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Two Perspectives Answering the Top Ten Cruise Questions Asked on the Internet

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I was contacted by a representative of Apparently 50 Million people each month visit to seek answers to their questions. supplied me a list of the Top 10 cruise questions asked on their site, along with the answers that were supplied to the queries. And I was invited to offer my perpective of this “Top Ten”.  So,  below you’ll find their Top Ten questions; the responses Ask supplied; and my “Kuki take” on the questions

1. What is the best cruise line?

Ask responded: The best cruise line is the one that fits a given traveler’s interests, budget and travel style. If you’re traveling with young children, for instance, you’ll likely pick a very different cruise trip than a group of couples.

Kuki’s response : The best cruise line is the one that begins and ends all of it’s scheduled cruises. Of course you don’t know until the cruise ends, if it meets the criteria.

2. What should I pack for a cruise?

Ask responded: When packing for a cruise the best advice is to pack light. What type of clothing will depend on where you are going and what the weather will be like at the ports of call. You may need to bring formal attire for the evenings.

Kuki’s response: If you have to fly to your embarkation city wear 5 pair of underwear, a pair of shorts, a pair of slacks and 4 T-shirts (to avoid paying for luggage). If you can drive to the port, pack everything you own, so you have a choice onboard.

3. Where is the best place to stay on a cruise ship?

 Ask responded : This is definitely a matter of personal preference and there are pros and cons to each type of cabin. For instance, balcony cabins allow you to experience the outdoors without leaving the comfort of your cabin. Inside cabins are less expensive, but limit in-cabin sightseeing. Cruise lines price cabins according to their location, so budget will be a deciding factor as well.

Kuki’s response: I have two personal favourites in this regard. 1- the most expensive Owner’s Suite on the ship 2. Whatever cabin that production show singer, with the leg’s that don’t end, is in. Perhaps 2 could be 1. Either way would be fine.

4. Do I need a passport when I take a cruise?

 Ask responded: A passport is required on most cruises that stop at ports of call outside the U.S., and it is a good idea to have a valid passport for any cruise you take.

Kuki’s response: A passport is the very best and easiest to use form of identification. It is generally a good idea to use your own passport, rather than someone else’s when you travel.

5. What is the largest cruise ship in the world?

 Ask responded: The world’s largest cruise-liner is Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, measuring 225,282 gross tons.

Kuki’s response: Why are you asking? You have to never read, watch TV, or be dead, not to know Oasis the largest ship in the world.

6. How much fuel does a cruise ship use?

 Ask responded :The gas mileage for a cruise ship varies depending on the size and type of ship, how many passengers are aboard, and other factors, but many ships move about 30-50 feet per gallon of fuel.

Kuki’s response: I’m not sure, but I’d like to know if they use the self-serve or full service pumps. And I sure hope they use a credit card that collects reward miles.

7. Is there a way to track a cruise ship?

 Ask responded: 

Yes, the locations of cruise ships can be tracked at


Kuki’s response: Of course there is… just climb in a boat and follow behind the ship. You’ll always know where that ship is. Take a good set of binoculars

.8. How can I get a refund on my cruise?

 Ask responded : Different cruiselines have different cancelation and refund policies. Typically, if you cancel far enough in advance (timing also varies from company to company), a refund is not a problem. Travelers should closely read contracts before signing to fully understand cancelation and refund policies.

Kuki’s response: It’s impossible to get a refund on your cruise. You can try and stand at the Guest Relations Desk everyday throughout your cruise, complaining about anything and everything that comes to mind, regardless of any of it is true… and you still won’t get a refund.

But you may be the sort who views the time spent complaining as entertainment.

9. When is the best time to go on a cruise?

Ask responded: Deciding when to go on a cruise will depend on where you want to go. For example, if you want to go somewhere tropical, you’ll want to find out the weather patterns, if the area is prone to tropical storms, etc. Research the area you are cruising to establish the best time of year to take your trip.

Kuki’s response: I recommend cruising 4 times a year; one in each season. At least one of those will end up being the “best time to go on a cruise”.

10. How fast do cruise ships travel?

 Ask responded: Cruise ships travel at an average of between 21 to 24 knots.

Kuki’s response: Cruise ships will generally obey any posted speed limit signs.


 Cruise ships travel faster than hurricanes. That’s all you really need to know.

You can ask about anything at, not just cruising. You can also ask me anything you like; just don’t expect a straight answer.

– A View From the Kuki Side of Cruising –


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Comment from Paul Motter
Time July 21, 2010 at 7:32 am


Comment from Les
Time July 23, 2010 at 11:08 am

All cruises are great! Some are even better!

Comment from Mike M
Time July 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Is the ship’s water safe to drink?

No. They poison it in order to kill off every passenger onboard. This lowers the amount of work and the complaints that the staff have to put up with. 🙂

Funny article, Kuki.

Take care,

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