December 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

December 3, 2015 | By | No Comments

December Cruise Calendar

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    Hot on the Forums: How Did You Catch the Cruising Bug?

    November 13, 2015 | By | 3 Comments

    Friends on a cruise

    We all remember our very first cruise, but exactly what was it that made you splash out and try life on the ocean?

    Whether you developed sea legs in childhood, or came to cruising in retirement, there are lots of reasons behind passengers’ decisions to take the proverbial plunge. Many have now been revealed on the forums. From being captivated by the TV series The Love Boat or being a late convert, the thread started by misty57 has evoked plenty of memories.

    She asked fellow Cruise Critic members how they caught the cruising bug and shares her own: “Our first three-night cruise did it for us! It was for our 10th wedding anniversary. Those were the days of inside cabins (those will be coming back more as we inch into retirement), and traditional dining. Looking forward to 20 and 21 next year.”

    The TV show Love Boat, launched in 1977 made quite an impression on members such as cruznjan who writes: “The cruising bug hit me pre-cruise from watching The Love Boat. After my first cruise on the Rotterdam in 1980, I was definitely hooked.”

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      November 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

      October 30, 2015 | By | 3 Comments

      November Cruise Calendar

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      3. If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference panel (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

      4. For phone and tablet, open the link and center the photo on your phone so it fills the screen. Take a photo and save it on your device. Then go to your Settings and find your Wallpaper (on an iPhone, this is under “Wallpapers & Brightness.” Set the saved calendar photo as your wallpaper.

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      Check back on November 30 for the December 2015 calendar.

        A Legacy That Lives on in the Galapagos Islands

        October 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

        Galapagos seals

        It’s not often that you get a new ship (36 years in fact), so Galapagos specialist Metropolitan Touring thought they would mark the occasion not with the usual bottle-smashing and ceremony, but in a more meaningful way.

        The line decided to mark the passing of its old ship – Santa Cruz – and the arrival of the new one – the appropriately named Santa Cruz II – with a series of ‘legacy sailings’ for children living on the islands.

        Santa Cruz group

        The first project is the “Legacy of the Santa Cruz for the Galápagos Islands”, as marketing director Maria Cecilia Alzamora said: “As a way to thank the community of the Galápagos and as a farewell “celebration” of the Santa Cruz, we have invited 210 native children from the Galápagos to embark on voyages of discovery.

        “Giving them the opportunity to enjoy as tourists the beauty of the archipelago in which they live; allowing them to know more about this ecosystem so they gain a better appreciation and understanding on how to protect and respect it.”

        New expedition cruise ship launches in Galapagos

        (She could be right: some 10 years ago, a young lad called Christpher Naranjo, a Galapagos native, cruised onboard Santa Cruz. Today he is one of Santa Cruz II’s team of naturalists.)

        Metropolitan Touring organized three 4-night cruises on board Santa Cruz starting on October 11th.

        She added: “We truly believe that by making them fall in love with the Enchanted Islands, these young adventurers will engage in the conservation and protection of the islands wildlife.”

        Santa Cruz group

        It’s not the first time Metropolitan has done this, but never on this scale, with a whole ship given over to kids.

        It is also unprecedented in the Galapagos Islands: normally one ship replaces another immediately due to strict limits on the number of ships which can operate. But the authorities made an exception for such a worthy cause.

        The second project XPedicion Ecuador will see Metro Touring working closely with the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador on encouraging local children to get to know their own country via a collectible sticker album. Once the album is completed there will be a prize draw, including three Galápagos cruises for four people aboard Santa Cruz II.

          Hot on the Forums: Do You Have a Pre-Cruise Ritual?

          October 16, 2015 | By | 1 Comment

          Essential travel goods

          Passport (check), wallet (check), tickets (check), keys (check), iron and oven off (check) – then repeat at least three times to make sure. We all have our pre-cruise rituals and checklists, but some are a lot more pleasurable than others.

          From splashing out on stretch limos to stopping at a favorite cafe on the way to the port, Cruise Critic members have a variety of enjoyable routines to get their cruise off to a great start.

          Thebosn1 got the ball rolling when he took the forums to ask: “Does anyone else have a specific pre-cruise activity that has become a tradition for them? For example, years ago I started having steak and eggs the morning that we leave home for our trip…. Not really superstitious, but now I feel as if it would jinx the whole trip if I don’t have my steak and eggs! My wife has capitalized on this by demanding a banana nut muffin at the airport as we start each trip.”

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            October 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

            October 14, 2015 | By | No Comments

            October Cruise Calendar

            Get your October 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

            Here’s how to put this photo on your computer, tablet or cell phone:

            1. Click on the following links to get the size that you want. Each link will open a new window (or tab) displaying the wallpaper, in the appropriate format for your screen size.

            2. For the desktop versions, right-click on the image, and choose the option that says, “Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture,” or something similar. The wording depends on your browser. Mac users should ctrl-click and save the photo on their computer in the “Pictures” folder.

            3. If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference panel (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose”Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

            4. For phone and tablet, open the link and center the photo on your phone so it fills the screen. Take a photo and save it on your device. Then go to your Settings and find your Wallpaper (on an iPhone, this is under “Wallpapers & Brightness.” Set the saved calendar photo as your wallpaper.

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            Check back on October 30 for the November 2015 calendar.

              Hot on the Forums: How Do You Cope With Noisy Cabin Neighbors?

              October 9, 2015 | By | 10 Comments

              Noisy cruise neighbors

              It’s not unusual to have an unexpected wake up call on the water. Whether it’s a TV that hasn’t been turned off or doors that slam in the night, noises seep through walls that aren’t as thick as they seem.

              So many cruisers can relate to member jomf, who found herself sleepless at sea on Norwegian Jade. On the Cruise Critic forum she asks: “Why do people consider their cabin to be completely sound proof? Or 3 a.m. their normal time for shouting, laughing and banging doors? Both weeks of our trip were ruined by noisy neighbors (different sets of people each week), night after night, even after calling the front desk to ask them to quiet down. What are other people’s solution to this problem or are we too sensitive?”

              The response came back loud (fine when it’s in writing) and clear — jomf is not the only one irked by carousing cruisers who are too close for comfort.

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                Hot on the Forums: Lobster – Love It Or Happy To Lose It?

                October 2, 2015 | By | No Comments

                Lobster dinner

                Chatting about crustaceans (or loss of them) is a popular recurring theme on the Cruise Critic forums. It’s now resurfaced, so to speak, following Carnival’s decision to stop serving ‘free’ lobster on cruises of five nights or less.

                The announcement has also triggered a new wave of comments in a thread started back in 2011 by scgamecock asking members to reveal the record number of lobster tails consumed in one sitting. The original poster (who admits to having eaten four) witnessed a pair of fellow diners having a chow down contest and eating seven each, adding: “They ordered all seven at once and the waiter didn’t even flinch. Started out with one, then they put three per plate on the next two plates.”

                Now running to ten pages, recent comments come from members including WAHMto5 who got the answer straight from the horse’s mouth: “We asked our main server on the last cruise the most he has ever served to anyone and he said 14!! I stick to my two each cruise.”

                For those who find tales of excessive lobster tail consumption hard to stomach, ObstructedView2 ventures that size at sea matters and writes: “On land a typical lobster tail is between 8 to 14 ounces. The average size of (complimentary) lobster aboard cruise ships are 3 to 3.5 ounces. I typically eat three to four of them.”

                So what of the latest lobster news?

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