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Cruising’s Intoxicating Moments

While every type of business depends on repeat business, I believe there are few with a loyal customer base as cruising. On virtually every sailing of every ship, there are hundreds and hundreds of people who’ve cruised before; at least several times; often many times.’ Fact is, it is very infrequent occurrence that passengers disembark [...]

Restaurant Row

Right off the bat, let’s make it clear, this piece is not talking about how you’re going to have to row to help power the ship, while you’re dining. In pretty much every city in the world, there are “restaurant rows”; streets, or blocks of an area, where one can virtually go door to door to many different [...]

Don’t Allow Your Brain To Go On Vacation

In 2011; 66-year-old Oscar Antonio Mendoza, a passenger from the Celebrity Solstice, died from injuries incurred as a result of a mugging, while he was strolling near the port in Naples, Italy. This man died because a criminal spotted the Rolex watch he was wearing, and attempted to take it from him. Yes, the port [...]

Tips For Currency Conversion

The spring/summer cruise season has begun. Ships are or have been repositioning to where many will be sailing itineraries not usual to those they sailed during the winter months. If you’re going to be amongst the millions preparing to cruise you’ve no doubt given some thought to your spending on that cruise, and with that, thoughts [...]

Mental Health Concerns

Back a few months, in December ’13, a couple on the Celebrity Millennium, cruising in Australia, were put off the ship in Cairns because a woman with dementia had been left aboard alone while her husband took a tour. The manner with which  Celebrity cruise line reacted to this situation drew reactions that ran the [...]

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 [...]