When I board a cruise ship, I’m not the best at filling the ‘empty time’ between embarkation and getting the green light to go to my cabin. I tend to sit around twiddling my thumbs, and it’s only after I’ve unpacked and got my stateroom shipshape that I really start to relax and enjoy my [...]
When I first started cruising I noticed a curious thing – whenever I took stuff to the dry-cleaners it would come back a size too small. It also seemed odd that my washing machine malfunctioned after a voyage, running hot so clothes emerged smaller. Now of course, I know better. So while it’s true cruising broadens the mind, it also can broaden the waistline.
To plan or not to plan? That is the question.
It’s your first cruise, and you’re setting sail with all the gadgets and gizmos of our digital age – phone, camera, tablet and so forth – and then in your cabin, you find there’s nowhere to plug in all the chargers. It’s just one of the many things that you only find out when you’re onboard [...]
Selfies might have taken over from autographs, but there are times when only a good old fashioned signature will do. Naturally, I don’t want to spoil the magic, but I reckon it must be quite hard to write if you happen to be a mouse, duck or dog – particularly if you have to sign [...]
I think we all agree there’s never any danger of going hungry on a cruise ship; yet it seems there are some metaphorical tears on the pillow following reports of a shortage or total demise of bedtime chocolates – and it’s prompted quite a debate on the forums. However much I’ve already eaten, if I [...]
I’ve always been intrigued by stories of priceless paintings, top secret documents, wooden legs and so forth being left on trains, buses, planes – and of course cruise ships. Accounts of lost glasses (very common), hearing aids, single shoes, underwear left behind in pre-cruise hotels and expensive jewelry left in the cabin safe after disembarkation are [...]
I cut my nautical teeth on ocean cruises, followed by numerous river cruises on vessels carrying around 200 passengers. But for my last trip, I took my first barge cruise aboard one of CroisiEurope‘s four boats operating in France (24-passenger Jeanine, practically sharing my name), a lesser-known and smaller – in every sense – sector [...]keep looking »