Posts Tagged ‘cruise’

Cruise where and with whom

August 22, 2012

If you were able to take any cruise, anywhere and take along a companion (living or dead), what would be your choices.

Many people have a number of reasons for their choices and I find it interesting to listen to.

Personally, I would chose to sail on the SS Normandie with Winston Churchill on one of the Blue Ribbon crossings.

My reasons are that the Normandie was one of the greatest Ocean Liners and it was unfortunate she was destroyed by careless American dock workers during her refit as a troop ship.

Secondly, Winston Churchill is a great hero of mine, and I would love to have been able to ask him some questions, even if some of the responses would be rude.  It would be fantastic.

How about anyone else?

Does the choice of a vehicle matter?

August 20, 2012

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This is a strange question but a valid one.  I am driving a representative of one the planet’s biggest search engines, and I was asked which company vehicle I wished to use.  I instantly opted for the Alfa Romeo Spyder rather than the Ford Focus and was instantly ridiculed as being snobbish.

My personal choices had included a comfortable passage for my passenger but has also included the nice soft leather seats and decent air con unit, rather than the cramped interior of the Focus.

Was there an unintentional though of the importance of the passenger and picking a better car.  Personally I don;t think so.  I think most people go for comfort not looks.

It’s the same with cruise ships.  Some passengers will book a cruise, because they want a big name like Cunard so they can tell their friends, but many like myself, will return to the same ship or cruiseline, due to the comfort they received or indeed the destinations of the ship

I suppose at the end of the day, we all make our choices for our own reasons, and that’s what makes us all different.

What should I wear on a cruise? Destinations affect your choice

August 16, 2012

Many people are choosing cruising as a holiday option, and one of the first questions that arises, is what to wear.

One of the problems with this question, is that there are so many answers, and these depend on the cruise, the destination, time of year and indeed the ship itself.

We will concentrate on Destination

When booking  a cruise, one of the many options is the destination of the ship, the itinerary.  This is important to many people as it will have a huge bearing on the climate and the sorts of ports the ship will stop at.  For instance, if a cruise is travelling around the Mediterranean during the summer, there is a great likelihood that the weather will be mainly hot, and many of the ports the ship visits will indeed also be hot and dry climates.

For a cruise of this nature, men would want to pack loose trousers or shorts and a variety of cotton shirts or t shirts.  Ladies should consider packing long loose dresses with a variety of shawls or sari’s for both the option to mix and match, and also the chance to cover up bare flesh both from the sun, and any religious sites you may wish to visit. You should be well prepared for dirty, dusty roads, so although white is a great colour for reflecting heat, it will also show dirt very quickly.  Most ships will either have a laundry service or indeed a self-service laundrette.

Footwear is also important.  Men will need to be persuaded to take more than one pair of shoes A smart pair for on-board the ship and something for ashore.  Ladies are best to take some sensible flat shoes for walking and some nice ones on the ship, some ladies prefer not to wear very high heels, due to the rare chance of some movement on the ship, but this comes down to personal preference.

Evenings are a completely different affair.  Whilst on shore and around the pool, a relaxed casual dress code is normal, evenings on board the ship become a completely different entity.  All ships become semi-formal in the evenings after 6pm.  The degree of formality depends on the ship and indeed the evening.  Pool wear or ultra-casual clothing would be frowned upon.  After 6pm, passengers are expected to dress for the evening, with gentlemen wearing a shirt and trousers, and ladies some form of dress.  One of the best ways to describe the evening wear on most ships, is one of smart, the sort of clothing you would wear if you were going out in the evening to restaurant of some quality.

indeed, care should be made to enquire how many formal nights are undertaken on the ship, as formal nights take the dress code on step forward, and men are expected to wear a dinner jacket or at least a smart dark suit, with a shirt and tie, whereas ladies are expected to wear some form of evening dress or smart trouser suit.  Although formal dressing is on the wane, dressing on formal nights is the one occasion when dressing for the cruise comes into its own.

In fact, new passengers will find that it is not only the dresses and suits that appear in the evening on formal nights, but also the bags, and shawls and jewellery. Indeed, on a formal night, the ships are usually spending a day at sea, and a passenger new to cruising will be shocked to find, the on-board hairdressers, massage and treatment rooms all fully booked, as many passengers prepare for the evening.

If the fun and games of formal nights are really the sort of thing you enjoy on holiday, there is a steady and slightly growing trend of formal night avoidance.  This is where passengers who do not wish to dress up formally, actually keep away from the main rooms on the ship. This sounds drastic, however, there are usually alternate dining rooms, especially the buffet ones, which will operate as normal on a formal night, and will not expect the full dinner jacket and cocktail dress attire, however, some passengers feel awkward doing this, so again it comes down to personal choice.

A slightly alternative option is to choose an informal cruise and try to keep these occasions to a minimum or indeed removed completely, or chose a ship that offers the alternate dining and entertainment options.

Why not take a look at My Cruise Wardrobe, they have an outstanding selection of outfits, both poolside and evening wear suitable for cruising along with advice. You can also check out http://www.cruising4holidays.com for information on the various destinations and cruise ships, which will hopefully assist you in booking a cruise in the future.

