Hot on the Forums: Door Decorating, Tasteful or Tacky?

Navigating the way back to your cabin can sometimes be tricky; particularly when coupled with the cruise ship curiosity that make numbers blurred late in the evening (often combined with a sense of direction going out of the porthole). I have always resorted to asking a steward or crew member the way, but with a [...]

Hot on the Forums: Creating Crazy Combos at the Buffet

Burger pizza anyone? As someone who makes Marmite and squashed banana sandwiches (go on, I dare you) and recently tried a slice of peanut butter and jelly pizza (surprisingly good), it’s fair to say I have a few odd food faves. But when faced with an expansive ship’s buffet I find it hard enough to [...]

A Closer Look: What Song is Best for Sailaway?

What feelings would “My Heart Will Go On” – the Titanic theme tune – evoke if you heard it as you sailed out of port: Happy, excited – or extremely nervous? Apparently, there are quite a few of you who would like to listen to that particular soundtrack during the sailaway party, at least according [...]

Observed Onboard: Cruising with Japanese Toilets

Are you ready for a wash and blow dry? (And we’re not talking about hair salons.) When Princess Cruises turned its attention to Japan – with Japanese-built Diamond Princess and Sun Princess offering cruises designed specifically for passengers from Japan – it wasn’t just the menus that were tweaked to cater to the tastes of [...]

Wining & Dining: What’s Your Cruise Food Obsession?

Food and cruising go hand in hand. Whether it’s seeking out the best martini at sea or savoring the same mouth-watering dessert night after night, we all have our culinary obsessions. I have never understood the passion to devour copious amounts of lobster onboard cruise ships. Likewise crab claws, Alaskan or otherwise. Whether they’re ‘free’ [...]

Hot on the Forums: How Do You Handle a Cruise Bore?

I had only just sat down and introduced myself to my new dining companions when a foghorn voice boomed from the far end of the table: “So is this your first cruise?” Before I could open my mouth, the questioner drew breath and launched into a monologue about every cruise he’d been on. With only fleeting [...]

Egypt: Open for Business Again?

The last time I was in Egypt, the most popular tourist stretch of the Nile between Luxor and the Aswan High Dam was a non-stop bustling waterway, populated by small sailboats, working barges and river cruise vessels. The scene from my vantage point on the sun deck of MS Grand Rose tells a very different [...]

Hot on the Forums: What Onboard Activities and Areas Do You Ignore?

Cruise ships are awash with a multitude of onboard activities, from the traditional deck games, bridge, bingo and trivia quizzes that bring out varying degrees of competitiveness to all-singing all-dancing shows and movies under the stars. And that’s before you even tackle the rock-climbing walls and watersports on all-action cruises or strike a pose for [...]

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