On Board Spending

It is so easy to visit the gift shops multiple times a day. Maybe you saw something there earlier that you just have to go back for before it is gone. Some items do appear to run out during the week, but the ports usually have very reasonably priced souvenirs so you may want to […]

Keeping Hydrated

Many cruise lines offer a soda package – it generally works out to about $6 a day with a souvenir cup. This is nice if you drink, say, at least 3 cans of soda every day. But you have to carry the cup with you all the time, and you can’t use it when you’re not on […]

The Shopping Seminar

Beware of free precious stones!  Ok, so you just “won” the opportunity to open an oyster.  Your oyster contains a pearl, or two!  Wow!  Well, you either a) leave the pearls and say, “no thanks,” b) pay for the pearl(s) and take them with you, or c) you have them mount them into an unplanned […]

Visiting the Spa

There are some great incentives to visit the Spa while you’re on board. Some cruise lines will offer special deals if you book on the first day, or give discounts if your appointment times are while the ship is in port. If you just want to treat yourself to a massage, go ahead, but BEWARE! […]

Your First Cruise – what to expect and how to keep within your budget

So you’ve booked your first cruise, that’s great! You’ve already figured out that it is a great deal to have accommodation, entertainment and meals all inclusive in this moving resort, and with the added bonus of visiting several ports. There are a few things you need to know in order to stay within a reasonable […]

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