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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 [...]

Reminiscing

2013 has come to a close. I think as each year ends and a new year begins we all look back at what we’ve done, and forward to what we are going to do. So this week’s blog is about me looking back. I’ve been writing for Cruisemates for near 14 years, and I’ve certainly [...]

Nigerian Scam Comes To Cruising

Over the years, I’m sure most everyone has received emails  from purported lawyers , offering large amounts of money from wealthy business people, or inheritances from unknown, long lost relatives. These have generally come to be referred to as Nigerian email scams. There have been all sorts of various take offs on these scams, and now I’m happy to [...]

No Guarantee Of A Seaworthy Vessel

To be clear, and up front, it’s plainly obvious that I am an an avid cruise enthusiast. I think cruising is the best vacation experience available. It combines vacation, travel, entertainment, and adventure, all quite inexpensively. And I do believe the vast majority of sailings are safe, and incidents and issues are indeed very rare. [...]