Hot on the Forums: Can I Have your Autograph?

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 [...]

Hot on the Forums: Where’s My Bedtime Chocolate?

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 [...]

Hot on the Forums: Do You Take Food on a Cruise Ship?

A cruise ship might seem like the last place on earth where you’d need to bring your own food. I always swore I’d never be the type of unadventurous person who’d take sackloads of home comforts on holiday, but sure enough I found myself stashing a pack of Scottish oatcakes and a box of tea [...]

Hot on the Forums: Strange Items Lost and Found on Cruise Ships

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 [...]

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: Formal Fashion Dos – and Don’ts

There’s a fine line on dress-up night at sea between the right to individual expression and a wardrobe disaster the wearer’s friends or partner should really have helped prevent. But should we really judge what other people wear? Well, we’re only human (and secretly, not always very nice) and we do judge, as some of [...]

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 [...]

Hot on the Forums: Up in Smoke

This week Carnival announced that as of October 9, it will ban smoking on its balconies, joining most other mainstream cruise lines. Just Norwegian and Holland America allow balcony smoking now, and in the UK, Saga and Fred. Olsen (which doesn’t have many balconies anyway). The first reaction for many cruisers is probably ‘Good!’ Even [...]

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