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Archive for October, 2009

When Everything Is About Oasis, What’s a Cruise Blogger Like Me To Do?

Let’s face it; for the next month or two all the “news” is about, or going to be about, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. I have to admit it’s for a good reason; with the upcoming debut of the largest ship yet, and the largest by 50%. For months we’ve heard about it with […]

What Is The Most Difficult Cruise Question to Answer?

Over the past decade at CruiseMates I’ve been asked all sorts of questions about cruising, both via message board posts, and private emails. Do you know what the most difficult question to answer is? No, it’s not how much are hookers in Paris?…. Though I really don’t know the answer to that either. It’s “how […]

Have Declining Prices Led to Declining Civility Onboard?

Though there have been a few hiccups along the way, since Sept. 11/01 the price of cruises have quite consistently floated near historic lows; the latest drops beginning this past year as the world economies battled recession. Along with the declining prices we’ve seen more complaints about the decline in quality of food on many […]

Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure

The FTC ruled yesterday that bloggers who accept free gifts from product suppliers must disclose their relationship to the supplier if they write a review of the product. I am sure many of you remember certain travel web sites having people in their message boards and reader-submitted reviews who appeared to be average, paying consumers […]