Oct 152016
Boarding in Vancouver

Boarding in Vancouver

For new cruisers, the process of checking in to get onto the ship is made simple by watching this video. Please note that although the video is from long ago, the process remains the same. Canada Place is now where passengers board the ships.

New technology has made the process even easier in some ports and with some cruise lines. For example, Royal Caribbean uses tablets to check you in as you approach the terminal. What a great benefit this was when I checked in for my cruise on Anthem of the Seas. And even though I forgot to register online before the deadline, I was able to walk right up to the counter because the people with good memories and knowledge of current dates had done their registrations online. That meant no lines for the non-compliant – aka forgetful- types like me.

As far as that welcome champagne – or any other welcome beverage, don’t count on it. Things have changed. Unless you are on a luxury cruise, there will be no welcome drinks.

Do you have any tactics for checking in? Do you like to arrive early or at the last minute?

Sail Away

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Jul 142016
Two New Luxury Ships Christened

The luxury cruising market continues to grow and two new ships were christened adding to that growing segment of cruise options. Regent Seven Seas Explorer Claiming to be the most luxurious ship at sea, the Regent Seven Seas Explorer debuted in Monte Carlo. Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco cut the ribbon and released …Read more

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Mar 232016
Zika Prepared

Zika virus continues to spread throughout the world and the CDC has listed travel notices for the areas where this virus exists. Many of these countries are those visited by cruise ships. The virus is carried by the Aedes mosquito and there is no vaccine for it. Take the same precautions that you would for …Read more

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Mar 142016
Cruise Appreciation

Long ago, I thought that cruising was incredibly expensive and only for the wealthy. I since realized that cruising is one of best values in the vacation world. Where else can you be entertained, served great meals, have comfy sleeping quarters and have transportation to a variety of destinations? If you aren’t convinced, just for …Read more

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