Get your September 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! So many places in the world can be accessed through cruising, including some countries that you might not consider as a typical vacation. Case in point? The Danube River, between Serbia and Romania. River ships here float by some stunning scenery, including the Danube River Gorge pictured here (For more, read Cruising Eastern Europe on the Danube River).
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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 breakfast tags. And while some members see it as a harmless prank, others wonder what can be done to stop the culprits in their tracks.
Members Pete and Judy started a thread on the forums following an unexpected breakfast banquet on Holland America Line’s Oosterdam.
One of them reports: “Someone tampered with our order by marking three extra omelets, bananas, yogurt and extra juices. I was surprised when I opened the door and saw the room service waiter struggling with this giant tray. He showed me the tag and I could see where someone ordered me extra stuff. The waiter said it happened five times the previous week. In the future I am considering using a red pen or something to mark my stuff. But, it has only happened once to me in over 100 days cruising. Any thoughts or ideas? Has anyone else had this happen?”
Fellow member family man 57 says: “How spooky! Just thought I’d check in the Holland America message boards having just returned from a week-long trip on the Ryndam (fabulous BTW), where on the morning of disembarkation eight omelets with bacon and sausage were delivered to our room. Upon phoning room service in case another family was waiting for their order, the waiter came along with the room card which had clearly been altered. I hate waste, and to see the mound of food being discarded made me very annoyed.”
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Cruise Ship: Island Princess
Background: After two cruises on newer Princess ships, 4hends’ third time was a charm. It all started with an upgrade from a mini-suite to a suite, only six weeks before disembarkation. With a large ensuite hot tub, spacious balcony and more unexpected perks, he and his wife reveled in the ship’s freshly refurbished spaces and familiar new-ship feel. Read on to see what he loved most.
Onboard Highlight: The adults-only Sanctuary, a favorite on all of their Princess cruises.
Port Highlight: Santorini, which wasn’t even on the original itinerary.
Don’t Miss: The port lectures, especially if you’re unfamiliar with a destination. 4hends found the tips for getting on and off the ship particularly helpful.
Watch Out For: Room service. 4hends thought it was a bit disorganized.
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I’m onboard Seven Seas Mariner for a cruise that takes us from Lisbon, Portugal, through southern Spain, southern France and northern Italy, before we disembark in Civitavecchia (Rome). The itinerary, which Regent Seven Seas calls “Celestial Sojourn,” is a pretty typical one for the cruise line, which specializes in luxury experiences in small ports.
Check out my first impressions from my first Regent Seven Seas cruise.
Cabins. Talk about space! Even the smallest cabins (Regent calls all of its cabins “suites”) are large by industry standards, at 252 square feet with a 49-square-foot balcony. So you have plenty of room to spread out without getting in the way of your traveling companion. All cabins include spacious walk-in closets, with more than enough room for hanging anything you packed, and then some.
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 in the mouth, it has sparked an interesting debate on the Cruise Critic forums.
The thread was started by member cruisr who spotted an article in the travel trade publication Travel Weekly where Crystal CEO Edie Rodriguez talked about a passenger who had taken four generations of her family on Crystal sailings over the last eight years.
“Edie was quoted as saying there is a very loyal guest that has put it in her will that her heirs must continue to sail on Crystal once per year on the line,” writes cruisr. “That is brand loyalty at its finest.”
This prompted some members to question if it was a step too far in imposing your will –, quite literally in this case –, on others.