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Elevators

Elevator Ups and Downs

Regardless of how many cruises you are on, each ship’s elevators create new challenges. It’s SOOOOO easy to get off of the elevator (especially when you are going back to YOUR cabin) and proudly turn to go where you think you are going only to notice halfway there that you are going the WRONG direction! […]
 
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Alaska Cruises

One of the most popular destinations I book for my clients is Alaska. If you have not yet done an Alaskan cruise yet, I HIGHLY recommend you do it !!! Alaska cruises usually call on at least two or three of the following cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway or Sitka; as well as cruising by at […]
 
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Muster Drill

The Muster Drill is basically an adult cruiser version of the elementary school fire drill — passengers and crew practice the steps they would take in an emergency situation. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea requires the Muster Drill to happen within 24 hours of departure, but is ‘usually’ done about […]
 
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Embarkation Process

When you first arrive at the pier to board and you see how HUGE the ship is, you will REALLY get excited! As you near the actual terminal, there will usually be a drop off point for your main luggage. If you CAN, drop your luggage off FIRST, even before you park – that way […]
 
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Credit Cards While Abroad

One of the best ways to insure your trip is to pay for it by using a credit card. It will help you keep track of your expenses as you plan your trip,  and then while ON your trip, credit cards are the suggested form of payment for any purchases you make at any of the […]
 
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The Formal Night Dilemma

On most every cruise line, you can wear pretty much anything you want during the day, except that you can not wear beachwear into the main dining room at lunch. For the evenings, however, every cruise line has slightly different ‘suggested’ dress for the evening, which can change daily. If there is something special you […]
 
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Suites

To continue with our exploration of the various kinds of cabins available on most cruise lines, in this post, I’ll be addressing Suites and Mini-Suites. Also see Cabins. Mini-Suite A mini-suite is more similar to a balcony cabin than it is to a full suite, but it is the least expensive ‘suite’ category. It has […]
 
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Cabins

The selection of your cabin category is one of the weirdest decisions to make about your cruise – it is the SOLE thing that determines how much you pay for your trip, yet you will spend the least amount of time there. Since everyone onboard arrives at the same time, the only advantage for picking […]
 
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AMA Waterways Meeting

In July 2013, I had the distinct privilege of meeting Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner, two of the three visionaries who started AMA Waterways. Rudi’s background in architecture, as well as his love for travel, had a big part in the design of their custom built ships, while Kristin brought her experience with another cruise […]
 
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Cruise Line International’s Bill of Rights

INTERNATIONAL CRUISE LINE PASSENGER BILL OF RIGHTS The Members of the Cruise Lines International Association are dedicated to the comfort and care of all passengers on oceangoing cruises throughout the world. To fulfill this commitment, our Members have agreed to adopt the following set of passenger rights: The right to disembark a docked ship if essential […]
 
Travel Locations Part 1

Location, Location, Location Part 1

 In real estate, they say it’s all about location, location, location. The same is true on a cruise ship. WHERE your cabin is on the ship is what determines the price you will pay for your cruise, even though you probably won’t spend much time there. When you are comparing the pricing for a cruise there […]
 
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Location, Location, Location Part 2

Now that you’ve figured out what cabin category you want to be in (See Location, Location, Location Part 1), it’s time to look at the FULL ship layout – NOT just the cabin you are considering, but what will be above you and below you! Above You The misconception is that the higher deck you […]
 
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The Truth About Cruise Prices

If you are in the process of researching a cruise, you might think you will get the best price by booking directly with the cruise line. Did you know that by doing that you’ll be putting MORE money in the cruise line’s pocket? Here’s how it works… When a cruise is announced and the prices […]