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 [...]

Hot on the Forums: Sail for the Ship or Destinations?

Why do you cruise? If you’re reading this on a sun-soaked balcony with a glass of something suitable in hand or sailing towards exciting unchartered territories, it might seem a stupid question. But rather like the age-old chicken and egg conundrum, do you cruise to see the sea – and the ship – or do [...]

Hot on the Forums: Lime Shortage Leaves Sour Taste

Onboard margaritas and mojitos are missing their mojo and Coronas have lost their crowning glory due to a lime shortage. As commercial suppliers and buyers are – no other word for it -squeezed by the soaring cost of the small citrus fruit, thirsty cruisers have been left shaken and stirred. According to USA Today, a [...]

Hot on the Forums: Steering a Course to Your Cabin

We’ve all been there: You’ve studied the deck plan – and turned it upside down a couple of times for good measure – and you are convinced you’re heading forward to the red stairwell. Instead you end up aft by the blue stairwell looking at a row of even numbered cabins when yours has an [...]

Hot on the Forums: Should You Befriend Cruise Crew on Facebook?

An officer, waitress, hotel manager, cabin attendant and several bar staff (oh dear, there might be a bit of a common theme developing with that one) are among my cruise crew buddies on Facebook. There’s no doubt the social networking site makes it easy to keep in touch and see what everyone’s been up to [...]

Hot on the Forums: What Does Your Butler Do?

Mention the word butler and landlubbers probably conjure up an image of Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson. Yet these days butlers are no longer the preserve of British stately homes and palaces.  It’s enough to give the grand Dowager Countess of Grantham an attack of the vapors, but their presence on cruise ships is becoming increasingly [...]

Hot on the Forums: Baring it All in the Sauna?

When it comes to dress code, our forums are packed with everything from tips and advice to gripes and grumbles. But what do you do when it comes to what not to wear — are you happy to bare all in your birthday suit, should you spare your blushes in a swimsuit or do a [...]

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