Hot on the Forums: Playing Pranks with Room Service Breakfast

The old adage goes that you should breakfast like a king, and nutrition experts always say it’s the most important meal of the day. However, it seems quite a few members are getting bigger breakfasts than they bargained for. Apparently, it’s not unheard of for nocturnal practical jokers to go around and alter room service […]

Hot on the Forums: Family Cruising… Beyond the Grave

Property, jewelery, heirlooms and personal bequests are among the many legacies people leave in wills to their loved ones, but how about an inheritance where a family gets to cruise every year on a specified line? It’s certainly a new one to me, and although I always reckon you should never look a gift horse […]

We Try It: Roadtesting a Butler on a River Cruise

Unless you live in a stately home, the closest you’ve probably gotten to a butler is watching "Downton Abbey." Until recently, I could say the same. Two consecutive river vessel christenings brought back-to-back butlers into my life. Once the preserve of country estates and seagoing ships, butlers have become an increasing presence on river cruise […]

Hot on the Forums: What Snacks Would You Like to See Onboard?

Let’s face it, you’re never starved at sea or end up feeling ravenous on rivers. But there are times on a cruise when you have cravings for that little extra something in between meals. After an eye-watering serving of wasabi nuts appeared alongside my cocktail on a recent cruise, I found myself hankering the milder […]

Hot on the Forums: More Packing Oddities

Deciding what to pack or — possibly more crucial — what to leave behind, is part and parcel of cruising. The usual pattern is that most of us take far too much on our first cruise and fine tune things down the line. However, for many passengers the packing ritual goes way beyond what to […]

Hot on the Forums: Do You Collect Cruise Souvenirs?

Fridge magnets, key rings, ornaments and the obligatory T-shirts (bragging rights optional) are some of the most popular cruise souvenirs to bring home, according to a thread on the forums — and that’s not forgetting the things you really don’t want to bring back, such as extra pounds and credit card bills. A discussion of […]

Hot on the Forums: Do Costume Parties Make You Want to Jump Overboard?

Mention the words costume party, and you’re guaranteed to get one of two reactions — each at one of the furthest ends of the barometer. Now, I’ve been known to dabble in a bit of light sartorial swashbuckling on pirate night, but for other cruisers, even formal night is perceived as going too far. The […]

Hot on the Forums: Can You Bear to Leave Your Pets at Home?

As an animal lover, I’ve been on many a cruise where the dinner table conversation has turned to four-legged friends and my dining companions have pulled out photographic evidence of cute cats, delightful dogs and more exotic creatures including parrots, reptiles and chinchillas. Although I have always been happy to set sail and leave members […]

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