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Mistakes To Avoid

Ship happens but there are a few simple things you can do to avoid the most common blunders. # 1 – The most common mistake can occur at the moment you decide to book your cruise. DO NOT pay the deposit you make to book your cruise, or make your final payment, using cash or [...]

“How To Be A Cruiser”- Training Now Available

It is with intense pride we announce the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a four day seminar designed specifically to make you a qualified cruiser. Have you ever stepped onto a cruise ship and felt that you simply don’t fit in? Have you stood around aimlessly, wondering how you are going to find [...]

The Cruise Countdown

Whether you’re a first time cruiser, or an old salt regular who cruises often, one of the most exciting parts of your cruise experience is the cruise countdown. It might seem odd that I refer to the countdown as a part of the cruise experience. But it certainly is, and the main reason it is, [...]

Do Cruise Ships Just Want To Be Resorts

In the past decade the most noticeable “innovations” in the cruise industry ( in the contemporary mass market segment) has been bigger and brasher. Several years ago I wrote a column about whether Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Oasis of the Sea, was going to change the industry. And even before they introduce their latest and [...]

Things No One Knows About Cruising

Within the pages and archives on CruiseMates one can find almost any information in existence regarding the cruise experience. Now it’s time to remove the “almost” from that sentence. I’m about to reveal the things about cruising that no one knew about, until now… For example, did you know that prior to a new ship [...]

Time For Thoughts Of Romance

With Valentine’s Day just days away, it’s time to talk about romance. And if you’ve surprised your “babe” with a cruise, there’s some tips for you here. The reputation of time at sea, from the beginning, has included thoughts of adventure, danger, and romance. More recently, with the advent of the cruise industry, romance has [...]

What You Shouldn’t Do In Port

There are already plenty of existing articles (many of which I wrote myself) offering advice on what to do during your visits in different ports of  call.  Now it’s time for me to offer some advice on what NOT to do while visiting a port. The most important thing not to do in a port [...]

Consider These Before You Book

Whether you’re ready to jump in and book a cruise, or you’re just beginning to think of the possibilities, there are two items I believe should be your first considerations. How To Book There are multiple ways to book a cruise; you can find a local “brick and mortar” travel agency in all variety of [...]

Cruising’s Multiple Personalities

To the uninitiated, with assistance from cruise line 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 [...]

Focus Group, Survey and Poll Results

During the course of the last twelve months I assigned myself the task of performing very extensive, time consuming, and expensive cruise research;including focus groups, surveys, and polls. My deadline has come, and it’s time to share the results of this fantastically interesting work. All of the mathematical work required to tabulate the final results [...]