Have you considered the Argentinian political situation before choosing a cruise?

August 9, 2012

Sounds like a strange question.  After all, the last conflict with Argentina was over 30 years ago.  However, unfortunately, the Argentinian government are still, 30 years later causing problems for the Falkland Islands over their belief that they should hold sovereignty over the islands as they are closer to Argentina than to the United Kingdom, ignoring the will and rights of the islanders themselves.

How does this affect your choice of cruises? Well unfortunately Argentina has decided that they will block any ships using their ports if they have visited the Falkland Islands.  This economic blockade has already affected two cruise ships that visited the Falklands, before attempting to dock at Ushuaia, a popular destination based right at the southernmost tip of Argentina,  on the southern shore of the island of Tierra del Fuego.

The two cruise ships in question had to forgo any plans for this port and move on to Chile.

Many cruise companies will be adjusting their routes or making other plans, but it is worth bearing in mind that your plans may be altered at very short notice.  Both the ports of Ushuaia and Port Stanley are excellent places to visit, it would appear for the time being, cruises will have to visit one or the other.

The website www.cruising4holidays.com has a brief highlight of both destinations for you to read further.

Firstly take a look at Ushusia in Argentina

then look at Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands

Whichever port you visit on your next cruise, you are bound to have a great time

Visiting the Falkland Islands by a Cruise ship

June 1, 2012

The ships had Already visitedIt’s not often, the Falkland Island’s issues affect holiday choices to most mainland UK people planning a holiday.

In reality, you could actually say that the last time there was an issue was back in 1982, when Argentina invaded the Falklands under their military Junta government.

However, that is over thirty years ago, so why would UK passengers be affected now, so long after the conflict.

Well, unfortunately, Argentina has effectively installed an economic blockade on the Falkland islands, in an effort to force the UK government to hand over the islands, into Argentine sovereignty .  Unfortunately for Argentina, the Falklands are self governed and have mandate from the UK to make their own decisions, and without being included in any conversations with Argentina, there will never be a discussion.

The passengers were only able to see this from onboard

Unaccessible land

The problem this causes, is that recently some cruise ships have been turned away from docking at Ushuaia, which is based right at the southern most tip of Argentina on the southern shore of the island of Tierra del Fuego.  Ushuaiais the furthest south town in Argentina and indeed the world, which makes it a popular destination.

Recently, the cruise ships, having already visited the Falklands, were refused permission to dock, leaving the cruise company in a position of having a ship full of passengers, and no place to land.

Luckily, Chile has always had good links with the Falklands, and the ships were able to dock  in Punta Arenas.

The two ships in question were the The Star Princess, Princess Cruise Line and the Adonia, P&O Cruises.

At the end of the day, although the passengers were offered a solution, it must have been upsetting for those passengers who wished to view Ushuaia, and who may have chosen that particular cruise just for that destination, just because of politics.  It’s also a shame for the Argentinian locals, who rely on cruise ship business for their livelihood and this was taken away from them.

In the future, whilst Argentina continues to undertake its economic blockade, potential cruises should be weighed up, would you prefer to visit the Falklands or Argentina, as it would appear Argentina are making you choose.  Alternatively, you could check that the cruise visits Argentina first, before the Falklands so you can do both.

Further reading on the matter of the ships being refused can be found here and here

Do prostitutes operate on cruise ships?

May 22, 2012

Well, it’s all change of direction for me.  The blog has not been updated for a while due to personal circumstances.

So, to start things back on the right track, I thought I would re-launch with a nice punchy subject.

Many people choose cruising as  a holiday choice for many different reasons, be it the constantly changing surroundings, or the lavish food and drink options.

Other people do not choose cruising, some from personal preferences, but unfortunately, some do not choose cruising due to misconceptions

The Website www.cruising4holidays.com  offers a complete overview of most of the ships currently sailing and is due to also include previous favourite ships too.

The place you may want to check out is the help and advice.  The rather direct question of this blog post is actually answered on the site, here.

Sesame Street is 40

November 9, 2009

Well, who would think it. Sesame street is 40 years old this week.

As part of the celebrations even google search engine is helping spread the word with a whole week of google search cartoons incorporating some of the characters from the street, such as Bert and Ernie, Cookie Monster and The Count.

There is also some very special guests including Michelle Obama again.

My favourites from the programe when it was on TV in the UK was The Count and of course the Cookie Monster.

The program was successful in the UK, but probably annoyed some adults when children started using amercian and spanish words for everday items such as water, insisting it was aqua, or indeed promouncing Zee rather than the English Zed.

The UK was not against the characters in total and over the years Sesame Street existed on various channels, however, it had no way of competing with the Muppet show, the stranger and less educational fun show, featuring a couple of the Muppets from the street but mainly a whole new crew.

Still, it’s something to ponder over.

What has this got to do with cruising?  With cruising4holidays.com, we hope we can provide you with high quality information to help you choose a cruise that is perfect for you and not run by Muppets. Sorry, it’s a loose link, but hey, it works

Andy Skinner
cruising4holidays.com