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Archive for March, 2010

Why Will It Be A CruiseMates Group Cruise of Epic Proportions?

Combine The Blue Man Group, Cirque Productions, Legends in Concert, Second City Comedy Troupe, Celebrity Chef Matt Sigel, Halloween, Me… with all my CruiseMates friends, and what do you have? A group cruise of unquestionably Epic proportions! Over the 10 years CruiseMates has been in existence I’ve organized many, many group cruises to encourage members [...]

Television Is an Important Part of Your Cruise Experience, Even If You Don’t Know It

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.  So one wonders… do you take those television watching habits onboard [...]

Travel Radio Interview: Sandy Fenton

I will be a guest on Sandra Fenton’s Triple AAA Radio Show for a full hour Saturday, April 24th. It will air at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time and can be heard on the WHP580 radio station and on the Internet at Let’s Talk Travel with Sandy Fenton.  Sandy is an avid cruise enthusiast like me, [...]

Ever Lost Your Keys to the Car? What Happens When the Captain Loses the Key To The Ship?

During the course of my day at Seatrade- Cruise Shipping Miami Conference- I visited the booth of Ving Card, one of the major suppliers of door locking systems for the cruise lines, along with identity recognition equipment. In discussing the equipment and latest technological advances with Ving Card’s Vice President of Marine Operations, Gerald McMillan [...]

Become a CruiseMates “Alluretian” And Be Eligible To Win a FREE cruise!

On Jan. 23, 2011 a large group of CruiseMates will be boarding the largest ship in the world; Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. You can not only be onboard to join us in the fun, but everyone who is booked with us on this group cruise will be eligible for a random drawing to [...]

Are Cruise Travel Agents Justified in Charging Service Fees?

Traditionally Travel Agent’s earnings have been based on commissions paid by cruise lines as compensation for selling their product; cruises. Of late more agencies are adding an additional fee paid for by the purchaser; asking the purchaser to supplement their commissionable earnings with a “service fee”. The question now arises — Is the “service fee” [...]