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Gone Kuki

Over 15 years ago Paul Motter and Anne Campbell approached me inviting me to join them writing for their new website, At the time I had spent 15 years in the bar and restaurant business, and was a relatively new but avid cruiser. I had somehow stumbled into a position hosting a cruise message […]

A Taste

Cruising is in fact one facet of the travel and tourism industry which ranks amongst the highest in satisfaction ratings from past clients. Though, naturally, it is not without complaints. One of the most common complaints is lack of time in port. Time in port is generally dictated by the proximity of the ports of […]

Things You Can Do Right

Over my years at CruiseMates I’ve written many advice columns about how you, and your attitude, contribute to how well you enjoy your cruise experience. This week I thought I would attempt to get to some of the very basics that will help lay a foundation for a successful cruise. #1 – The most important […]

I’m All In For Dining Options

The very first “alternate” restaurant on board a ship that I recall hearing about was in 2000, just prior to the arrival of the Costa Atlantica into the United States. At the time I was aghast, when I learned they would be charging an extra fee for those who wanted to dine there. At that time […]

Wowed By Technology

Just the other day I had 3 guys with a big truck come to my house to cart away my 65 ” rear projection cabinet television, that must have weighed 400 lbs. As I sat on my front deck watching them struggle to get this monstrosity through the front door, I thought about how technology has changed […]

Cruise Ship’s Personalities

With assistance from cruise line’s previous marketing campaigns and word of mouth from their friends and neighbors, many people view cruising through mental images of fine dining, fancy dress, lively fun on sun decks, and Las Vegas style floor shows. Today’s cruise industry is much more complex than that; cruising today has multiple personalities. Through the 1990s […]

Why Teens Should Cruise

A few weeks ago I wrote about why seniors should cruise. Clearly, being a senior I am much more familiar with that situation than I am teens. But, honestly I was a teen once. And when my sons were teens, I know they loved cruising, and I think I may know why. #1 – The […]

Finding The (Illusive) Great Travel Agent

Over the years,in  every article I  ever wrote about choosing a cruise, or booking a cruise, I’ve recommended talking to, and booking with a travel agent; preferably one who specializes in cruises. In my view, the alternative – booking directly with a cruise line – is the least desirable option available. So, many times I’ve been asked the million dollar […]

It’s Great To Celebrate On A Cruise

Thankfully during the course of our lives we have many life events we celebrate. The celebration of many of those life events are easily arranged and enjoyed on cruise ships. Birthdays are a great reason to celebrate. They occur every year, so we’re supplied with an annual reason to indulge ourselves. To celebrate you can […]

Why Seniors Should Cruise

Before anyone gets up in arms accusing me of ageism ( before even reading this piece).  And prior to the “Grey Army”  being given its marching orders, to rebut  me full force,  I want to make it clear, I am myself a senior. I’m one of you;  a card carrying member of AARP. My hair is fully white-grey, and I wake […]